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America isn’t really a middle-class nation, but Clinton to Obama, all relied on the myth

In ‘The Sinking Middle Class’, David Roediger writes about how Democrats and Republicans praise the middle-class as America’s heart. But numbers tell a different story.

‘I am a cultural leech’ — White US professor apologises for pretending to be Black for years

Jessica Krug teaches African-American history at Georgetown University and even wrote a book on transatlantic slave trade.
Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Shinzo Abe

What really matters to China when it comes to the Quad. It’s not the security pacts

Despite India, Australia, US and Japan’s efforts for a multinational alternative to China, it’s not going to take off for quite a while.
Representational image of Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping| Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

‘Standing up against China’ — India set to step into another minilateral within Indo-Pacific

Foreign ministers of India, Australia and Indonesia to meet soon to formalise agenda on security and economic connectivity.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris | Twitter/Joe Biden

Modi’s India prefers Trump but Indian-Americans like Biden-Harris more

Here's why the Indian-American community is the toast of town—Republican and Democrat—as US presidential election nears.
An image released by the US Treasury Department identifying Chinese national Zhang Taotao and his drug network. | Photo: US Treasury Department

US sanctions one of world’s most ‘significant’ drug traffickers — 32-year-old Chinese national

US imposed sanctions against Zhang Taotao and his Hong Kong-based Allyrise Technology Group Co. Ltd for trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
India gets GSP benefits worth $5.6 billion out of the $46 billion worth of goods it exports to the US. | Shutterstock

India, US set to hold 2+2 talks, defence cooperation pact likely on agenda amid LAC standoff

New Delhi and Washington are likely to sign defence foundational pact BECA during the 2+2 meeting that has been in the works since July.
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China may have ‘underestimated’ strength of Indian reaction, FT’s Gideon Rachman says

At ThePrint's OTC, Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator Gideon Rachman says Beijing has alienated a very large neighbour that is India.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Hitting China’s soft power where it hurts. Pushback against TikTok, Confucius centres rise

Techno-nationalism connects a nation’s tech innovation to its self-image. Trump’s pushback against Chinese techno-nationalism is not limited to Huawei.
File image of Rodrigo Duterte, president of Philippines |SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Recession over for wealthy Americans, Duterte won’t take Russian vaccine & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

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Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.