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File photo | Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Parliament House | PTI

China’s time is over. BJP-Congress only need to see the current crisis through as a team

Xi Jinping may like to believe that modern China is the centre of global power structure. But Covid-19 has poured cold water over all its military and economic calculations.

Galwan clash is a turning point as Indian soldiers give Chinese a bloody nose

Indian democracy's chaotic nature rescued PM Modi after his muddled messages from the all-party meeting even as 2 messages from Galwan clash went out into the world.
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China releases new details of national security legislation for Hong Kong

Details of the measures to punish acts of secession, subversion and terrorism in Hong Kong had been kept secret since the drafting of the law was approved.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | File image | @SecPompeo | Twitter

Pompeo cites Ladakh tensions, accuses China of playing ‘rogue actor’ around world

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comments as he addressed Copenhagen Democracy Summit, a conclave held by non-profit Alliance of Democracies Foundation.
A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

Ladakh, scenic Himalayan desert at the centre of most fierce India-China conflict in 53 yrs

Ladakh’s barren landscape used to be populated by tourists, until PLA incursion in Galwan Valley and the killing of 20 Indian soldiers turned it into the ground zero of LAC conflict.
George Fernandes with Arun Nehru (C)

India’s Socialist leaders warned China was bigger enemy, but both BJP and Congress ignored

Ram Manohar Lohia, George Fernandes and Mulayam Singh Yadav always saw China as a bigger threat than Pakistan, and wanted India to recalibrate its foreign policy accordingly.

Xi Jinping’s brand of Marxism needed a boost. China’s war against coronavirus will be useful

Rather than causing Communist China to crumble, the virus will serve as a catalyst in Xi’s bid to show his brand of Marxism as a challenge to global capitalism.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China delayed Covid warning by 6 days, there was a ‘cover-up’ going on: Fareed Zakaria report

In CNN investigative report ‘China’s Deadly Secret’, Fareed Zakaria said Wuhan tried to cover up outbreak — 'most likely local officials wanted to remove bad news from moving to Beijing'.
President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

China’s virus vaccine will be global public good, says Xi Jinping at WHO meet

Among the dozens of vaccine projects under way worldwide, China has five candidates already in human trials. More will enter such tests next month.
File photo | Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping during the 11th BRICS Summit | PTI

Modi wants ‘closer partnership’ with China, says Covid-19 reminder of interconnected world

Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and Jaishankar write to their Chinese counterparts on completion of seven decades of diplomatic ties between India and China.

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Apps displayed on a phone | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Chinese apps ban doesn’t end user data theft. There is bloatware you can’t even uninstall

Considering India doesn’t have a dedicated law on data protection, regulators should either ban these pre-installed apps or make them more accountable.
A deserted road during the 'triple lockdown' strategy in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 July | ANI Photo

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

PLA troops ‘completely move out’ of Galwan as India-China head towards total disengagement

India and China have begun a second attempt at disengagement in Ladakh after a 61-day stand-off along the western sector of the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.