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Modi shouldn’t echo Xi’s policies because India isn’t China on so many levels

Market economies seeking private investment don’t function well without autonomous institutions, checks on executive excess, and freedom to express opinion without fear.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

Has India spoilt the party for China ahead of CCP’s 100th anniversary? What Xi won’t say

It seems as if the penny has finally dropped in Beijing that the Modi government isn’t giving in to China’s aggression.
Indian and Chinese armoured columns pulling back from Rechin La on the southern side of Pangong Tso Wednesday | Credit: Army

How India stood its ground and forced China to end Pangong Tso aggression

China’s realisation that India won’t back down — that this stand-off could last longer than it calculated — was a key factor in forcing Beijing to agree to disengagement at Pangong Tso.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

Jack Ma just has to survive Xi Jinping’s purge and return as China’s Gorbachev

It is unlikely that billionaire Jack, who was last seen publicly in late October 2020, would go into self-hiding. And even if he is ‘lying low’, it is only to dodge the Xi Jinping administration.
President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

The brazenness of China’s meddling in Nepal’s politics & why Kathmandu is allowing it

A Communist Party of China delegation spent 4 days in Nepal, playing mediator between two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party. The Chinese envoy too held meetings with both factions.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

China is unveiling Xi-nomics, its new brand of capitalism, and how Jack Ma is cut to size

In episode 649 of Cut the Clutter, Shekhar Gupta discussed the cancellation of Jack Ma's Ant Group IPO and the deification of Chinese president Xi Jinping.
PLA's Western Theater Command is in charge of China's borders with India | Representational image | Bloomberg

China appoints new military commander for India border, but no change expected in stand-off

President Xi Jinping has appointed Gen. Zhang Xudong as head of the Western Theater Command, to replace the powerful Gen. Zhao Zongqi, who is retiring.
Former IFS officer Smita Purushottam's letter doesn't mention Huawei by name, but hits out at Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers | Photo: Bloomberg

With new telecom policy, Modi govt starts the game of hitting China where it hurts the most

The National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector has been framed keeping in mind the changed scenario and seeks to put powerful Chinese telecom companies into a corner.
File image of Indian PM Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina | Photo: PIB

China, not India, builds a bridge in Bangladesh, but Modi govt believes all is not lost yet

Sheikh Hasina will join Modi in a summit to mark Bangladesh's 50th independence anniversary, just when Dhaka has told Beijing to get lost or pay up for Chinese Covid vaccine trials.
President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

Xi Jinping announces more commitments by China to back global climate actions

Addressing the Climate Ambition Summit Saturday, Xi said that China has made important contributions to adopting the Paris agreement and active efforts in its implementation.

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Why Biden’s military strike in Syria should wake up Iran

By authorising air strikes on Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, Biden has demonstrated that he won't turn a blind eye on aggression in the hopes of resuming nuclear diplomacy.

Output of 8 core infrastructure sectors grows 0.1% in January

The core sectors had expanded by 2.2% in January 2020, according to the provisional data released Friday by the Commerce and Industry Ministry.


Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

India, Pakistan agree to observe ceasefire along LoC, pull back specialised offensive units

India and Pakistan aim for peace along LoC, with New Delhi being ‘cautiously optimistic’. There will, however, not be any let-up in anti-infiltration and anti-terror operations.
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India’s challenge is to avoid two-front war, but can Modi put politics aside for strategy?

India must break out of strategic triangulation with China & Pakistan. Before that, it must decide if it’ll let domestic electoral interests limit its strategic options.