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China is only a few points away from dislodging the US from being global super power

China has already embarked on an ambitious ‘expand geography’ project through OBOR, forays into the South China Sea, building a string of pearls in IOR.
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Global Pulse: Australia hopes its new deputy prime minister can stabilise its weak coalition

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's prime minister, can breathe a sigh of relief now that his coalition has a new deputy prime minister.
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TalkPoint: What does the rise of Xi Jinping mean for India?

China is looking to abolish term limits on presidency. Experts weigh in on Xi Jinping's consolidation of power and its impact on India.
File photo of Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi.

Unable to deliver on economy, Modi, Xi & Abe have resorted to empty sledging

While China’s Xi has resorted to an anti-corruption campaign, Japan’s Abe and Modi have switched to nationalism to retain popularity.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Xi Jinping’s Achilles heel: economy and control over the PLA

Insights of two professors at Harvard University offer a granular look at the recent rise of Xi and his methodical pursuit and consolidation of power. 
Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

The emerging ‘Quad’ in the Indo-Pacific, and how it can counter China

Apprehensions about China have brought back the idea of the ‘Quad’ of democratic nations – US, Japan, India, and Australia – about 10 years after it was mooted.
Trump and Jinping at a press conference table at the G20

Engaging and managing the dragon is a tough proposition

As President Trump prepares for his visit to China and East Asia, Jeffrey Bader, Kevin Rudd and Graham Allison offer different perspectives on China.

Global Pulse: A not-so-brave new world

The US may never go back to what it was. The Saudi kingdom has little semblance with even its recent past.  Is the political landscape across the globe changing in indelible ways?
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Global Pulse: Mohammad bin Salman is deliberately dismantling traditional governance in Saudi Arabia

From Saudi Arabia and the US to Spain and Japan, the current world mood seems to be in favour of strongmen and political crackdowns on dissenters.
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Global Pulse: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump?

America’s democracy has received another blow, even as its president insists all is okay. Russia, which is silently watching, has many questions to answer: Why were the Russians so keen on Trump to begin with? And Xi Jinping could end up looking very “unpowerful” after amassing all the power that he has. Does the world need to acknowledge that our politics simply can’t be fixed by political means? Why were the Russians so keen on Trump? The indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for money-laundering and tax fraud is, as the Financial Times argues, “enough to frighten any friend of America”. “If they are true, Donald Trump’s campaign manager from March to August 2016 -- a period encompassing his nomination by the Republican party -- was a criminal. Not a criminal in some abstract or technical sense: Mr Manafort is accused of laundering millions of dollars, evading taxes, and...

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Yogi Adityanath said ‘gunda raj’ over and people bought it. But UP crime still the worst

The Yogi Adityanath govt’s brazen touting of encounter killings has gained popular support, but has failed to curb crime on the ground in Uttar Pradesh.
People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Indian Army personnel in Srinagar (file) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Army postpones mandatory annual, periodic medical tests of soldiers as Covid cases rise

Army conducts annual & periodic medical exams to assess fitness of all soldiers. Decision to postpone tests expected to ease burden on military hospitals.
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.