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China’s Growth Strategy: Beyond Covid & Diversifying Supply Chains

NEW DELHI: Tomorrow and the day after, China will kick off separate meetings of the country’s top advisory and legislative bodies—Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), respectively. Two sessions, as the annual gatherings are called, offer insights into the government’s focus areas and the direction of governance. This year’s […]Read More

Khalilzad Pitched ‘Participatory Govt’ To Afghan Leaders: Sources

NEW DELHI: U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly discussed the formation of a participatory government in Afghanistan during his recent meetings with the Afghan political leaders in Kabul, including President Ashraf Ghani, sources familiar with the Afghan peace process said on Tuesday. Sources close to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah […]Read More

Delhi Wouldn’t Want To Sacrifice Strategic Ties: Ex-Envoy Gautam Mukhopadhaya

NEW DELHI: On ‘The Gist’, Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, India’s former envoy to Myanmar takes a deep dive into the crackdown post the military coup, the killing of reportedly over 30 protesters, India’s restrained statements, China’s position, U.S. and western sanctions, ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the pro-democracy movement. In this discussion with […]Read More

India’s Two Front ‘Peace’: What Next For Ties With China,

NEW DELHI: There’s relative calm along India’s western and northern frontiers—along the Line of Actual Control with Pakistan and along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, with China. While the Director Generals of India and Pakistan have spoken and renewed the pledge to adhere to ceasefire, the Corps Commanders of India and China have […]Read More

Deadlines Squeezed, Ladakh Infrastructure Gets A Boost

HIMACHAL PRADESH & LADAKH: Chinese aggression on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh has compressed longer timelines that Indian military planners were working on to secure Ladakh by building infrastructure for dual use—civilian as well as military—in the high altitude areas. Roads, bridges and tunnels that were planned to be completed by 2025 […]Read More

India Set To Enter UN Security Council As Non-Permanent Member,

NEW DELHI: India’s set for smooth sail as the United Nations General Assembly votes today to elect five non-permanent members of the Security Council. It’s the only contender for the sole seat from the Asia Pacific grouping (China and Pakistan included) that has unanimously backed its candidature. This will be India’s eighth stint at the […]Read More

Khorasan Files: The Journey Of Indian ‘Islamic State’ Widows

NEW DELHI: Thiruvananthapuram to Tora Bora: Sonia Sebastian/Ayisha, Merrin Jacob/ Mariyam, Raffeala and Fathima Isa/Nimisha in the ‘Islamic State’ terror group. This StratNews Global Exclusive ties Indian women with MBA and engineering degrees to the world’s most bloodthirsty terrorist group. We piece together an account of how two groups of 60 Indians made their way […]Read More