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Oil to Kashmir — Why China, not Saudi Arabia, is Pakistan’s only Big Brother now

China has again been Pakistan’s friend — bailing it out of Saudi loans and raising the Kashmir at UNSC. But Islamabad is fast losing other friends in Islamic world.
US President Donald Trump, left, Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, center, and Narendra Modi at G-20 summit in Osaka | Photo: Carl Court/Pool via Bloomberg

Japan, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and BCCI: Why Modi’s China headache just got bigger this week

From Japan’s demands to Jaishankar’s comment on China, it is clear why India continues to choose ‘strategic autonomy’, the 21st-century version of ‘non-alignment’.
PM Modi shakes hand Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal | @narendramodi/Twitter

Modi’s Hindutva agenda is unsettling Bangladesh, time Delhi reaches out to reassure Hasina

The docking of an Indian ship from Haldia at Chittagong port is an amazing breakthrough in the on-off bilateral relationship. So why are Modi and Hasina silent about it?
File photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Rahul Gandhi, Jaishankar picks an easy target. Modi govt’s real task is to push China back

Everything the BJP govt has done since 19 June is to tiptoe around PM Modi's statement on the Chinese intrusion in Ladakh during the all-party meeting.
File image of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli | Photo: PTI

‘Nepali’ Ram to Pakistan’s Krishna temple — the battle of the Hindu gods in India’s neighbourhood

Nepal PM KP Oli’s comments on Hindu god Ram being Nepali seems to be a last-ditch attempt to save his chair. And a Krishna temple in Islamabad has shaken up Pakistan.
Modi-Xi summit

How India lined up US, Russia on its side of LAC and China was forced to return friendless

China is disengaging from the LAC, and also taking back the message that India has far more friends in the world today. The last 24 hours have truly been PM Modi’s.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the auction process of coal blocks for commercial mining in New Delhi Thursday. | PTI

Who is India fighting – PTI, Congress or its own ambassador in China? Xi knows the answer

During Kargil, Vajpayee united the political class to secure national interest. Now, Modi’s BJP is fighting the opposition and PTI’s reporting as China watches.
An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

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.

As Modi-Jaishankar go silent on China-Nepal, Army chief Naravane left to do heavy lifting

Be it Chinese incursion or Nepal's new map, a perfect foreign policy storm is gathering to the detriment of India. But there is no word form Jaishankar, let alone PM Modi.
Uyghur Muslims and Xinjiang

Chinese media is the superspreader of disinformation: From Covid to Ladakh

Beijing is using Chinese media to put out two messages, both of which it hopes will distract the world from the truth and help keep the LAC vague, undemarcated.

On Camera

Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.