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Dragon and the art of selective amnesia
Claude Arpi | 18 Sep , 2020 1 comment
Dragon and the art of selective amnesia

Zhao Lijian, the ‘wolfwarrior’ and spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did it again. On 7 September, during a press briefing, when asked to provide details about five missing Indian nationals from Arunachal Pradesh (who are said to have been captured by the People’s Liberation Army), the arrogant Zhao asserted:...

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Indo-China Stand Off : 2020
Indo-China Stand Off : 2020

Chinese media uses the terminology Sino-Indian Border Dispute while addressing issues involving India and China. Our media having achieved perfection at aping uses same term. Our military strategists too use the same terminology more often than not. To many, usage of term ‘Sino-Indian’ or ‘Indo-China’ might appear to be of no...

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Increase in FDI Cap Alone Not Enough for Defence Sector
Amit Cowshish | 16 Sep , 2020 0 comments
Increase in FDI Cap Alone Not Enough for Defence Sector

As a part of the policy reforms to repair the pandemic-affected economy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced on May 16 that the prevailing limit of 49 per cent on foreign direct investment (FDI) through the automatic route in the defence manufacturing sector will be raised to 74 per cent. Nearly four months later, this is going...

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Rafale induction and the make-believe brigade: India should focus on hard techno-military realities
Rafale induction and the make-believe brigade: India should focus on hard techno-military realities

The induction of five Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft into the Indian Air Force at a high-visibility ceremony at the Ambala Air Force Station on September 10 marks the first phase of the implementation of  the inter-government agreement (IGA) signed between India and France in September 2015. It was a coincidence that on the same day the...

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Time for an American base in an Indian island
Prakash Nanda | 14 Sep , 2020 0 comments
Time for an American base in an Indian island

If anything, the just concluded visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Russian capital Moscow for attending the meet of the defence ministers of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has exposed the Chinese duplicity once again. It was the Chinese side which requested a parley of the defence ministers of the...

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