What would India’s role in Afghanistan be with the Chinese backing Taliban

New Delhi, Sep 14: India is watching closely, China’s role in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. While India may have shut down its embassies and consulates in Afghanistan due to the evolving situation, it has however kept a communication channel open with the Taliban.

Afghanistan watchers tell OneIndia that, India will tread patiently on the issue. There is still plenty of confusion in Afghanistan and unless the entire process settles down, New Delhi will not decide on the next move.

However, the concern would be the Chinese involvement in Afghanistan. China is looking to fill in the geopolitical space which was recently vacated by the United States. China would also be looking to consolidate its influence in Asia.

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Help us expand footprint in Afghanistan: Taliban delegation tells China

New Delhi, July 28: The Taliban has reached out to the Chinese to help it expand its footprint in Afghanistan. The same was conveyed by Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar during a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi held on July 27.

The Taliban in a statement said that Mullah Baradar travelled to China for two days as the head of a high ranking delegation of nine people. He held separate meetings with Wang who is the Chinese special representative for Afghansitan.

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Made in China drone may have been used in Jammu IAF base attack

New Delhi, July 05: A drone suspected to be made in China was used in the attack on the Indian Air Force base in Jammu and Kashmir, the probe has revealed.

The attack is currently being investigated by the National Investigation Agency. This was a clear act of terror aimed at targeting military assets, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said earlier, while stating that a detailed investigation into the attacks were underway.

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Vaccine, Afghanistan, China top India-US discussions during EAM’s visit

New Delhi, May 30: The United States has assured India that in the view of it withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration would keep a close watch on the Af-Pak region to ensure that security in the region does not deteriorate.

The US security team also assured visiting Indian External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar of an appropriate response if things go south in Afghanistan.

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On COVID-19 origin, White House adviser says need transparent process from China

Washington, May 26: The world needs to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19, a senior White House coronavirus adviser has said. He also said that the World Health Organisation and China have to do more to reach the definitive answers in the matter.

“It is our position that we need to get to the bottom of this and we need a completely transparent process from China. We need the WHO (World Health Organization) to assist in that matter. We don’t feel like that we have that now,” Andy Slavitt, White House adviser said.

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India third largest military spender globally behind US, China

New Delhi, Apr 27: India is the third highest military spender behind the United States and China, according to the latest military expenditure database prepared by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

It said that the US accounted for 39 per cent of the money spent on military globally, followed by China at 13 per cent and India at 3.7 per cent. In 2020, the US spent USD 778 billion. China spent USD 252 billion and India USD 72.9 billion, the report also said.

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IAF’s Iron Fist exercise put off amidst tensions with China in eastern Ladakh

New Delhi, Mar 28: A crucial exercise, Iron Fist will not be held this year in the backdrop of the Indian Air Force’s operations in the Ladakh sector owing to the heightened tensions with China.

The exercise that is held every three years was supposed to be held at Rajasthan’s Pokhrantest facility this month. However it has been removed from the training schedule for the current year, a HT report said.

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India plans studies, expeditions in unheld areas to counter China

New Delhi, Mar 01: The Indian Army is firmly pushing for mountaineering expeditions and research studies to consolidate the country’s legitimate territorial claims in the areas along the northern borders to counter China’s salami slicing claims.

The army would be launching a major skiing expedition fro Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. 

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Bilateral heavily titled in China’s favour, needs a reset: Foreign Secretary

New Delhi, Mar 01: The current bilateral trade with China at USD 78 billion is heavily tiled in its favour and this would need a reset, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said.

India on its part is simultaneously working on diversifying its sourcing to ensure a more resilient supply chain in the future, he also said. 

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China backs BRICS meet in India, President Xi likely to attend

New Delhi, Feb 23: China on Monday backed the BRICS summit to be hosted by India this year. Beijing added that it is willing to work with India and other member states to strengthen cooperation in various fields.

Chinese President, Xi Jinping is likely to attend the summit to be held in the second half of this year, if the COVID-19 situation improves. 

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