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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Standing our ground: How India’s national security planners ensured disengagement at LAC

New Delhi, Feb 12: There have been some positive developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh with both India and China agreeing to disengage. In a surprise move, the Chinese PLA had withdrawn over 200 main battle tanks from the south banks of the Pangong Tso.

The PLA also positioned no less than 100 heavy vehicles to ferry its troops from fingers of the north banks to Srijap sector, east of Finger 8.

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Myanmar coup: Muted response, but a quandary nonetheless for Beijing

New Delhi, Feb 02: The military coup in Myanmar is clearly an early challenge for US President Joe Biden who has threatened sanctions if the action is not reversed.

Experts say that the the powerful generals of Myanmar are trying to replicate the China model. It may be recalled that China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi during his last meeting with Myanmar Army chief Min Aung Hlaing had Calle the two countries, brothers. Yi also praised the military’s national revitalisation. 

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While spelling out India’s way forward, Jaishankar tells China bi-lateral is not a one way street

New Delhi, Jan 29: External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar clearly outlined that the only way forward for India and China is for the armies to go back to their permanent bases along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

On Thursday, Jaishankar outlined eight broad principles for repairing ties between India and China that included strict adherence to all agreements on management of the Line of Actual Control, mutual respect and sensitivity, and recognising each other”s aspirations as rising Asian powers.

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What is Tibetology, the Indian Army is eyeing to counter China

New Delhi, Jan 28: The Indian Army is fine tuning a proposal for its officers to study Tibetan history, language and culture on both sides of the Line of Actual Control and International Boundary.

This is part of the measures that are being discussed to counter the spread of influence by China. 

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Amidst the standoff with China , India’s high intensity ‘Kavach’ gets underway

New Delhi, Jan 25: The Indian Military today carried out a large scale high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal in an exercise, codenamed Kavach or shield. 

The military drill was coordinated by the Port Blair based Andaman and Nicobar Command. The defence ministry announced on Thursday that the exercise will be carried out next week to fine-tune joint war fighting capabilities and sharpen operational synergy between the three services. 

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VaccineMaitri reaffirms highest priority accorded by India to relations with Bangladesh

New Delhi, Jan 25: Bangladesh turned to India for the supply of the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine, after Beijing asked Dhaka to share costs of clinical trials of Sinovac.

India is clearly gaining the edge over China when it comes to vaccine diplomacy. Free shipments containing the first batch of Covishield which is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India have already reached many nations. 2 million doses were supplied to Bangladesh, while 1 million was given to Nepal as a gift under the Neighbourhood First Policy.

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