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Eye On China: LAC Talks & Villages – Corruption & Centenary – Signals For Biden – Antitrust – CPEC

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties So, the 9th round of Corps commander-level talks are underway today at Moldo on the Chinese side of...

Signalling a race against time

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. As a child of the nineties, I have had the privilege of watching the internet evolve over the ages. I remember rushing back from school and throwing away my...

An Elephant in the Room – Recent Case of WhatsApp Fallout Amongst Indian Users

An Elephant in the Room – Recent Case of WhatsApp Fallout Amongst Indian Users   By Kamesh Shekar Users in India recently received an update notification from WhatsApp on changing terms and privacy policy.This notification caused a spurt of turbulence and...

Space Matters #8

At a Glance:  US Space Force fields its own military intelligence branch.  US Space Force leadership acknowledges there is a gap in the US’s in-orbit proximity threat categorisation capability. The US Military’s space programmes aren’t self-sufficient for mission-critical hardware components. ...

Why India will not see a big second wave of Covid-19

There will not be a significant second wave of Covid-19 in India. Last August, using a Cynically Optimistic Back Of The Envelope, or COBOTE, calculation, I estimated that Covid-19 will end its epidemic phase in India by January 2021. Karthik...

Anticipating the Unintended #100: Intoxicating Ear drops

PolicyWTF: Prohibition and Morality This section looks at egregious public policies. Policies that make you go: WTF, Did that really happen? — Pranay Kotasthane If one were to write a book chronicling bans on victimless crimes in India, the index entry for Morarji...

Eye on China: Trade Adjustment – Indo-Pacific – Rule of Law – Cyber Rules – Trump’s Parting Shots

Eye on China is a weekly bulletin offering news and analysis related to the Middle Kingdom from an Indian interests perspective. I. India-China Ties As has been the case since May 2020, let’s begin with the situation in Ladakh, or...

Weaning away foreign investment from China

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about India attracting firms that might be seeking to exit China. Initially, these conversations were driven by changes in the Chinese economy, such as rising labour costs, shifting focus towards...

Hand Me the Paper #3

I do a fair bit of reading. I read 52 books last year and am doing it again this year. Starting this year, I also plan on reading more academic papers, mostly around tech and policy. Recording my readings and (sometimes, observations +...

#9 Emergency declared – India & Japan sign MoU – Diplomatic documents declassified – South Korean court’s ruling

#9 Emergency declared – India & Japan sign MoU – Diplomatic documents declassified – South Korean court’s ruling By Divya Suresh HIGHLIGHTS: 1st Jan – 15th Jan. Suga declares a month-long emergency in Tokyo and some other prefectures to contain...
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