Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit is an independent journalist, based out of Mumbai. He tracks the intersections between development, social justice, international relations and politics.

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China-India border dispute: Will the pullback of troops revive economic cooperation?

Latest figures show India still depends heavily on Chinese goods and investments. But its policy of ‘self-reliance’, fuelled by the border dispute, means trade and investment links with its neighbour may never be the same.

24 Feb 2021 - 11:21AM

Latest figures show India still depends heavily on Chinese goods and investments. But its policy of ‘self-reliance’, fuelled by the border dispute, means trade and investment links with its neighbour may never be the same.

China-India border dispute: Will the pullback of troops revive economic cooperation?
India-China border dispute: as both sides withdraw troops, did New Delhi get a poor deal?

Some analysts have questioned the ‘piecemeal’ disengagement that does not cover areas of friction such as the strategically located Depsang Plains, which borders Pakistan and China.

16 Feb 2021 - 9:30PM

Some analysts have questioned the ‘piecemeal’ disengagement that does not cover areas of friction such as the strategically located Depsang Plains, which borders Pakistan and China.

India-China border dispute: as both sides withdraw troops, did New Delhi get a poor deal?
Tibetan mind games: India’s edge in border dispute with China?

Despite a limited breakthrough, New Delhi appears to be playing the Tibet card in an effort to unsettle Beijing and gain an advantage on the ground.

10 Feb 2021 - 11:28PM

Despite a limited breakthrough, New Delhi appears to be playing the Tibet card in an effort to unsettle Beijing and gain an advantage on the ground.

Tibetan mind games: India’s edge in border dispute with China?
China-India border dispute: troops saw ‘minor’ clash amid ninth round of talks to resolve row

The Indian Army said a ‘minor face-off’ took place in Sikkim while Indian media reports claimed troops from both sides were injured. Global Times editor Hu Xijin said the reports were ‘fake news’.

26 Jan 2021 - 12:27AM

The Indian Army said a ‘minor face-off’ took place in Sikkim while Indian media reports claimed troops from both sides were injured. Global Times editor Hu Xijin said the reports were ‘fake news’.

China-India border dispute: troops saw ‘minor’ clash amid ninth round of talks to resolve row
China-India border dispute: new village near Tibet sparks talk of eastern front as neighbours face off

Construction of a new Chinese village near the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh has New Delhi considering its next moves in the region.

21 Jan 2021 - 12:02AM

Construction of a new Chinese village near the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh has New Delhi considering its next moves in the region.

China-India border dispute: new village near Tibet sparks talk of eastern front as neighbours face off
As exiled Tibetans vote, calls grow for India to help them stand up to China

Candidates jostling to be the CTA’s new leader have pledged to take a more hardline stance towards China, and are counting on India’s help.

16 Jan 2021 - 6:34PM

Candidates jostling to be the CTA’s new leader have pledged to take a more hardline stance towards China, and are counting on India’s help.

As exiled Tibetans vote, calls grow for India to help them stand up to China
China and India dig in at Himalayan border, with an eye on Washington

There is no resolution in sight in the months-long border stand-off, with both countries’ militaries reinforcing their positions and no talks scheduled.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:52PM

There is no resolution in sight in the months-long border stand-off, with both countries’ militaries reinforcing their positions and no talks scheduled.

China and India dig in at Himalayan border, with an eye on Washington
How will India vaccinate 1.3 billion people? Its army of auxiliary nurses and midwives know

These thousands of vaccinators form the first point of ground-level contact in the country’s health care system, and are ready to take on the coronavirus.

28 Dec 2020 - 12:13PM

These thousands of vaccinators form the first point of ground-level contact in the country’s health care system, and are ready to take on the coronavirus.

How will India vaccinate 1.3 billion people? Its army of auxiliary nurses and midwives know
China-India border stand-off: amid push for fresh talks, a winter of uncertainty

Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall make de-escalation of border stand-off via troop withdrawals nearly impossible.

22 Dec 2020 - 9:42PM

Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall make de-escalation of border stand-off via troop withdrawals nearly impossible.

China-India border stand-off: amid push for fresh talks, a winter of uncertainty
India and Britain want to be closer in trade and in the Indo-Pacific – with an eye each on China

British foreign secretary Raab’s visit to India this week will be followed by a high-level visit from Prime Minister Johnson, with closer economic and security relations in the offing.

18 Dec 2020 - 11:11PM

British foreign secretary Raab’s visit to India this week will be followed by a high-level visit from Prime Minister Johnson, with closer economic and security relations in the offing.

India and Britain want to be closer in trade and in the Indo-Pacific – with an eye each on China
A year after New Delhi’s controversial citizenship law, India and Bangladesh look to refresh ties

Analysts were impressed by how the summit between prime ministers Modi and Hasina sidestepped past irritants in the bilateral relationship.

17 Dec 2020 - 11:51PM

Analysts were impressed by how the summit between prime ministers Modi and Hasina sidestepped past irritants in the bilateral relationship.

A year after New Delhi’s controversial citizenship law, India and Bangladesh look to refresh ties
China-India relations: could Beijing agreeing a new height for Everest with Kathmandu stir up tensions?

China and Nepal ended a long-running dispute and bolstered ties by adding 86cm to the height of the world’s highest peak.

13 Dec 2020 - 10:09PM

China and Nepal ended a long-running dispute and bolstered ties by adding 86cm to the height of the world’s highest peak.

China-India relations: could Beijing agreeing a new height for Everest with Kathmandu stir up tensions?
India and China gear up for a new battle, this time over water

Beijing’s intention to build a massive hydropower project, at a river known as Brahmaputra in India and Yarlung Zangbo in China, is sparking a new rivalry.

7 Dec 2020 - 9:46PM

Beijing’s intention to build a massive hydropower project, at a river known as Brahmaputra in India and Yarlung Zangbo in China, is sparking a new rivalry.

India and China gear up for a new battle, this time over water
Explainer | Near the China-Bhutan-India border, a new village is drawing attention to old disputes

Does the sudden development of an outpost in Tibet mean the 2017 Doklam stand-off between China and India has not been resolved?

6 Dec 2020 - 3:51PM

Does the sudden development of an outpost in Tibet mean the 2017 Doklam stand-off between China and India has not been resolved?

Near the China-Bhutan-India border, a new village is drawing attention to old disputes
Explainer | As India-China border dispute continues, New Delhi works to win back South Asian neighbours

Recent high-level bilateral talks with Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan – which include developmental aid and Covid-19 diplomacy – are a way of winning back neighbours wooed by China.

3 Dec 2020 - 9:28PM

Recent high-level bilateral talks with Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan – which include developmental aid and Covid-19 diplomacy – are a way of winning back neighbours wooed by China.

As India-China border dispute continues, New Delhi works to win back South Asian neighbours
The Chinese touch behind Indian tea: documentary shows sweeter side of historical ties

‘Those 4 Years’ examines role Chinese convicts and workers played in bringing tea cultivation to the Nilgiri mountain range in southern India.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:32PM

‘Those 4 Years’ examines role Chinese convicts and workers played in bringing tea cultivation to the Nilgiri mountain range in southern India.

The Chinese touch behind Indian tea: documentary shows sweeter side of historical ties
As Chinese imports boom, what happened to Modi’s ‘self-reliant’ India?

Indian traders and manufacturers are struggling to end their reliance on Chinese goods partly thanks to a lack of high quality, locally made alternatives. 

22 Nov 2020 - 2:13PM

Indian traders and manufacturers are struggling to end their reliance on Chinese goods partly thanks to a lack of high quality, locally made alternatives. 

As Chinese imports boom, what happened to Modi’s ‘self-reliant’ India?
China-India border dispute: are both sides breaking the deadlock in the Himalayas?

Indian media reports quoting government sources said the two sides had agreed to withdraw troops, tanks and artillery from the Line of Actual Control.

13 Nov 2020 - 7:04AM

Indian media reports quoting government sources said the two sides had agreed to withdraw troops, tanks and artillery from the Line of Actual Control.

China-India border dispute: are both sides breaking the deadlock in the Himalayas?
Will Modi-Trump bromance come back to bite India under Biden’s presidency?

The love-in between the Indian leader and his American counterpart went deeper than diplomats advise, but shared concerns over China may be a bridge with the new administration.

11 Nov 2020 - 10:33PM

The love-in between the Indian leader and his American counterpart went deeper than diplomats advise, but shared concerns over China may be a bridge with the new administration.

Will Modi-Trump bromance come back to bite India under Biden’s presidency?
Are India and Nepal friends again because of concerns over China?

After months of acrimony over territorial disputes, relations between the Himalayan neighbours have warmed – and Beijing’s increasing influence across the subcontinent is a major concern.

6 Nov 2020 - 10:32PM

After months of acrimony over territorial disputes, relations between the Himalayan neighbours have warmed – and Beijing’s increasing influence across the subcontinent is a major concern.

Are India and Nepal friends again because of concerns over China?
Australia sends signal to China as it rejoins US, Japan and India for Malabar naval exercise

Show of strength follows a deterioration in ties between the four nations and Beijing and comes as China announces new bans on Australian imports.

12 Nov 2020 - 6:29PM

Show of strength follows a deterioration in ties between the four nations and Beijing and comes as China announces new bans on Australian imports.

Australia sends signal to China as it rejoins US, Japan and India for Malabar naval exercise
China looms over high-level talks as US, India sign defence pact

Pompeo and Esper met India’s external affairs minister Jaishankar and defence minister Singh to promote their shared vision for a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.

12 Nov 2020 - 6:52PM

Pompeo and Esper met India’s external affairs minister Jaishankar and defence minister Singh to promote their shared vision for a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.

China looms over high-level talks as US, India sign defence pact
As India eyes US military deal, neutrality on China takes back seat

Are the Indian government’s recent strategic decisions an indication of a wholesale policy change towards Beijing?

12 Nov 2020 - 6:52PM

Are the Indian government’s recent strategic decisions an indication of a wholesale policy change towards Beijing?

As India eyes US military deal, neutrality on China takes back seat
India-China border dispute: PLA soldier apprehended in Indian-controlled territory

Corporal Wang Ya Long had ‘strayed’ into the Demchok area of Ladakh, according to a statement from the Indian army.

19 Oct 2020 - 9:57PM

Corporal Wang Ya Long had ‘strayed’ into the Demchok area of Ladakh, according to a statement from the Indian army.

India-China border dispute: PLA soldier apprehended in Indian-controlled territory
Explainer | As India-China border stand-off endures, a fear: Ladakh is the new Kashmir

As winter descends, some expect the India-China disputed border to become like the India-Pakistan one: a permanently contested militarised zone.

13 Oct 2020 - 12:47AM

As winter descends, some expect the India-China disputed border to become like the India-Pakistan one: a permanently contested militarised zone.

As India-China border stand-off endures, a fear: Ladakh is the new Kashmir
‘New arms race’: border roads put India and China on route to conflict

An infrastructure ‘arms race’ along China and India’s disputed Himalayan border puts the two countries on a collision course.

10 Oct 2020 - 1:01PM

An infrastructure ‘arms race’ along China and India’s disputed Himalayan border puts the two countries on a collision course.

‘New arms race’: border roads put India and China on route to conflict
India-China border dispute: is Beijing’s latest stance pushing both sides to the brink of conflict?

China’s insistence on a 1959 claim line and its stance on Ladakh are doing little to ease border tensions with India, say analysts.

2 Oct 2020 - 8:10AM

China’s insistence on a 1959 claim line and its stance on Ladakh are doing little to ease border tensions with India, say analysts.

India-China border dispute: is Beijing’s latest stance pushing both sides to the brink of conflict?
Tibetan SFF soldier killed on India-China border told family: ‘we are finally fighting our enemy’

‘Every Tibetan wants to fight China, because that fight is not just for India, it is also for our own land. It is also for our identities, that were snatched away from us.’

25 Sep 2020 - 12:45AM

‘Every Tibetan wants to fight China, because that fight is not just for India, it is also for our own land. It is also for our identities, that were snatched away from us.’

Tibetan SFF soldier killed on India-China border told family: ‘we are finally fighting our enemy’
China-India border dispute: New Delhi ‘expects Beijing to stand down first’ as top military chiefs meet

Insiders say India is likely to maintain its position that China initiated the stand-off and therefore must take the first steps towards disengagement.

22 Sep 2020 - 12:20AM

Insiders say India is likely to maintain its position that China initiated the stand-off and therefore must take the first steps towards disengagement.

China-India border dispute: New Delhi ‘expects Beijing to stand down first’ as top military chiefs meet
India-China border: stand-off continues in Chushul, where ‘mountains eat up men’

India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh says the country wants peace but is prepared for all eventualities, while veterans say high-altitude warfare is unpredictable and could lead to more violence.

16 Sep 2020 - 9:03AM

India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh says the country wants peace but is prepared for all eventualities, while veterans say high-altitude warfare is unpredictable and could lead to more violence.

India-China border: stand-off continues in Chushul, where ‘mountains eat up men’