India and China have come to yet another agreement to respect the Line of Actual Control and a “phased and stepwise de-escalation” but the uneasy feeling remains: when and where will the next transgression occur? Are the Indian military, intelligence and diplomatic set-ups prepared to detect or avoid another confrontation? The country can scarcely afford such alarums and incursions when the battle against Covid-19 is far from over, as the page reflects today. Kanika Datta sums up the views.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

‘[India and China] re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the LAC and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquility in border areas’

Ministry of External Affairs statement on the agreement between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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