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Army to procure multipurpose survival kits for infantry troops
- The Indian Army will procure multipurpose survival kits for foot soldiers as part of its infantry modernisation plan, said Army sources on Monday.
- The sources stated that the Army will be floating an open tender to procure these kits in which foreign vendors will also be able to bid.
- Each such kit should consist of components such as drop point blade, wire cutter, electric wire stripper, flat blade screwdriver and can opener, the sources noted.
“Border issue should not impact other dynamics of Nepal-India ties”
- The border issue between India and Nepal should not impact other dynamics of their bilateral ties, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Monday as he hoped that the dispute would be resolved through diplomatic efforts.
- Nepal this month completed the process of redrawing the country’s political map through a Constitutional amendment, incorporating three strategically important Indian areas.
- Responding to questions, Gyawali also said that there was no border dispute between Nepal and China, days after Kathmandu refuted media reports regarding “encroachment” of the country’s territory by its northern neighbour.
India must raise Tibet issue with China, says exiled leader
- The political leader of Tibetans in exile on Monday urged India to take a more prominent role in resolving the Tibetan issue with China, an appeal that could further inflame tensions between the two Asian giants.
- India and China are locked in their most serious political crisis in years after a deadly clash between soldiers on their disputed Himalayan border which has reignited long-standing differences between the world’s two most populous countries.
- China has long reviled the Tibetans’ spiritual leader the Dalai Lama – who lives in India in exile – as a dangerous separatist and his activities in India have been a source of friction.
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- Experts suggest this is a major blow to China’s Digital Silk Route ambitions, eroding millions of dollars from valuation of its companies.
- This could also lead to more countries following India’s path in acting against these Apps.
“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”
Ministry of Electronics and IT
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India bans 59 mobile apps
- The presser notes that the Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources about misuse of some mobile apps for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.
- Govt also said there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.
India increases surveillance in Indian Ocean region to track Chinese activities
- The Navy has increased its surveillance missions and beefed up operational deployment in the Indian Ocean region in the wake of India’s seven-week bitter border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh, people familiar with the development said.
- The Indian Navy is also ramping up its operational cooperation with various friendly naval forces like the US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in view of the fast evolving regional security landscape, they said.
- On Saturday, the Indian Navy held a crucial exercise with Japanese Navy in the Indian Ocean region, an area where Chinese naval vessels and submarines are making frequent forays, they said.
Indian and Chinese militaries will hold Lt General-level talks on Tuesday on border standoff: Official sources
Amid tension on the India-China border, Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has written to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, suggesting precautionary measures relating to the state’s border areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts that share boundaries with China, reports IANS.
Did Xi Jinping miscalculate?
- Xi Jinping may reach out to countries such as Nepal, and possibly Bangladesh, to surround India.
- Clearly, China is struggling with the stretched costs of ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative, most of which could turn into bad debts.
- At a more strategic level though, has Xi miscalculated?
- Xi’s approach is surprisingly belligerent for a modern leader.
- In 1969, when threatened by Soviets amid internal strife, Mao responded by befriending Richard Nixon and the US. In 2020, when faced with growing international isolation, an insecure Xi chose to open up multiple fronts against India.
- His generals might benefit, but Xi, in the process, could end up with more debits to show than gains.
- One, he has ruptured a carefully built-up truce with India of 24 years.
- Two, in India, he may have weaned away a potential US ally against China and leveraged a large market in the face of a stubborn Donald Trump.
- He failed on both. What is the outcome of this adventurism?
- An angry India that joins a global clamour against China more willingly, an Indian market that is no longer welcoming, and opening up options for the Indian Army in a localised conflict along LoAC that had been kept at bay by the ‘no weapon use’ accords of 1996 and 2005.
- Three, through his bellicose stance across multiple quarters — India, Taiwan, South China, Hong Kong —Xi finds himself hastening the emergence of US-led alliances such as Quadplus and D10, that puts pressure on China’s expansive naval plans for 2030.
How China is encircling India
- China has been strategically encircling India.
- It has invested in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that involves expressways from the Pakistan-China border down to the newly constructed deep-water port of Gwadar in Balochistan.
- Though the project has been mired with delays and cost overruns, the fact is that when operational, China will have a leased deep-water port in the Persian Gulf. It won’t be only for trade.
How Rafale can deter China
- India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.
- The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons.
- European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale.
- Meteor is the next generation of BVR air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) designed to revolutionise air-to-air combat.
- The weapon has been developed by MBDA to combat common threats facing the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Sweden.
- Besides the missile systems, the Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, including Israeli helmet-mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low-band jammers, 10-hour flight data recording, infra-red search and tracking systems among others.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the BJP-led Centre to return donations received from Chinese companies in the PM-CARES Fund, amid the India-China border tensions.
Philippines warns about Chinese ADIZ
- Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is warning that any move by China to establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea would be highly destabilizing.
- “It is my fervent hope that China would not proceed with this planned action for the continued peace and stability in the entire South China Sea,” Lorenzana said in a statement on June 25.
- China is believed to be considering setting up an ADIZ in the region similar to the one it declared over the East China Sea in 2013.
- That earlier declaration was largely ignored, with the US among countries saying it would not cooperate with Chinese demands to announce flight plans and identify its aircraft.
- China has said a decision on whether to set up an ADIZ in the South China Sea would depend on to what degree it felt threatened.Lorenzana said a Chinese ADIZ would violate other countries’ rights to their exclusive economic zones.”
- “They would continue to use these waters and airspace, and thus would further raise an already heightening tension and could result in mishaps or miscalculations at sea and in the air,” Lorenzana said.
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Monday supported last week’s call to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) experts to take urgent measures against Chinese violations, reports IANS.
US carriers drill after Southeast Asian nations rebuke China
- In the latest developments in the South China Sea, a pair of US Navy aircraft carrier strike groups are drilling together in a show of support to allies that comes on the heels of a strong statement issued by Southeast Asian leaders repudiating China’s claims to virtually the entire waterway.
BSP stands with BJP on India-China border issue: Mayawati
- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati on Monday said that her party stands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the India-China border issue.
- “Bahujan Samaj Party stands with Bharatiya Janata Party on the India-China border issue. Politics being done by BJP and Congress by levelling accusations at each other over India-China border issue is not in the interest of the nation. It is a matter of great concern,” said Mayawati while addressing a press conference.
- “Whereas, on one hand, China can take advantage of this situation but other issues are being ignored due to this and citizens of our country are at loss,” the BSP chief added.
- She said that the BSP was formed to work for the interest of backward class people, Adivasis and those belonging to converted minorities.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched a new MoD portal
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched a new portal for according security clearances to various organisatio… https://t.co/XQyD9E5LTd
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Help from US is “wishful thinking” by India: Global Times
- China’s state-backed Global Times reminded India of the apparent futility of the “wishful thinking” that US would come to its aid if there is a war.
- “As senior Indian military officers are expecting a prolonged standoff in the China-India border region with the US reportedly voicing support for India, the Chinese military is demonstrating high military readiness on all fronts, as the intensive, simultaneous military exercises in the South China Sea, near Taiwan island and near the China-India border show India’s wishful thinking of taking advantage of US support is merely an illusion,” the Global Times quoted Chinese analysts as saying.
- “It is wishful thinking that the US is coming to their aid and will help pin down the Chinese forces in the South China Sea and Taiwan Straits to provide chances for India in the border dispute,” it said.
- Most Indian media outlets have reported that the Indian Army is digging in for the long haul. At a briefing with Modi and Rajnath Singh after returning from his inspection of ground zero last Friday, army chief Naravane reportedly told the two leaders they the army expected this border episode with China to be a prolonged one.
- “The PLA has very high war preparedness in all fronts, but despite tensions, the risk of a large-scale military conflict remains very low thanks to the PLA’s strength and strategic deterrence,” The Global Times report said quoting a military expert from Beijing.
In Pics: Chinese PLA Air Force fighter jets and US military aircraft have both been seen in the southwest airspace of the island of Taiwan.
Chinese #PLA Air Force fighter jets and US military aircraft have both been seen in the southwest airspace of the i… https://t.co/HSMNP8lEHn
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) 1593416469000
China crisis prompt relook at logistics policy
- India is taking a relook at its draft National Logistics Policy, prompted by the economic crisis induced by the Covid-19 pandemic and the border standoff with China.
- The rethink is aimed at reducing the cost of carrying inventory, improving the professionalisation of service providers and bringing predictability into the supply chain, by plugging loopholes in firstand last-mile connectivity.
Politics being done by BJP and Congress by levelling accusations at each other over India-China border issue: Mayawati
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‘China can’t treat South China Sea as its maritime empire’
- The United States has welcomed the statement by members of the Asean countries that South China Sea disputes should be resolved in line with the international law, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Saturday. “The United States welcomes Asean leaders’ insistence that South China Sea disputes be resolved in line with international law, including UNCLOS (United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea). China cannot be allowed to treat the SCS as its maritime empire,” Pompeo tweeted.
- After the 36th Asean summit on Friday, a joint statement was issued by the members of the bloc expressing concerns over the current situation in the South China Sea.
- They laid emphasis on the “importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability, and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation.”
- Several islands and territories in the South China Sea are claimed by Beijing, but other countries including Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei also have their territorial claim in the hotly contested region. Earlier, Pompeo tweeted on June 2 that the US has sent a letter to the UN secretary-general to protest China’s “unlawful South China Sea maritime claims”.
Faced with party revolt, Nepal PM blames India
- The recent strife in ties with Kathmandu has foregrounded again India’s old fault lines with Nepal PM K P Oli. Faced with dissension in the ruling communist party, Oli Sunday accused Indian authorities, including the Indian embassy, of plotting his ouster.
- Oli was Sunday quoted as having said that conspiracies were being hatched to ensure his removal after he released Nepal’s new map which shows territories in India’s Uttarakhand state as belonging to Nepal.
- India was accused of having a role in Oli’s downfall in August, 2016, too when his first term as PM, which lasted only for 9 months, ended. Oli’s ouster was seen as a serious setback for China as he had worked actively as PM to reduce Nepal’s economic dependence on India by signing trade and energy agreements with China.
Jawaharlal Nehru responsible for Indo-China conflict: MP CM
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday alleged that then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress are responsible for the border conflict between India and China.
- He also attacked Congress top brass over donations allegedly received by Sonia Gandhi-headed Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) and accused former party chief Rahul Gandhi of “demoralising” the Army with his statements.
For grid safety, India to check equipment for malware: Govt
- Tightening import norms, India will check all power equipment bought from China for malware and Trojan horses that can be potentially used to trigger electricity grid failures to cripple economic activity in the country, power minister R K Singh said.
- India has in the recent days taken steps to impose stringent quality control measures and higher tariffs on goods from China as it looks to boost domestic manufacturing to cut reliance on imports. Singh said his renewable energy ministry has proposed imposing customs duties on some solar power equipment starting August 1st as part of the country’s goal of becoming self-sufficient.
Hold-ups at ports will hit India, not China: Nitin Gadkari
- Amid concerns over delays in customs clearance for imports from China, transport and MSME minister Nitin Gadkari has written to the finance and commerce ministers, urging them to remove roadblocks to the quick release of goods at ports, arguing that these shipments have reached Indian shores based on payment made by industry players.
- He told a web-platform that a delay in the passage of these imported goods will hurt Indian players, and not China. “Our focus is to reduce imports and to do so we can increase import duty. But holding up already imported items will harm our entrepreneurs as they will incur huge losses,” Gadkari said.
High-level special representatives
- India and China have the high-level special representatives dialogue which seeks to achieve a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the border issue. It’s also seen as important for maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas for overall development of bilateral ties, pending the final settlement of the boundary. The 22nd round of this dialogue was held between NSA Ajit Doval and State Councillor Wang Yi last year.
No plan to shelve Chinese course: Magadh University VC
- Magadh University vice-chancellor Rajendra Prasad on Sunday said the border dispute and escalation of military tension between India and China would not affect the university’s plan to introduce postgraduate level courses in Chinese language and literature.
Government okays Rs 1,700 crore more for border roads
- The government has approved an additional Rs 1,691 crore for highway works by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand for 2020-21.
- Of this, Rs 1,351.10 crore has been sanctioned to BRO for road works in Jammu & Kashmir, the road transport and highways ministry said in a communication to Border Roads Development Board director general Lt Gen Harpal Singh. A total of Rs 340 crore ceiling has been approved for Uttarakhand for national highways, according to the communication dated June 24.
- In addition, it has also given nod for additional sanction of Rs 71 crore for highway works by the state’s public works department in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu. Besides that, it has also enhanced the total ceiling to Rs 1,955 crore for highways work for Nagaland under Tribal Sub-Plan from the existing Rs 1,081 crore.
To de-escalate, India and China put faith in talks
- With the border situation yet to cool down, India and China are looking to ramp up diplomatic dialogue under the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) for de-escalation in eastern Ladakh and to address differences which have contributed to the existing situation.
- Official sources here said these talks will now happen on a regular basis for implementation of the understandings the two countries have arrived at for de-escalation. Efforts were said to be underway to schedule another round of WMCC meeting as early as next week.
- Both sides have agreed this mechanism, at India’s joint secretary-level, had to be used a lot more for maintaining peace and tranquility along the border. It has so far met 15 times, the latest meeting held virtually last week.
Boycott China: Checks on imports to hit drug, devices supply
- Delays in clearing import consignments from China at India’s ports and airports may soon hit the pharmaceutical sector, creating shortages and increasing costs.
- Medical equipment such as infrared thermometers and pulse oximeters needed in the fight against Covid-19, among others, are stuck at the ports and may result in shortages soon, according to the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).
India may step up scrutiny of imports from Chinese cos in Asean countries
- India is looking to increase the scrutiny of imports from Chinese companies or entities located in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, said people with knowledge of the matter. New Delhi has information about China setting up new entities or acquiring defunct companies in countries such as Vietnam and using these shell enterprises to re-label and export goods to India, exploiting India’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Asean.
- The government has also sounded out industry and importers to identify such shipments that abuse the FTA as it contemplates actions such as enhanced checks on country of origin certificates by customs authorities. The FTA with Asean allows lower tariffs on most manufactured goods. “There are large quantities of imports that are being routed under the Indian-Asean, India-Singapore Free Trade Agreement,” said a government official. “A number of these entities there are just engaged in re-labelling of goods for re-export to India.”
Questions raised by Rahul Gandhi on border security is not politics: Balasaheb Thorat
- Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said that the Congress party is with the government on the China issue, but that does not mean that questions should not be asked on the issues of national interest.
- “The questions raised by Rahul Gandhi on border security is not politics, but a responsibility given by the people. We cannot compare the situation in 1962 with what is happening today. Not a single soldier has lost his life on the India-China border in 45 years. Our 20 soldiers were martyred at Galwan Valley due to China’s aggression,” Thorat said.
- “Even then the Prime Minister says no-one intruded on our territory. Using these statements of his, China is calling our martyrs as intruders. Just like the Congress Party, Sharad Pawar too must have been saddened by this,” he added.
Ladakh standoff: India’s allies pitching in with weapons, ammunition
- As Indian troops remain dug in at Ladakh in a prolonged standoff with China, allies are pitching in with commitments to deliver urgently needed weapons and ammunition for the armed forces. France has promised to deliver additional Rafale jets next month, an in-service Israeli air defence system is expected soon, precision artillery rounds will be sent by the US, and Russia will make early deliveries of ammunition and weapons worth $1 billion.
- The commitments have been made after top-level bilateral talks and a key meeting in the capital at which it was decided that emergency financial powers will be given to the armed forces to prepare for a prolonged standoff in eastern Ladakh.
Indians in China battle a sense of guilt
- As a diplomatic cold war raged between India and China over the Galwan Valley skirmish, Indian expats in China watched with trepidation a nationalist backlash that left them exposed to a vicious troll army on social media. Thousands of software professionals, garment exporters and businessmen settled for years in Dalian’s software hub, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou are being dragged into the border crisis and dubbed traitors and unpatriotic.
- These Indians, some of them married to local Chinese woman, are now suffering pangs of guilt, exacerbated by the trolls coming hard at them for refusing to return home. But even as they bear the brunt of vitriolic hashtag campaigns like #Indiansunitedagainstchina and #Indianswillcrushchina, most Indian expats have good reasons to stay on.
Centre should focus on tackling COVID-19, Chinese aggression instead of worrying about Congress: Anand Sharma
- Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Sunday said that the government should focus on tackling coronavirus pandemic and Chinese aggression instead of worrying about the party.
- “Talk about 2020 and what has been done at our borders, what are the situations we are facing right now. It is not a matter of two political parties. It is a matter of national securities. They should focus on Chinese aggression and coronavirus. It is an unprecedented situation and the government should inform the decisions to parliament,” Sharma said.
Amid India-China standoff, Indo-Japan navies conduct joint training exercise
- Amid the ongoing Sino-Indian standoff in Ladakh, the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF) conducted a joint training exercise in the Indian Ocean.
- The exercise that concluded on Saturday was held in the backdrop of Japan defence minister Taro Kono expressing concern over not only China’s defence capabilities but also its intention in the Indo-Pacific region. This was the first such statement from Japan following Beijing’s aggressive posturing in parts of Asia over the past few months.
- Coinciding with the Indo-Japan defence exercise, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) put out a statement that the South China Sea dispute should be resolved in line with international law, stressing on “the importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint”.
Phrase in UN 75th anniversary draft declaration changed after objection by India, five others
- UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has changed a phrase in the draft declaration to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations after India along with countries including the UK and the US raised objection to the sentence, understood to be similar to wording used by the Chinese Communist Party.
Foreign Ministry level meet this week?
- India and China are exploring the option of holding the next round of foreign ministry level meeting this week to end the stalemate and launch a de-escalation process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
- PLA has increased military activity along LAC in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a slew of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery and structures, according to reports.
Govt order to companies for stocking up 2 months’ LPG supply in Kashmir sparks speculations
- J&K government’s orders on stocking up LPG sufficiently in Kashmir and asking district administration in Ganderbal, which connects the Valley with Ladakh, to vacate school buildings for forces have sparked speculation in the Union Territory, especially in the wake of the tension along the Line of Actual Control.
Chinese companies’ imports may stay stuck
- Chinese companies in India could continue to face the heat as the government considers granting easier import approvals for non-Chinese companies in India, top officials said. “We are monitoring the situation and this could last a few more days,” a senior government said, even as India enters seventh day of imports from China being stranded at the ports owing to a nationwide alert.
- However, according to sources, the thinking in the government is that Chinese companies continue to be subjected to 100% manual checks even when the alert subsides. For instance, Taiwanese smartphone maker Foxconn, which runs two plants in India under different units, has not been able to get clearances for consignments to the factory that manufactures for China’s Xiaomi.
PM should tell the nation that what can be the reason behind what happened at the border (LAC): Rajasthan CM
PM should tell the nation that what can be the reason behind what happened at the border (LAC). The way he told the… https://t.co/34Q5tqdDft
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Satellite images show buildup on India-China LAC
- Images released this week by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, show new construction activity along the Galwan Valley even as military commanders of both countries said they agreed to disengage from the standoff.
Country wants to know why Rajiv Gandhi Foundation ‘took money’ from China: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
- Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that the people of the country want to know why did the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) “take money” from China.
- “The country wants to know why Rajiv Gandhi Foundation took money from China? Sonia Gandhi will have to tell the country the truth. They get donations from China and do an MoU with the Chinese Communist Party. They should apologise to the country. Congress does not even have the right to speak in the matter of protecting the country,” Chouhan said in the Chhattisgarh Jan Samvad programme.
China centralizes leadership of military reserve forces
- Starting July 1, the reserve force, which is part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), will fall under the direct leadership of the central government and the Central Military Commission, Xinhua said.
- India and China are set to hold talks every week to discuss the ongoing dispute.
- PM Modi said that India has given befitting reply to those who eyed its territory.
- China brings its military reserve forces under direct leadership of the central government.