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Top developments of the day
- Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India, Ji Rong, said India’s move to ban chinese-related applications goes against the general trend of international trade and e-commerce.
- TikTok stops working for users in India after govt bans the application.
- Third round of Lt Gen-level talks cnclude, both sides agree to ease tension.
- India, France discussed issues of security, political importance.
- Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, said India needs to focus on socio-economic development of border districts of India, Bangladesh.
India, China hold marathon Corps Commander talks
- Both nations held an over 10-hour Corps Commander-level dialogue with a focus on finalising modalities for the disengagement of troops from various standoff points.
- The talks took place on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh.
- In the talks on June 22, the two sides arrived at a “mutual consensus” to “disengage” from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh.
India needs to deal with China decisively, not with symbolic gestures like banning apps: Congress
Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, said India needs to focus on socio-economic development of border districts of India, Bangladesh.
China on Govt’s ban
- Pointing out that these apps have millions of users in India, China insisted the apps “have been operating strictly in accordance with Indian laws and regulations” and banning them would also lead to loss of jobs in India for those employed by the app makers.
- The Chinese state has also reminded the Indian government that it has a responsibility to protect business rights.
PM again shied way from making strong statement against China: Congress
The Congress said that PM’s address was “much ado about nothing” as he belied expectations and skipped any mention of the border standoff with China.
All apps must adhere to India’s data integrity, privacy: Amitabh Kant
- Asserting that India has to be a data sovereign country, Kant also said apps must be transparent in terms of origin and final destination of data.
- In a series of tweets, he also said that time is ripe for the best of India technology companies to develop technology solutions for India and the world.
- The ban on the 59 apps also came against the backdrop of the current stand-off between India and China along the Line of Actual control in Ladakh.
Indian Youth Congress criticises PM for not speaking on border tensions in his address
UK MPs flag China’s ‘bullying behaviour’ with India
British MPs have raised concerns in Parliament over China’s “bullying behaviour” in the border dispute with India.
Australia to boost defence spending as China tensions rise
- Australia will announce a substantial increase in defence spending and focus on projecting military power in the Indo-Pacific amid escalating tensions with China.
- The announcement marks a significant shift in Australia’s defence posture that will be widely seen as an effort to counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region.
Chinese reaction to government’s ban on apps
The Chinese side is seriously concerned with and firmly opposed to such action: Ji Rong, Spokesperson of the Chines… https://t.co/PqmETF8VOF
— ANI (@ANI) 1593521055000
Engineering exporters wary of non-clearance of cargo from China at Indian ports
- Indian customs officials have started physical inspection of all consignments coming from the neighbouring country, based on intelligence inputs.
- Imports from China are not being cleared at various ports by the customs.
- Some of the engineering exporters have conveyed to EEPC that the move will have an impact on their operations.
143 Pakistani embassy officials reach Attari-Wagah border to return home
Banning some apps isn’t enough, we have to give China a befitting reply: Mamata Banerjee
‘No Doubt’ that India was behind stock exchange attack in Karachi: Imran Khan
3rd round of Lt Gen-level talks
- The talks are taking place at a meeting point in Chushul sector on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control.
- The previous two rounds of dialogue took place at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC.
- In the last two rounds of talks, the Indian side pitched for restoration of status quo ante and immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and a number of other areas.
The discussion between the two foreign ministers comes at a time the Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks.
India’s Chinese app ban seen jolting $1 bln expansion of ByteDance
- An Indian ban on dozens of Chinese apps following a border clash between the two nations has possibly derailed a $1 billion India expansion plan of China’s ByteDance, while also sparking an uproar from users of its popular TikTok video app.
- TikTok was removed from Google and Apple app stores in India after New Delhi said on Monday night it was among the 59 apps which it believed posed a “threat to sovereignty and integrity”.
- The biggest casualty of the move appears to be ByteDance, which has since last year hired several senior executives and laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India. India is TikTok’s top growth market and accounts for 30% of its 2 billion downloads worldwide.
Congress hits out at PM Modi
चीन हमारे क्षेत्र में पिछले कई दिनों से लगातार घुसपैठ कर रहा है। 'चीन न घुसा है, न कोई पोस्ट कब्जे में है' कहकर प्र… https://t.co/K54rOGIdfX
— Congress (@INCIndia) 1593510743000
French Defence Minister Florence Parly writes letter to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, condoles death of 20 Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley, offers to visit India to boost bilateral strategic cooperation
– French diplomatic sources
Demographic genocide: China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilisation
- The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.
- While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor.
- The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.”
After telecom, auto industry raises a red flag over restrictions on Chinese imports
- Almost all the companies, ranging from Maruti to Hyundai to Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors, will be impacted and so would be two-wheeler makers like Hero Moto.
- The situation is worse for Chinese companies such as MG Motors that sources petrol engines and many other parts from China, apart for key components for its electric vehicle ZS.
- Both the industry associations, ACMA (of parts makers) and Siam (auto companies) have expressed their reservations.
Indian Startups to create better than Chinese apps: Prakash Javadekar
The whole country has appreciated the decision of the @narendramodi govt to ban 59 Chinese Apps. This will give Fi… https://t.co/BAxiPvzc6N
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 1593502549000
Eastern Ladakh standoff: India, China hold third round of Lt Gen-level talks
- Indian and Chinese militaries on Tuesday held another round of Lt General-level talks with a focus on finalising modalities for disengagement of troops from several friction points in eastern Ladakh, government sources said.
- The talks took place at a meeting point in Chushul sector on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, they said.
- In the previous two rounds of talks, the Indian side pitched for restoration of status quo ante and immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and a number of other areas.
Water-flow increases in Galwan river, need for specialised waterproof clothing felt on Indian side
- As the water-flow has increased in the Galwan river, the Indian Security forces are now feeling the need for specialised waterproof clothing for the troops deployed there in a standoff position with China.
- The Chinese side seems to have come prepared for the deployment as their troops deployed in the Galwan river valley bed are wearing water-proof clothes which allows them to step in the icy water there.
China factory activity improves in June but exports weak
- China’s manufacturing activity improved in June after anti-virus controls were eased to revive the economy but export demand was weak, a survey released Tuesday showed.
- A monthly purchasing managers’ index released by the government statistics agency and an industry group rose to 50.9 from May’s 50.6 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity expanding.
Top ministers discuss ‘ban’ on Chinese 5G equipment
- The government has begun consultations at the highest level to decide on the use of 5G technology.
- This is seen as a precursor to a possible bar on the use of equipment from Chinese companies, such as those sold by Huawei.
- Top ministers discussed the issue at a meeting on Monday.
- The talks came along with the discussion to block 59 Chinese apps.
The scheduled telephonic talk between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and American Defence Secretary Mark Esper not to be held today. It is being rescheduled for a later date: Defence Ministry Officials
We want to stress that Chinese Govt always asks Chinese businesses to abide by international & local laws-regulations. Indian Govt has a responsibility to uphold the legal rights of international investors including Chinese ones.
– Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
TikTok, Helo say will comply with India ban, not sending data to China
- Chinese short-video making app TikTok and Helo said they are in the process of complying with the govt order.
- They said, they’re not sharing any data of Indian users with the Chinese govt.
China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on India banning Chinese apps
Why was TikTok banned in India but PUBG was not?
This was a hard blow against soldiers, their families,& the nation. In these difficult circumstances, I wish to express my steadfast & friendly support, along with that of French armed forces.
– Writes French Defence Minister Florence Parly to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh
French Defence Minister Florence Parly yesterday wrote to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh, condoling the death of twenty Indian soldiers in Galwan Valley
BJP promotes Make in India, but buys from China: Rahul Gandhi
- Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked PM’s ambitious programme — Make in India.
- He said imports from China after 2014 have actually increased.
- “Facts don’t lie. BJP says: Make in India. BJP does: Buy from China,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
- The tweet had graphics of the percentage of imports from China during the UPA rule and the NDA.
- The graphics showed that from 2008 to 2014, the imports from China were below 14 per cent.
- During the BJP-led NDA rule, the Chinese import increased to over 18 per cent.
Corps Commander-level meeting between Armies of India and China has started in Chushul to resolve the ongoing dispute over Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh area.
– Indian Army Sources
Indian social app Chingari on fire, logs over 3 million downloads
- Indians have rushed to download social app Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok.
- The app is witnessing nearly 1 lakh downloads and over 2 million views per hour.
- This spike is seen since the government banned 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns.
- Already downloaded over 3 million times, the app which was founded by Bengaluru-based programmers.
Indian newspapers, websites not accessible in China
- Though Chinese newspapers and websites continue to be accessible in India.
- People in China can only access the Indian media websites with VPN server.
India’s war on China apps will have network effect
- Giants from Alibaba to Xiaomi have made significant inroads on the subcontinent.
- For Beijing-based ByteDance, India has been the biggest driver of TikTok installs
- It accounts for 611 million downloads, or 30% of the total, according to SensorTower.
- Cutting off new users, and existing ones, will sting its mooted valuation of $110 billion.
- TikTok faces a similar backlash in the US over suspicions about Beijing’s access to consumer data.
- There is increased pressure on TikTok’s new boss, Kevin Mayer, to make a clean break from its Chinese parent.
Canada: Regional Tibetan Youth Congress protest against China outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Toronto, raise “Tibet stands with India” & “Thank you Indian Army” slogans.
#WATCH Canada: Regional Tibetan Youth Congress protest against China outside the Chinese Consulate-General in Toron… https://t.co/ORM6DBw6sj
— ANI (@ANI) 1593492814000
Government may license import of ACs, TVs to check shipments
- The govt is looking to license the import of 10-12 items, including AC and several of its components.
- The move is aimed to discourage the entry of foreign goods into the country, especially from China.
Top US senators slam China’s ‘unwarranted armed’ aggression against India
Top Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Monday spoke with India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and expressed solidarity with the people of India on the Chinese aggression.
TikTok says does not share information with Chinese government
- Chinese short-video app TikTok said it is in the process of complying with the govt order.
- TikTok said it has been invited to meet govt officials to respond and submit clarifications.
- ByteDance’s two popular apps TikTok and Helo were taken down from Google and Apple app stores.
The Government of India has issued an interim order for the blocking of 59 apps, including TikTok, and we are in the process of complying with it. We have been invited to meet with concerned government stakeholders for an opportunity to respond and submit clarifications.
– Nikhil Gandhi, Head of TikTok, India
Companies prodded to rely less on China, but few respond
The United States, Japan and France are prodding their companies to rely less on China
This includes reliance on China to make the world’s smartphones, drugs and other products.
But even after the coronavirus derailed trade, few want to leave skilled China’s skilled workforce and efficient suppliers of raw materials to move to other countries.
A tweet is circulating in the name of Union Home Minister mentioning fixed-line broadband and internet in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to be snapped. This tweet is fake. No such tweet has been done from Union Home Minister’s twitter handle.
– Ministry of Home Affairs
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to talk to his American counterpart Mark Esper over telephone. Ongoing tensions between India and China on the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh expected to come up for discussion in talks.
– Defence Ministry officials
Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Piyush Goyal meet amid standoff
The meeting was held without officials, amid the standoff with China.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Seema Suraksha Bal falls under the home ministry.
The presence of commerce minister Goyal amid campaign for boycott of Chinese products created a buzz.
At Galwan, Chinese posts affected by spate in the river
- India has taken up strategic positions along the heights in Galwan Valley.
- The Chinese side remains dug in.
- Satellite images shows several posts set up by the PLA along the river affected by a sudden spate of water in the past few days.
China’s untenable demand to resolve Pangong standoff
- China, sources said, is making unacceptable demands.
- while the Indian position has been consistent that status quo ante has to be restored.
- India’s position is clear that PLA has been the aggressor by moving its troops forward.
- They had also set up infrastructure across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Presence of 14 Chinese vehicles and 16 tents to be raised at WMCC meet
- ET has learnt that PLA has increased military activity along LAC in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.
- This includes soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery and structures.
- Satellite images indicate consolidation of Chinese positions in the area.
Congress welcomes ban on Chinese apps, seeks more ‘effective’ measures
Ahmed patel welcomes decision to ban Chinese apps
PM Modi to address the nation on today evening
His address comes against the backdrop of a bitter standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
Canadians overwhelmingly support boycott of Chinese goods amid disputes – Poll
- Canadians overwhelmingly support a boycott of Chinese goods amid a number of disputes with China
- This happened amid detention of two Canadian nationals by Beijing
Delays in port clearance to impact vehicle manufacturing: SIAM
The Centre is taking a tough stand on imports from China amid border tensions
Several industries that are depended on inputs from China are facing delay in getting their supplies.
The goods are held up at ports and airports and are being subjected to stricter Customs scrutiny.
Ladakh stand-off: Tibetan groups in US hold protests in front of Chinese Consulate to show solidarity with India
Today, US is ending exports of Political-Military Affairs,US Dept of State controlled US origin defense equipment & sensitive US Commerce Dept controlled dual-use technologies to Hong Kong. If Beijing now treats Hong Kong as “One Country, One System,” so must we.
– US Secy of State
Amid border tensions with China, government bans 59 apps including TikTok, WeChat