International Relations : News and Updates

  • Celebrity activism and government’s response to it
    Synopsis:  The MEA’s response to celebrity activism is fair. But its global reach has to go beyond majoritarian representation. Introduction  The tweets by international pop singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg on farmers’ protest created a huge stir.    In response, The Minister for External Affairs tweeted about motivated campaigns targeting India. ...
  • Evaluating India- China Disengagement agreement on Pongong Tso
    Synopsis: India-China disengagement process on the border is ongoing. There is a need for the cost-benefit analysis of this disengagement process. Background: Recently, both India and China have announced the start of disengagement between the two armies in Ladakh. The current disengagement is limited to two places on the Line of Actual Control ...
  • Need for a balanced approach on ‘Bilateral Investment Treaty’ for India
    Synopsis: Sri Lanka’s revoked the East Container Terminal (ECT) agreement without any valid reason. However, Indian investors can’t oppose this decision under International Law, due to India’s withdrawal from Bilateral Investment treaties (BIT). This calls for adopting a balanced approach towards BITs.  Background:  An agreement to jointly develop ECT at Colombo port was signed between Sri Lanka, Japan and India in ...
  • ‘ICC ruling’ over Palestinian Territories
    Synopsis: The recent ICC (International Criminal Court) ruling allows it to prosecute war crimes in Palestinian Territories. The ruling is welcomed by Palestine but criticized by the U.S. and Israel. Background:  Israel had been accused of committing atrocities in Palestinian Territories of West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967. Palestine joined the ICC ...
  • ‘Disengagement activities’ for reducing Sino-India tensions
    Synopsis: India and China have simultaneously begun disengagement activities around the Pangong Tso region in eastern Ladakh. It is a laudable step for reducing tension between the two countries. Background: The two countries were undergoing severe tensions since May 2020. It is when the Chinese army entered 8 km inside Eastern Ladakh. This ...
  • India-Australia relation: Towards sustainable future
    Synopsis: How India and Australia are working towards a sustainable world. Background The year 2020 witnessed the spread of the Pandemic, bushfires in Australia as a consequence of climate change. It has taught the following important lessons to the world. The need to strengthen the resilience of our global communities. The importance of innovation, ...
  • Disengagement agreement at Pangong Tso Lake – Explained
    Table of contents Background What are the important points of the agreement? What are the reasons leading to the present agreement? Concerns with the disengagement agreement Suggestions to improve the disengagement Recently, a military disengagement agreement signed between India and China. This is the first major breakthrough to resolve the nine-month-long military stand-off along the Line of ...
  • Reasons behind India-China disengagement agreement along LAC
    Source- Indian Express  Syllabus: GS 2 –  India and its Neighbourhood- Relations. Synopsis: The Sino- Indian disengagement agreement in Pangong Tso region is the first step towards ending hostilities along LAC (Line of Actual Control). Focus should now be on other areas of friction like Kailash heights and Depsang plateau to bring ...
  • Disengagement agreement in Pangong Tso region
    Source: The Indian Express Syllabus: GS 2 –  India and its Neighborhood- Relations.  Synopsis: Both India and China have agreed to withdraw troops from Pangong Tso region. Both the countries will return to the position of April 2020 (before the stand-off took place).  Introduction:  As per the agreement reached by the 9th corps commanders meeting on 24th January, both Indian ...
  • Issue of Digital Services Tax between India and US – Explained
    Table of contents What is Digital Services Tax (DST)? Why India introduced the Digital Service Tax? What are the accusations mentioned by the US? What India said in reply? What are the concerns associated with DST? Suggestions Recently the U.S. determined India’s Digital Services Tax (DST) as discriminatory. It concluded that the DST is causing an ...
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