China-led South Asian Initiative

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Understanding China’s strategy in undermining India’s role in South Asia Synopsis: China-led South Asian initiative feels like yet another attempt by China to create a parallel bloc in South Asia to counter India. Background Bangladesh has said that India too can join the China-led South Asian initiative for COVID-19 vaccines and… Continue reading China-led South Asian Initiative

China’s realpolitik lesson to India

Context:  The well-known historian Avtar Singh Bhasin’s latest book “Nehru, Tibet and China” answers a simple question: As both India and China emerged in their current avatars at the end of the 1940s, what went wrong in relations between them and why.  About the India-China war in 1962:   Like other analysts, he also apportions a large share of the blame… Continue reading China’s realpolitik lesson to India

India-China standoff casts shadow on Nathu La border trade

News: The tensions between India and China has affected trade along the Nathu La. Facts: Nathu La: It is a mountain pass in the Himalayas connecting Sikkim with Chumbi Valley of the Tibetan Plateau in China. It is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; the others being Shipkila in… Continue reading India-China standoff casts shadow on Nathu La border trade

India, China agree on 5-point plan to de-escalate LAC stand-off

News: India and China have agreed on five points to guide their approach to the situation on the Line of Actual Control(LAC). Facts: Five Points: India and China should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations including not allowing differences to become disputes. The current situation in the border areas… Continue reading India, China agree on 5-point plan to de-escalate LAC stand-off

Explained: What is the tick-borne virus spreading in China?

News: A new infectious disease called Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome(SFTS) caused by a tick-borne virus has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China. Facts: SFTS virus: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) belongs to the Bunyavirus family and is transmitted to humans through tick bites. Origin: The virus was first identified… Continue reading Explained: What is the tick-borne virus spreading in China?

China successfully launches first Mars mission

News: China has successfully launched a Mars mission called Tianwen-1. Facts: Tianwen-1 mission: It is China’s first Mars exploration mission.The name comes from the long poem “Tianwen,” meaning Questions to Heaven. Objectives: The mission was launched to fulfil three objectives: To orbit the red planet for comprehensive observation. To land on Martian soil and send… Continue reading China successfully launches first Mars mission

China makes new claim in eastern border with Bhutan

News: China has made territorial claims over Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in eastern Bhutan at an online meeting of the Global Environment Facility(GEF). Facts: Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located in Trashigang District, Eastern Bhutan. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion. The sanctuary represents the easternmost temperate ecosystems… Continue reading China makes new claim in eastern border with Bhutan

China launches last satellite for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

News: China has successfully launched the last satellite of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System(BDS). Facts: BeiDou Navigation Satellite System(BDS): It is a Chinese satellite navigation system. Type: Military and commercial Coverage: Global Total satellites: 35 (2020) Additional Facts: Global Navigation Satellite System: GPS (US), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (EU), BeiDou (China).  Additionally, there are two regional… Continue reading China launches last satellite for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

The pangolin: can the protection upgrade by China curb its trafficking?

News: China has accorded the pangolin the highest level of protection and removed the scales of the Pangolin from its list of approved traditional medicines. Facts: Pangolin: They are scaly anteater mammals of the order Pholidota.They have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin and they are the only known mammals with this feature. Habitat:… Continue reading The pangolin: can the protection upgrade by China curb its trafficking?

8 countries form alliance to counter China

News: Senior lawmakers from eight countries have launched the Inter parliamentary Alliance on China(IPAC). Facts: IPAC is an international cross-party group of legislators working towards reform on how democratic countries approach China. Aim: To help counter the threat China’s growing influence poses to global trade, security and human rights. Participating Countries: U.S, Germany, U.K, Japan,… Continue reading 8 countries form alliance to counter China