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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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