A geopolitical roadmap in uncertain times

Source: The Business Standard Relevance: The centrality of the India-China-US triangle is an important topic for International Relations Synopsis:  The book India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, the Present offers a magisterial insight into the complex dynamics of our changing world. Recent geopolitical developments around the world: Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a year-long… Continue reading A geopolitical roadmap in uncertain times

Tibet gets first bullet train, links Lhasa to India border

What is the news?   China has started operating the first bullet train line in Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi – a strategically located Tibetan border town close to Arunachal Pradesh.   Lhasa-Nyingchi rail line   Train link would connect the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region to the border city of Nyingchi with a travel time of three and a half hours.  … Continue reading Tibet gets first bullet train, links Lhasa to India border

India-China Informal summit

News:Chinese President and Indian Prime minister has held the second Informal Summit in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11-12. Facts: The first India- China informal summit had invoked the ‘Wuhan spirit’, whereas the second informal India-China summit has called for ‘Chennai Connect’. Key takeaways from the summit: India and China have decided to set up… Continue reading India-China Informal summit

Decision on Kashmir doesn’t affect LAC, Delhi tells Beijing

India’s external affairs minister is on a visit to China.During the visit,India and China has agreed on a host of initiatives to improve their relations. Ahead of the visit,China had objected to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019.It said that the creation of the Union Territory of Ladakh has undermined its sovereignty. However,India has… Continue reading Decision on Kashmir doesn’t affect LAC, Delhi tells Beijing

J&K on top of Jaishankar’s China agenda

India’s External Affairs Minister has arrived in China ahead of the second informal summit between Indian Prime Minister and Chinese President in India in October,2019. Ahead of the visit,China had objected to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019.It said that the creation of the Union Territory of Ladakh has undermined its sovereignty. On the… Continue reading J&K on top of Jaishankar’s China agenda

Nepal schools make Mandarin compulsory after China offers to pay teachers’ salaries

Many schools across Nepal have made it mandatory for students to learn Mandarin. The decision came after Chinese government had offered to cover salaries of teachers who teach the language. However, as per the guidelines laid down by the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) of Nepal, schools are allowed to teach foreign languages, but they cannot… Continue reading Nepal schools make Mandarin compulsory after China offers to pay teachers’ salaries

India-China team on pharma to meet next month

India has decided to send a high-level delegation to China under the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue(SED) Mechanism.The meeting is scheduled to be held in Beijing in May 2019 This meeting comes in the backdrop of increasing efforts by India to increase pharmaceuticals exports to China.India has been requesting China to make the drug registration process… Continue reading India-China team on pharma to meet next month

For second time,India declines China’s invite for BRI forum

India has turned down an official invite from China to attend the second Belt and Road Forum meet scheduled to take place later this month. India had boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting against the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)… Continue reading For second time,India declines China’s invite for BRI forum

India’s imports from China decelerating, says report

According to the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry,India’s imports from China stood at USD 46 billion during the April-January period of 2018-19 from USD 53 billion in the same period a year ago. The chamber has said that India has seen an increase in its exports to China during the last few months whereas… Continue reading India’s imports from China decelerating, says report

China asks for duty-free import of 85% of its products into India

During India-China bilateral discussions,China has said they were willing to give duty-free access to 92% of Indian exports,provided India allow duty-free import of 85% of its products into China.India has offered to open up 74% of its market to Chinese goods in phases but China is not satisfied with the proposal. Import duty is a… Continue reading China asks for duty-free import of 85% of its products into India