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

Chinese troops makes slight retreat at Galwan Valley before crucial meet

News: Indian and Chinese troops have backed off slightly from Galwan river Valley ahead of crucial Lieutenant General level talks. Facts: Galwan River: It flows from the disputed Aksai Chin region to Ladakh of India.  Origin: It originates in the area of Samzungling on the eastern side of the Karakoram range and flows west to… Continue reading Chinese troops makes slight retreat at Galwan Valley before crucial meet

Depsang tensions echo 2013 standoff

News: The tensions between India and China have increased after reports of a heavy Chinese presence at Depsang Plains. Facts: Depsang Plains: It is an area at a crucial dip (called the Bulge) on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Controlled by: India controls the western portion of the plains as part of Ladakh whereas… Continue reading Depsang tensions echo 2013 standoff