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India quizzing owners of banned Chinese apps over content and practices
- Chinese companies such as TikTok-owner ByteDance have been asked by India to answer 77 questions about their apps that have been banned by New Delhi, including whether they censored content, worked on behalf of foreign governments or lobbied influencers.
- India's Information Technology Ministry has given the companies three weeks to respond to the questionnaire, which has been seen by Reuters, and said unspecified follow-up action would be taken, two sources said.
- India last month banned the apps following a border clash between soldiers from the two countries, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead. India has said the apps pose a threat to its "sovereignty and integrity". China has criticised the ban.
Indian and Chinese military commanders hold marathon talks on further disengagement in eastern Ladakh
- Indian and Chinese military commanders on Tuesday held over 10-hour-long intense negotiations on finalising a framework for a "time-bound and verifiable" disengagement process from all the friction points in eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso and Depsang, people familiar with the developments said.
- The marathon fourth round of Lt General-level talks also focussed on steps for pulling back large number of troops and weapons from rear bases along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh, they said.
- The Indian side insisted on "total restoration" of status quo ante in all areas of eastern Ladakh prior to May 5 when the standoff began following a clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Pangong Tso, sources said.
Peaceful resolution of India-China border row crucial for regional and global stability, says EU ahead of summit with India
- A peaceful resolution of the border row between India and China is crucial for regional and global stability, senior officials of the European Union(EU) said on Tuesday, a day ahead of a virtual summit between leaders of India and the 27-nation grouping.
- The officials said the EU has been keeping an eye on the border standoff between the two "powerful" countries and hoped that both sides will continue to have dialogue in order to find a peaceful solution to their differences.
- The 15th EU-India summit is taking place in the midst of the bitter border row between India and China in eastern Ladakh.
China claims 1,000 years sovereignty over SCS; denies US charges of building 'maritime empire'
- Refuting US allegations of building a "maritime empire" in the disputed South China Sea, China on Tuesday claimed its jurisdiction over the vast ocean existed for more than 1,000 years and accused Washington of attempting to sow discord between Beijing and the Southeast Asian countries.
- In a major policy speech on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the world will not allow China to treat the strategically important South China Sea (SCS) as its "maritime empire" and vowed to support worried Southeast Asian countries against Beijing's "campaign of bullying" to control the resource-rich region.
- Reacting to Pompeo's statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing in Beijing that the secretary of state's remarks neglected the history and facts about the SCS.
Indian forces to acquire Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel
- Heron unmanned aerial vehicles are already in the Air Force, Navy, and the Army and are being used extensively at the moment by both Army surveillance and Target acquisition batteries and Air Force in the Ladakh sector.
- Forces are also working towards inducting an armed version of the UAV, as well as upgrading the existing fleet into combat UAVs under the ambitious 'Project Cheetah' spearheaded by the Indian Air Force.
- Army is planning to place orders for more Spike anti-tank guided missiles which were received by it last year from Israel under the emergency financial powers granted to the services in the Post-Balakot air strikes scenario.Last time, the Army had gone in for 12 launchers and 200 Spike missiles.
- DRDO is working towards developing the indigenous Man-Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MP-ATGM) which will meet the bulk requirement of over 50,000 of these missiles needed by the Infantry units.
EU hopes India & China will hold dialogue to de-escalate situation at LAC
Corps Commander level talks between India and China starts in Chushul
'Andaman Islands can be centre point of connecting strategic line of maritime hubs to tackle China'
- Fully equipping ports and islands to monitor the naval activities could be a way to tackle Chinese maritime aggression, suggests an article in Modern Diplomacy.
- The article, suggests a strategic line of maritime hubs "which can be called a chain of maritime hubs to tackle China".
- The author stated that India's Andaman Islands can be the central point of connecting, monitoring and surveillance for Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay and Djibouti.
- The article underlines that the future of global order lies in who controls the world waterways and so China is watching and expanding in the regional seas.
- It stated that the foreign countries will have to go beyond normal and they must work in unison to tackle Chinese aggressiveness in all parts of regional seas.
China denies burial to its soldiers killed in Galwan clash to cover up its blunder: Report
- According to the US intelligence, China is not accepting that its soldiers have been killed in the showdown in order to cover up an episode that Beijing appears to consider a blunder, reported the U.S. News.
- Chinese government has acknowledged the deaths of only a few officers so far.
- Indian intercepts have revealed that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including the dead and seriously injured.
- American intelligence believes that 35 of the Chinese soldiers were killed in the showdown.
- Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs has told families of those who died in the Galwan clash that they must forgo traditional burial ceremonies, a source familiar with the assessment told U.S. News.
- This decision of the Chinese Communist Party has upset Chinese families who lost their loved ones in the incident, US-based Breitbart News reported.
- According to Breitbart, the Chinese government is struggling to silence the families of soldiers who are using Weibo and other platforms to vent their anger and frustration.
- China reportedly fears that images of gravestones for its fallen soldiers of the People's Liberation Army, or PLA, could further stoke those sentiments if spread on Chinese or international social media.
Military commanders may meet at Chushul today to discuss further disengagement
- Military commanders may to meet at Chushul in eastern Ladakh on Tuesday to discuss further disengagement and relocation of Chinese and Indian troops.
- Sources said the fourth round of corps commander-level meeting to defuse the situation is taking place after disengagement at key flashpoints.
- The meeting is expected to bring out further modalities for disengagement and more specifically the relocation of troops at the flashpoints at Pangong Tso and Hot Springs.
Rajnath Singh likely to visit Leh to discuss the ground situation
Defence minister Rajnath Singh is likely to visit Leh this week to meet troops and discuss the ground situation with military commanders.
China's claims to offshore resources across South China Sea unlawful': US
Troops of Assam Rifles recovered illegal arms, ammunition from Dimapur: Eastern Command, Indian Army