Global supply chains were disrupted after the Covid-19 outbreak, hurting India’s manufacturers and exporters, and that was followed by border tensions with China that erupted last month.
The indigenous design and development proposals approved — worth over Rs 20,400 crore — includes the cutting-edge Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAM) that has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile, which has been successfully tested, will be ordered by both the Air Force and Navy.
Galwan clash has changed ‘trust, but verify’ to more like: ‘Distrust until fully and comprehensively verified’.
Corps commander level talks at Chushul on Tuesday discussed disengagement at the faceoff sites along the LAC but were not conclusive.
The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter stand-off in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details.
Recalling how India had responded after terror attacks in the recent past, Prasad, said, You all must remember how we had retaliated after Uri and Pulwama (terror strikes). When our PM is saying that the sacrifice of our jawans won't go in vain, it has a meaning. Our government has the will to deliver."
The government on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps, including the most popular TikTok, citing national security concerns. The move has, however, hit hundreds of content creators on the ByteDance-owned app, some of whom used to earn a few lakh rupees promoting branded content.
The negotiations could be protracted and may last for a while with PLA expanding its presence along LAC in Eastern Ladakh. PLA has increased military activity along LAC in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a slew of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and structures, according to reports.
India Inc had petitioned the PMO as delays were hurting the process of normalisation that had begun June 1 with Unlock 1.0. Indian industry relies heavily on inputs from China for its factories and the development threatened to disrupt production.
The Road Transport, Highways and MSME minister said a policy will be out soon banning Chinese firms and relaxing norms for Indian companies to expand their eligibility criteria for participation in highway projects. Currently only a few projects which were undertaken much earlier involve some Chinese partners.
Asked about the corps commander-level talks on Tuesday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides will continue their meetings at the military and diplomatic levels to resolve the issues to "mutual satisfaction".
"We are keeping a close eye on the movement of these troops along with the ones which have been deployed close to the Indian territory," the sources said.
A central committee will conduct a detailed inquiry into the data-sharing practices of these apps.
Pakistan will synchronise its actions with that of China, on the border and within Jammu & Kashmir.
Bengaluru-based Chingari has seen one million new users in the last 24 hours. As of Tuesday afternoon, it had about 3.5 million downloads.
Responding to reports that both countries are strengthening import regulations and suppressing each other's export goods amid the tense border situation, Chinese Commerce Ministry Spokesman Gao Feng said that China has not taken any restrictive measures against Indian products and services.
China, sources said, is making unacceptable demands while the Indian position has been consistent that status quo ante has to be restored as the PLA has been the aggressor by moving its troops forward and setting up infrastructure across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
AliExpress, which ships individual packages, had managed to keep a low profile despite allegedly using similar tactics.
ShareIT, UC browser and shopping app Clubfactory are among other prominent apps which have been banned.
Economic stress and unstable geopolitical relations are impacting IT firms' already struggling units.
Medical equipment such as infrared thermometers and pulse oximeters needed in the fight against Covid-19, among others, are stuck at the ports and may result in shortages soon, according to the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil).
The government has also sounded out industry and importers to identify such shipments that abuse the FTA as it contemplates actions such as enhanced checks on country of origin certificates by customs authorities. The FTA with Asean allows lower tariffs on most manufactured goods. India is seeking to lower its dependence on imports & looking for ways in which it can reduce trade and business ties with China.
Allies are pitching in with commitments to deliver urgently needed weapons for the armed forces.
Over the years, Xi Jinping embarked on his goal of achieving greatness for China by 2049.
Or else we will have to relive the sorry picture of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain alighting from a plane on September 30, 1938 claiming that he had brought ‘peace for our time’. Eleven months later, Adolf Hitler invaded Poland.
The experts have also referred to China's tariff war with the US, growing bickering with Australia on trade-related issues and the fast deteriorating situation in Hong Kong.
Congressman Ted Yoho said that now is the time for the world to come together and tell China that enough is enough. The Indian and Chinese militaries are engaged in a border standoff in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie in eastern Ladakh.
The assessment as of now is that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is "unlikely to risk an all-out offensive" despite all its muscle-flexing by amassing troops and heavy weaponry along the unresolved Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Army chief General MM Naravane briefed defence minister Rajnath Singh on the ground situation in eastern Ladakh on his return from a two-day visit to the region on Friday. Sources said that the Army is extremely cautious on whether movements on the ground match the bilateral talks being undertaken to resolve the situation.
India warned China that trying to alter the status quo will have 'ripples and repercussions' in bilateral ties.
While the PLAAF can make up for the high altitude by deploying aerial tankers, Indian military planners have always been wary that in a time of conflict, airbases in PoK could be handed over to China. Limited activity can be observed at the Skardu airbase, and an IL 78 tanker of the PLAAF landed there a few days ago, besides some Pakistan Air Force transport aircraft.
Dealing with aggressive China will require India to take strict measures such as media sensitisation, calculated choice of words and intelligent responses by the government and military leaders, inclusive closed-door discussions, debates and decisions.
Prasad questioned the donations from China made to RGF and asked if FCRA rules were followed and if the foundation informed the government and for what purpose they were utilised.
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