NEW DELHI: Vietnam has taken an appropriate decision by asking its citizens to fish legally after China attempted to put fishing limits in South China Sea where Beijing has yet again displayed aggression in last few weeks while the world is busy fighting Covid. The unilateral action by China to ban fishing in SCS and threat fisherman is bullying tactic, according to experts. The threat by China to its neighbours must be met through solidarity and unity among China’s neighbours and members of the international community. Vietnam rightfully is encouraging fishermen to stick to normal production within the limits of Vietnam’s territorial waters as it rejected China’s order of a seasonal ban from May 1 to August 16 in the South China Sea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the fishing ban, saying Vietnam rejects China’s unilateral decision In early April, China sank a boat carrying Vietnamese fishers. Also last month, China reportedly sent a ship into … [Read more...] about China’s increasing belligerence in South China Sea threatens international peace and regional stability
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By Duncan Bartlett People experiencing a life in lockdown often report that certain relatives and friends feel closer than before. However, they also say that some of their associates seem more distant than ever, even if they are actually near neighbours. Similarly, the dramatic changes caused by coronavirus have shaken up relationships between Asian nations. India recently marked 70 years of diplomatic relations with Beijing but there is a disturbing backlash against China on social media. Many posts seethe with anger relating to the origin of the Covid-19 virus in Wuhan and alleged attempts to cover it up. Some of this resentment is stoked by the hawks in the United States, who suggest the pandemic is China’s deliberate and malevolent attack upon the world. China bristles in defence against such allegations. State media presents the situation as a terrible but unavoidable natural disaster. It talks of the People’s War against the virus and praises the bravery of its … [Read more...] about View: Can India benefit from the world’s frustration with China?
Representatives from these companies from Germany, Finland, Taiwan, France, South Korea, Japan, China, United States, Australia, England and the Netherlands exchanged signed agreements with Tamil Nadu officials, in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswamiat the Secretariat here. … [Read more...] about Tamil Nadu signs 17 agreements for investments of over ₹15,100 crore
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold his first virtual bilateral summit on June 4, as he hopes to expand the strategic partnership with Australia in the backdrop of China's renewed efforts to step up aggression in the Indo-Pacific region. The summit is happening also amid new tensions between China and Australia over Canberra’s call for a global inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus. Australian PM Scott Morrison has described India as a natural partner. The two sides at the meet are expected to conclude agreements to develop reliable supply chains in key strategic sectors, including medical goods, technology and critical minerals, besides a mutual logistics support pact for the two navies, ET has learnt. A new education partnership is also on the agenda to help overcome Australian universities’ dependence on Chinese students. Australia is looking to expand agricultural exports to India, including of barley, as China imposes trade barriers. Morrison was … [Read more...] about India, Australia bilateral virtual summit on June 4
“Doklam sets a new normal to the uneasy and troubled India-China bilateral ties. It is a stand-alone case since it has also involved a third country, Bhutan,” strategic affairs expert Uday Bhaskar said. The border issue was still unresolved, he said. … [Read more...] about Doklam lesson: Hit refresh on border dispute mechanism, address boundary issues