NEW DELHI: As countries scramble to secure COVID-19 vaccines, ugly expressions like “vaccine race” and “vaccine nationalism” have entered the global lexicon. But, at a time when global cooperation in sharing vaccines is minimal, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) vaccine-distribution plans are yet to get off the ground, India has taken a different tack, quietly pursuing “vaccine diplomacy.” Its “Vaccine Maitri” (Vaccine Friendship) campaign has shipped hundreds of thousands of Indian-made Covishield vaccines, manufactured under license from Oxford-AstraZeneca, to some 60 countries. READ: Commentary: COVID-19 vaccine deployment may be messy, but will reshape health systems for good India is a global pharmaceutical powerhouse, manufacturing some 20 per cent of all generic medicines and accounting for as much as 62 per cent of global vaccine production, so it was quick off the mark when the pandemic struck. Before COVID-19 vaccines were developed, India supplied some ... » Learn More about Commentary: What’s behind India’s generous vaccine diplomacy?
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin’s visit to India on March 19, his first foreign visit after assuming office, was preceded by the first “Quad” summit. And Austin’s visit will be followed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to herald Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy centred around the Indo-Pacific. Together these events reflect India’s intensifying engagement with the United States-led Indo-Pacific strategy. (The Quad summit refers to the grouping of India, Australia, the United States and Japan that is known as the quadrilateral security dialogue, or quad.) Among other issues, China-India border tensions in 2020 are cited as the reason for the accelerating drift in India’s worldview which otherwise remains woven around its twin doctrines of “multialignment” and “strategic autonomy” – new forms of its historic nonalignment policy. Understandably, these events have caused concerns among China’s foreign policy analysts, especially among its India watchers. ... » Learn More about Putting Sino-Indian ties back on track
BEIJING (Global Times): US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin kicked off his three-day visit to India on Friday (March 19), just a week after the first summit of the Quad, an informal security grouping consisting of the US, Japan, Australia, and India. Austin is the first US official from the Joe Biden administration to visit India Austin called the India-US relationship a "stronghold of free and open Indo-Pacific region." This displays the great importance the Biden administration has attached to India and its intent to reinforce bilateral ties with India. In contrast to the US-Japan joint press statement issued on March 16, the joint remarks between Austin and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on Saturday did not mention China. Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times on Sunday that just as many major powers, India tries to avoid taking sides between China and the US, whose competition ... » Learn More about Difficult for India to fall for US pressure over China: Global Times
IPOH: A 34-year-old police was slapped with three corruption charges at the Sessions Court here. L/Kpl Mohd Rushisham Rusli pleaded not guilty to all three charges before judge S. Indra Nehru on Tuesday (April 6). For the first charge under Section 16(a)(B) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, L/Kpl Mohd Rushisham was said to have asked one Mohammad Nor Iman Ariffin for RM400 as an inducement not to demand a urine sample from him and Mohammad Fadzil Dzuhir, who were both suspected of taking drugs, at the Kamunting police station on April 27,2016. If found guilty, he could be fined up to five times the value of the bribe or RM10,000, and imprisonment up to 20 years. For the second charge under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act, L/Kpl Mohd Rushisham was said to have received RM50 from Mohammad Nor Iman for the same reason at the same place and time. For the third charge Section 165 of the Penal Code, he was said to have received RM100 from Mohammad Fadzil for the ... » Learn More about Policeman charged with three counts of corruption in Ipoh court