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  • The EAEU member states approved a document defining the strategic goals for developing the Eurasian integration until 2025, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated last week while listing its achievements for 2019. They also endorsed a concept for forming an EAEU financial common market with a view to launching it in 2025, according to the Ministry.

    A 2017 military crackdown on the Muslim minority, which UN investigators have called genocide, forced some 740,000 people over the border into Bangladesh. Beijing has stood strongly beside Myanmar and the Asian giant is now the country's largest investor even as distrust of its ambitions lingers among the public.

    Industrial Security Annex (ISA) and three agreements under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) were signed.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper participated jointly in the Second 2+2 Strategic Dialogue. "Today's 2+2 meeting was meaningful and successful in maintaining the momentum of the India-US relationship and taking it forward," Singh said.

    India has imported mobile phone components worth more than $1 billion from Vietnam — with which India has a free trade agreement (FTA) —in the first half of this fiscal alone, compared to $800 million in the whole of 2018-19 and just over $600 million in FY18, an industry association of companies making handset in India has informed the government.

    The new Indo-Pacific concept being pushed by the US, Japan and others is an attempt to reconfigure the existing structure, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "Why do you need to call Asian Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident -- to exclude China. Terminology should be unifying, not divisive. Neither SCO nor BRICS is exclusionary," Lavrov said.

    India’s voice will be particularly consequential in regional order building and along with Indonesia and Vietnam should have more say and a greater stake in institutions and norm-setting in the Indo-Pacific region suggested Rod Hilton. Australia was one of the first countries to come out in support of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.

    WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo told a meeting of the full WTO membership on Monday that he would launch more intensive, high-level consultations on how to resolve the longstanding impasse over the appointment of appellate body members.

    The ministry said that through these processes, India intends to emphasise "its open and inclusive approach to fostering a cooperative, free, and rules-based Indo-Pacific domain, in which all nations and their aspirations for development have equal space to find expression".The '6th Indian Ocean Dialogue' will take place on Friday.

    Foreign cos won’t be allowed in local contracts unless India Inc gets to compete in those nations, said Goyal.

    "We have already initiated dialogue with ASEAN countries and I am happy to share with the House that ASEAN has agreed for a review of the FTA. We will take up various issues in the review and then we will report to the House," he told the House. He also said the Coffee Board is trying to develop an Indian brand of coffee .

    Vendors argue it’s too late for trials, telcos say India specific use cases are necessary. 5G tials in India were first scheduled for January 2019 but were delayed on modalities such as pricing and tenure. While the US, South Korea and China, among other major countries, are ahead on testing, India has its own set of challenges to address.

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