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Top developments of the day
- Indian, Chinese militaries to carry out verification of disengagement process in eastern Ladakh.
- China took 'incredibly aggressive action' in recent clash with India, says Mike Pompeo.
- Govt sends questions to 59 Chinese apps, seeks beneficial owner details.
- Army asks soldiers, officers to delete Facebook and Instagram accounts, uninstall 89 apps.
- US announces new visa restrictions on China over access to Tibet; Beijing vows to retaliate.
Army asks soldiers, officers to delete Facebook and Instagram accounts, uninstall 89 apps
Pak groups protest outside Indian High Commission in UK on Burhan Wani's death anniversary
Government sends questions to 59 Chinese apps, seeks beneficial owner details
Mike Pompeo says U.S. to take action to deny China access to Americans' data
The Trump administration will take steps to ensure the Chinese government does not gain any access to the private information of American citizens through telecommunications and social media.
China took incredibly aggressive actions, India did best to respond: Mike Pompeo on LAC face-off
"The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action," he told a State Department news conference, referring to the clash last month in the Galwan Valley. "The Indians have done their best to respond to that."
Mike Pompeo on Chinese Communist Party
Indian, Chinese militaries to carry out verification of disengagement process in eastern Ladakh
- Armies are expected to carry out a joint verification to assess the implementation of the disengagement process once the dismantling of temporary infrastructure and withdrawal of troops are completed.
- As per the mutual understanding, neither side will carry out any patrolling in the friction points till modalities for restoration of peace and tranquillity are thrashed out.
- The Chinese military has already withdrawn troops from Galwan Valley and Hot Springs, while the pull back is likely to be over in Gogra on Thursday.
Russia's Putin, China's Xi agree to boost economic cooperation
- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to boost economic cooperation, including in energy and civilian aircraft manufacturing.
- In a statement, the Kremlin also said that both Putin and Xi praised Russia's and China's mutual help in tackling the coronavirus pandemic during its peak.
The disengagement process
- It began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
- Both sides have held several rounds of diplomatic and military talks in the last few weeks to ease tension in the region.
- The sources said the two two Armies are expected to hold further talks later this week after the first phase of disengagement process is completed.
Withdrawal of Chinese troops in Hot Springs complete; pull back continues in other areas: Sources
- The Chinese military removed all temporary structures and almost completed withdrawing its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday in sync with a decision by the two countries to ensure expeditious disengagement of forces from the friction points, people familiar with the development said.
- The disengagement process began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
- In the talks, the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of troops from all the standoff points to bring back peace and tranquillity in the region. Doval and Wang are special representatives for the boundary talks.
Calibrated approach needed to reduce imports from China: SBI report
- India needs a calibrated approach to reduce imports from China as the neighbouring country has slowly and steadily built a solid base in both high and low-value imports into the country, a report by SBI said.
- The report also said that the decision of the government to ban 59 Chinese apps will provide space to the domestic IT sector to develop its own capabilities.
- "Clearly, China has slowly and steadily built a solid base in both high and low-value imports into India. We thus have to clearly take a calibrated call in reducing our import dependence from China and not through sudden stops!" said the SBI research report - Ecowrap.
CAIT plans drive to boycott Chinese goods during festive season
- The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Wednesday said that it will spearhead a movement to boycott goods imported from China during the upcoming festive season in India.
- It said that it has made an elaborate strategy to ensure 'Made in India' goods are available across the country in a substantial quantity.
- The CAIT, in a message, advised traders to ensure that Indian goods related to each festival be made available in abundance during forthcoming season which begins from Rakhi on August 3 and goes up to November 25.
Trump says considering TikTok ban as China row deepens
- US President Donald Trump said he is considering banning the wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic, remarks China described Wednesday as "a malicious smear".
- TikTok has been caught up in the escalating disputes between the United States and China, with the Chinese-owned firm accused of acting as a spying tool for Beijing -- an allegation it denies.
- "It's something we're looking at," Trump said during a TV interview on Tuesday when asked about a possible ban, according to Bloomberg News.
India looks to strengthen peace as UNSC member: President
- President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that India looked forward to working with the international community to strengthen global peace and prosperity as a member of the UN Security Council for the term 2021-22.
- His remarks came while accepting credentials from heads of Mission from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. This was the second time that credentials presentation in Rashtrapati Bhavan happened through video-conference in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The Heads of Mission, who presented their credentials, were David Pine, High Commissioner of New Zealand; Philip Barton, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom; and Akhatov Dilshod Khamidovich, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Mahaveer: Book on 1962 Indo-China War becomes a Bestseller
- In the midst of the rising tensions between India and China, a novel that tells the tale of the Indo-Chinese battle of Nuranang in 1962 has been making headlines in the Indian publishing industry. Authored by award winning A.K. Srikumar along with his wife, Rupa Srikumar, the novel tells the tale of one of - Jaswant Singh Rawat, one of India's greatest soldiers from the war.
- The book, titled ‘Mahaveer: The Soldier who never died' is a patriotic story of indomitable courage and selfless love of the legendary Garhwali soldier. Published by highly noted Indian publishing house - Rupa Publications, and represented by one of India's biggest literary agencies - The Book Bakers, the book has been climbing the bestseller lists rapidly with over half of its print run being sold out in record time.
Disengagement of Indian and China Army troops completed today at Patrolling Point 15: Indian Army Sources
India shouldn't misjudge situation again like 1962: China's mouthpiece Global Times
- Stable bilateral ties are in consistent with the common interests of both countries. We hope to see India properly handle its domestic nationalist sentiments, and overcome its strategic adventure, says Global Times
- If New Delhi continues on the path of strategic aggressiveness, it will ultimately undermine its long-term development — and also harm a stable and friendly relationship with its ancient neighbor China.
- A rash strategy will cost India a heavy price.
- An adventurous strategy will be detrimental to India's national development goals.
- To boost development, India needs a stable and peaceful surrounding environment. Unfortunately, India's national development has been impacted by surrounding turbulences since its independence.
- For example, the Jawaharlal Nehru administration implemented the reckless Forward Policy at the China-India border area - its adventurism was hit hard by the Chinese side.
- The Indira Doctrine - regarded as India's Monroe Doctrine - led to India's interference in its neighboring countries' internal affairs.
- India's strategic aggressiveness will lead to strategic overdrafts. At present, its foreign strategies do not line up with its comprehensive national strength.
- Historically, India witnessed its global reputation decline after its failure in the 1962 China-India border war.
- Modi's relentless pursuit of world leadership without sufficient hard power demonstrates that his policies are unsustainable and even vain.
Australia, Japan & US express deep concerns over China's behaviour in South China Sea, Hong Kong
China behind temporary Prachanda-Oli truce
- Over the weekend, the Chinese envoy to Nepal, Hou Yanqi was involved in hectic parleys with various factions of the NCP to save the regime. Top NCP leaders, including Prachanda, have been seeking Oli’s resignation.
- According to them, Oli’s recent anti-India remarks were “neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate”.
Buffer zones being created in Gogra, Hot Springs & Ladakh
- Satellite images, physical verification show Chinese troops have moved back from friction point in Galwan.
- While Galwan valley has been vacated and a 4 km buffer zone has been established, which will not be disturbed till the next stage of disengagement.
- A similar 4-km zone was expected to be completed at Gogra and Hot Springs too.
- Patrols will resume at the friction points in the future after current tensions de-escalate and plans are in place for joint verification of the disengagement in the coming days at several spots in eastern Ladakh.
- After the buffer zone, the next step being considered is the withdrawal of troops that have been built up along the LAC by both sides.
- The situation at the Finger area along Pangong Tso remains fluid as there has only been a limited thinning of troops by China.
US announces visa restrictions for Chinese officials
- “Today I announced visa restrictions on Peoples Republic of China officials involved in restricting foreigners' access to Tibet,” Pompeo tweeted.
- Beijing has continued systematically to obstruct travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region by US diplomats and other officials, journalists, and tourists, while Chinese officials and other citizens enjoy far greater access to the US, he said.
- Access to Tibetan areas is increasingly vital to regional stability, given the Chinese human rights abuses there, as well as Beijing's failure to prevent environmental degradation near the headwaters of Asia's major rivers.
- Pompeo said US will continue to work to advance the sustainable economic development, environmental conservation, and humanitarian conditions of Tibetan communities within China and abroad.
Pak violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch
- Pakistan violated ceasefire in Balakote and Mendhar Sectors of Poonch district.
- Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with Small Arms & intense shelling with Mortars along LoC at about 2 am. The firing stopped at around 2:45 am.
- Indian Army retaliated befittingly.
US says 'ongoing threats' came up in consultations
- Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale have discussed the "ongoing threats" to the international order and agreed to "endeavour to support each other's objectives", the State Department said.
- Shringla and Hale "discussed US-India cooperation on a full range of international issues and developed concrete steps to strengthen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership established by their leaders," the State Department said
China is 'greatest threat' to US, says FBI director
- "We've now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China," he said.
- FBI director termed the "counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China" as the "the greatest long-term threat to our nation's information and intellectual property.
- Wray stated that Chinese theft represent one of the "largest transfers of wealth in human history" and the "people of United States were victims".
- Wray highlighted that China uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques--"everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders".
- The FBI Director noted that China is engaged in, what he called, a highly sophisticate "malign foreign influence campaign".
- He accused China and the ruling Communist Party of "brazenly" violating well settled norms and rule of law.
Bhutan-China Boundary under negotiation, has not been demarcated: Embassy
- This comes amid reports of Chinese claims over Sakteng wildlife sanctuary situated in Eastern Bhutan.
- "24 rounds of ministerial-level boundary talks held, 25th round delayed due to COVID. All disputed areas to be discussed in next round, to be held as soon as mutually convenient," said Royal Bhutanese Embassy in India.