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India and Pakistan should encourage bilateral trade

India and Pakistan should encourage bilateral trade Theme: India-Pakistan Bilateral relations Introduction: There is rising concern about declining trade between India and Pakistan due to escalation in tensions along the borders. So there is need for concerted efforts on both sides to ease tensions through people-centric measures. Over the last five years, the bilateral trade trajectory has been volatile. From a high of $2.70 billion in 2013-14, it fell to $2.40 billion in 2017-

02 July, 2019 International Relations

Beyond words, India – Pak Relations

Beyond words, India – Pak Relations Theme: India-Pakistan Relations Context: Since the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Pakistan, there have been many substantive exchanges between New Delhi and Islamabad.  Details: In his first statement after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party, Mr. Khan singled out India as a foreign policy relationship he hoped to work on, offering to walk “two steps for every one ste

02 July, 2019 International Relations

70 Years of Diplomatic Relations India-China

70 Years of Diplomatic Relations India-China Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy terms India and China mark the 1st April 2020 as the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them starting from 1950 till now. Facts and Figures on China-India Cooperation Political and Diplomatic Relations The Communist Party of China (CPC) has maintained friendly exchanges with 9 major Indian political parties including the BJP, Cong

01 April, 2020 International Relations

Operation Samudra Setu

Operation Samudra Setu   Indian Navy on Tuesday launched 'Operation Samudra Setu' (Sea Bridge) sending naval ships INS Jalashwa and INS Magar to the Port of Malè, Republic of Maldives The Operation Samudra Setu will commence evacuation operations from 08 May 2020 as part of Phase-1 INS Jalashwa (Landing Platform Dock or LPD) has a full load displacement of 17,521 tonnes and INS Magar (Landing Platform Tank) is an amphibious warfare vessel with a displacement of 5,

06 May, 2020 Bilateral Relations

India hands over 3 tranche of emergency medical assistance to Bangladesh

India hands over 3 tranche of emergency medical assistance to Bangladesh The third tranche consists of RT-PCR COVID-19 kits capable of running 30 thousand tests. After being received in Dhaka, the RT-PCR test kits were dispatched to the Institute of Epidemiological Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Bangladesh. These test kits are domestically manufactured in India and they are being widely used for COVID-19 detection.  Bangladesh is the first country to receive these test kits on

07 May, 2020 International Relations


MISSION SAGAR As part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Naval Ship Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams embarked, on 10 May 20. This deployment as ‘Mission Sagar’, is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the region and builds on the exce

11 May, 2020 Bilateral Relations

The new Indian road to Lipu Lekh-Nepal’s protests

The new Indian road to Lipu Lekh-Nepal’s protests Part of: GS-II- International issues (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) (Indian express Explained) Army Chief General M M Naravane said that Nepal’s protest against a newly built Indian road in Uttarakhand, up to Lipu Lekh pass on the China border, was at “someone else's behest”. His statement has been widely taken to mean that Nepal was acting as a proxy for China, at a time when tensions have spiked sharply on

18 May, 2020 International Relations

India-China border issues

India-China border flare-up Part of: GS-II- India and China  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) Which are the tension points? Why has the Line of Actual Control not been clearly demarcated? Why is there a stalemate in boundary talks? Background The India-China border has been witnessing tensions over the past month, with incidents reported in at least four different locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). On May 14, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Narav

24 May, 2020 Bilateral Relations

Reasons behind India and Nepal fighting over Kalapani?

Reasons behind India and Nepal fighting over Kalapani? Part of: GS-II- International Treaties and Convections  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) What is the strategic importance of the region? Why do both sides stake claim to the area? Background The dispute over Kalapani, which lies on the easternmost corner of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, between Nepal and India was revived in November 2019 when India published a revised political map showing the newly cre

24 May, 2020 Bilateral Relations

From a standoff to a stalemate

  From a standoff to a stalemate By , Major General M. Vinaya Chandran (retd), who has 36 years of service in the Indian Army, is a PhD Research Scholar at the University of Madras Introduction India’s construction of a road to Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in the Galwan Valley has been suggested as one reason for the recent standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China has said India was “attempting to unilaterally change the status quo

29 May, 2020 International Relations

An inflection point (Killings at the LAC)

An inflection point (Killings at the LAC) The brutal killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese Army in the deadliest escalation of violence between India and China on the LAC in nearly four and half decades puts a heavy question mark on an already fraught process. It has the potential to vitiate and undermine the disengagement agreed upon only a few days ago between senior military officers on both sides and harden the standoff between the two countries. Yet India must keep a clear

17 June, 2020 International Relations

What happened in Nathu La in 1967?

What happened in Nathu La in 1967? Context As reports of deaths of Indian soldiers in a violent faceoff on Ladakh border emerged, many took solace from the fact that no rounds were fired during the physical clash with the Chinese soldiers. While this certainly makes these deaths more brutal than being shot and killed, it also gives hope that an escalation to kinetic means – rifles, howitzers, rockets, missiles and fighter jets – can be avoided between the two nuclear neigh

17 June, 2020 International Relations

History, the standoff, and policy worth rereading (India-China standoff)

History, the standoff, and policy worth rereading By, suhasini.h@thehindu.co.in Context # The deadly clashes at Galwan and the ongoing standoff between India and China on the ridges or “fingers” around the Pangong Tso are a metaphor for the wider conflict between the two countries over all the areas that Chinese strategy refers to as the “five fingers of the Tibetan palm”. Five Fingers of Tibetan palm # According to the construct, attributed to Mao and cit

18 June, 2020 International Relations

Disorder at the border: On India-China face-off

Disorder at the border: On India-China face-off Context # With the deaths of at least 20 Indian soldiers, and reports of Chinese soldier casualties in clashes at the Galwan valley in Ladakh, India and China have entered uncharted territory on the Line of Actual Control, the first combat deaths since 1975, and the first such in the Galwan Valley since the 1962 war. The stand-off # The brutality of the clashes, with severe injuries and deaths incurred despite the fact that no shots we

18 June, 2020 International Relations

Who does Galwan Valley belong to?

Who does Galwan Valley belong to? Context On June 15, the worst violence on the India-China border since 1967 claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers. The clash occurred in the Galwan Valley, which hasn’t been a site of conflict since 1962. On June 19, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement claimed that the entire valley is located “on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC)”, which followed a statement from the People’s Liberation Army stati

21 June, 2020 International Relations

India and China-1962 war analysis

India’s continuing two-front conundrum By, Jayant Prasad, a former diplomat, served as Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses0 Context Since 1959, when India-China relations sharply deteriorated, India has known that it has two geopolitical adversaries. Recently, India’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, reassuringly said in May at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses that the Indian Army remains “alive&

22 June, 2020 International Relations

China policy lacks perspicacity

China policy lacks perspicacity By, Mohammed Ayoob is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Michigan State University # There is a resemblance between what is going on now on the India-China border with the events in the run-up to the 1962 war. The debacle in that war was rightly blamed on the Nehru government for its military unpreparedness and for its inability to fathom China’s larger strategic objectives. # With India much better prepared now

22 June, 2020 International Relations

Greater Male Connectivity project

Greater Male Connectivity project Context: India announces $500 mn package for the Maldives India has announced its support in the implementation of the Greater Male Connectivity project (GMCP in the Maldives). The financial package comprises of a new Line of Credit (LoC) of USD 400 million and a grant of USD 100 million. New connectivity measures for the Maldives, including air, sea, intra-island and telecommunications, have been announced by India. It is an effort to help Mald

14 August, 2020 International Relations

Major challenges to India’s Neighbourhood First Policy

Major challenges to India’s Neighbourhood First Policy Context: GS-Paper II- India’s Foreign Policy, International relations This year, India faced a trifecta of challenges in its neighbourhood from China: The COVID-19 pandemic, The growing competition for influence in South Asia, and Aggressive actions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by China’s People's Liberation Army (PLA). How has India helped tackle the regional COVID-19 challenge? The

27 December, 2020 International Relations

COVID Pandemic and India’s New Foreign Policy

COVID Pandemic and India’s New Foreign Policy M.K. Narayanan is a former National Security Adviser and a former Governor of West Bengal The year 2021 should see a cementing of the many trends that had their genesis in 2020. Leadership change in the United States is perhaps the most awaited change, but is unlikely to bring about a major power shift in the international arena. Even before the changeover, and despite the promise of a Biden presidency to invigorate the U.S.-Euro

12 January, 2021 International Relations

Myanmar- Important Points for PT

Biggest Ethnic Population- Bamar people Has been ravaged by Extremely Severe Cyclone Nargis in the past Kyaukphyu port in Myanmar is being developed by China as part of Belt & Road Initiative India & Myanmar are doing multimodal Kaladan project that connects India's North East border with Myanmar's Sittwe Port.

05 February, 2021 International Relations

MoU for the construction of the Shahtoot dam in Afghanistan

MoU signed recently for construction of the Shahtoot dam to provide drinking water to Kabul. The proposed dam will be on Kabul river basin. It is one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. The dam will provide drinking, irrigation, and Environmental water for Kabul province. This is the second major dam being built by India in Afghanistan, after Salma Dam which was inaugurated in 2016.

10 February, 2021 Bilateral Relations

India-China Border Agreements-Past to Present

India-China Border Agreements-Past to Present McMohan Line How could India support the McMahon Line when Tibet had “never possessed the right” to conclude sovereign agreements with the outside world. China, had practised “restraint” in the Eastern Sector (the sector covered by the McMahon Line) of the boundary with India. China’s Forward policy The events in Galwan in the summer of 2020 in the Western Sector of the boundary China was “pr

23 February, 2021 International Relations

India-Pakistan (Ceasefire Agreements, past to present)

India-Pakistan (Ceasefire Agreements, past to present) Introduction In the wake of registering 5,130 ceasefire violations in 2020, guns on either side of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) fell silent on the intervening night of February 24-25, 2021. The February ceasefire announcement by the 2 Director Generals of Military Operations (DGsMO)  has triggered widespread speculation about its durability, significance and implication for bilateral relations in

03 March, 2021 International Relations

Hazara Tribe Under Attack in Pakistan

Hazaras are a tribe belonging to Shia sect living in the mountainous region of Afghanistan-Pakistan border. They have been in news because of prosecution by the Sunni majority regime in both the countries.

06 March, 2021 International Relations

China’s dams on Brahmaputra

China’s dams on Brahmaputra The 14th FYP (2021-25) of China has given the go ahead for a Chinese hydropower company to construct the first downstream hydropower project on the lower reaches of the river Brahmaputra. About the Project: The state-owned hydropower company POWERCHINA signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) government to implement hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo river as part of the new Fiv

12 March, 2021 International Relations

Getting it right on the LAC disengagement

Getting it right on the LAC disengagement Introduction There are many speculations about the LAC disengagement plan like- creation of a “buffer zone on Indian territory”, “surrendering of Indian territory” and others have questioned the withdrawal of India’s presence along the Kailash range on the South Bank of Pangong since it enabled India to dominate the Chinese garrison at Moldo. Things are moving Another charge has been levelled — of i

23 March, 2021 International Relations

Sealing of India's Border with Myanmar

India has sealed all entry points along the India-Myanmar border to prevent any Myanmar nationals from entering the country. To curb civil disobedience movements Junta ruled Myanmar is following stringent methods like shooting the public, night raids on protesters home, etc. Due to this the Myanmar nationals have crossed into India and sought refuge. Hence, to stop this illegal migration India-Myanmar border has been closed. The border between India and Myanmar is unfenced, a

23 March, 2021 International Relations

Indus Water Commission

India and Pakistan will hold the 116th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission(PIC) in New Delhi. They will discuss water sharing issues and address each other’s concerns with the Indus Water Treaty. About Permanent Indus Commission(PIC): The Permanent Indus Commission is a bilateral commission of officials from India and Pakistan. It is created to implement and manage the goals of the Indus Water Treaty, 1960. The Commission according to the treaty must meet regularly at leas

24 March, 2021 Bilateral Relations

China – Pakistan relations

China – Pakistan relations In a joint statement, the two countries said they would “firmly safeguard multilateralism and support the central role of the United Nations in international affairs.” China and Pakistan have pledged to back each other’s “core and major interests” in the United Nations after holding bilateral consultations on UN affairs. Both countries, which describe their relationship officially as one of “all-weather partners&rdqu

10 April, 2021 International Relations

China – Sri Lanka relations

China – Sri Lanka relations China on Monday signed a $500 million loan agreement with Sri Lanka, in a move that Colombo hopes would boost its foreign reserves that are under severe strain since the pandemic struck last year. This is the second instalment of the $1 billion loan sought by Sri Lanka last year. The first was released in March 2020, just as the pandemic hit Sri Lanka. The approval comes a month after Sri Lanka obtained a currency swap facility from China for $1.5 bil

13 April, 2021 International Relations

Exercise Khanjar- exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan

India and Kyrgyzstan Special Forces have started a military exercise named Exercise Khanjar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. About Exercise Khanjar Exercise Khanjar is a Joint Special Forces Military Exercise between India and Kyrgyzstan. The exercise was started in the year 2011. This is the Eighth Edition of the Exercise. The exercise aims to boost the strategic partnership between India and Kyrgyzstan. It also focuses on high-altitude, mountains and counter-extremism drills. Other Ex

23 April, 2021 International Relations

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