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UN kept in shackles by Beijing, should free itself to support democracy in China: Global pro-democracy activists

A group of pro-democracy activists and human rights defenders have called for the United Nations and its institutions that are currently kept in shackles by Beijing to free themselves and support democracy in China.

As Communist China celebrated its National Day on Oct. 1, the activists, with varied background from North America, Europe and Asia, came on a single platform under the aegis of New Delhi-based think-tank ‘Law and Society Alliance’ and ‘Defence Capital’ to ask all democratic nations and international human rights organisations to unite against the repressive Chinese Communist party (CCP) regime in Beijing.

London-based Inter-Parliamentary Alliance coordinator Luke De Pulford said human rights and law-based world order is the responsibility of all nations globally and argued that the rules-based order has come under a severe threat from the Communist Party of China.

Expressing his disgust at the ongoing persecution in China of Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians, Pulford said it has led to a severe human rights crisis and genocide, which are extremely serious.

“In Hong Kong, we see that the CCP has completely destroyed an international treaty and displayed a flagrant disregard for it and the people of Hong Kong,” he said.

Luke de Pulford said he was concerned over China holding the United Nations in shackles. “The CCP has strategically rolled out an effort to undertake initiatives of the UN leading to the dependency of the UN agencies on the CCP and coming under it. Currently, at least 15 UN organisations and bodies are being headed by the Chinese nationals. These are huge and important institutions. This is obstructing these agencies to speak up against China.”

He said, “UN institutions do not question China the way they should. Hence, neither the genocide and extermination of Uighurs cannot reach the UN agencies, nor a tribunal could be formed on this. Neither is it possible at the UN Security Council, as it would be vetoed by China. Every attempt at the UNHRC to raise human rights record of China, it falls down due Chinese clout there.”

Former Union Minister and Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering said the world has now realised that coming together of all democracies is indeed necessary to tackle Communist China, the biggest threat to world peace. “The Communist Party of China is the antithesis to the idea pluralistic democracy,” he said.

“There is a need for people’s movement against China. I urge all the trade unions and farmers’ organisations of the world to come together to constitute an alliance for fighting China – similar to the IPAC. from all over the world.”

Ajmer-Sharif Dargah’s guardian-trustee and Chishty Foundation chairman Syed Salman Chishty argued China’s subversive and oppressive policies towards its own citizens and the people of the occupied lands is of serious concern to the global community. Its series of acts and defiance of international bodies and community too is worrisome. He expressed his support to the activists for their global pro-democracy campaign for China.

Chishty called for the world leaders and global bodies like the UN to re-emphasise their stated goals of world peace and intervene by launched a pro-democracy movement for China. “The UN bodies really need to stand up against this repressive regime. However, UN member-states do not exhibit a realistic approach towards China.”

Toronto-based Canadian Coalition against Communism vice president Sheng Xue lay the responsibility for the global spread of the Coronavirus on Communist China. “But the real virus was the birth of the CCP years ago and the CCP virus has now become more dangerous.”

She said Xi Jinping had offended more people globally and this could be a reason for change that will take place in Communist China soon. “Lives of the oppressed and suppressed Uighurs, Mongolians, Tibetans, and Chinese are the worst in the world. They are not even able to fight back against CCP.”

Sheng said globally, nations were not looking at the persecution of the people inside China, as they only saw CCP’s money. “The Coronavirus has led to global focus on China and what is going on inside Communist China. It has provided a chance for people to investigate what is happening inside China. Let us leverage on this opportunity.”

New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center director Togochog said at least 100,000 Mongolians were killed due to persecution and torture in occupied Mongolian region and have suffered economic degradation, as farming and use of grasslands were prohibited and people displaced.

“They have forcibly transported the entire Mongolian population out of their own lands by making living on grasslands a crime and herders have been imprisoned for earning their living by using their own grasslands. The nomadic lives of the people have been wiped out.”

He said the Mongolians, for their language rights, launched a civil disobedience movement, the largest in Communist China till date after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. “Mass arrests and enforced disappearances have become common practices. At least 5,000 southern Mongolians have either been detained or disappeared in the past month alone. Southern Mongolians shall keep fighting, ultimately to free their land, practice their language, and determine their political future,” Togochog said.

Geneva-based The Tibet Bureau special appointee for human rights Thinlay Chukki said Communist China celebrating their 71st foundation day after persecution of 1.2 million Tibetans and the destruction of 6,000 monasteries. “They are working towards the total sinicisation of Tibetans. Tibet was never a part of China. PRC is only one-fifth of the territory it currently occupies.”

Chukki said there were no human rights left under the universal declaration of the UN that has not been breached by Communist China against the Tibetans. She said history was repeating itself, and cited the example of the CCP breaching its Hong Kong agreement with the British government, just as the 17-point agreement was signed at the gunpoint and later on breached by CCP, leading to Dalai Lama fleeing and seeking refuge in India.

She said China is a threat to the idea of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, a lofty Indian ideal of the world being one family. “When India sees the world, it sees it as a global society. Whereas, when China sees the world, it sees it as a big colony. It is always focusing on colonisation. What is happening with Hambantota (Sri Lanka), with Pakistan, and with Myanmar? The Belt and Road Initiative is nothing but a weapon – a strategy to colonise the world.”

New York-based World Uyghur Congress director for Chinese affairs Ilshat Kokbore said around 3,000,000 Uighurs have been kept under concentration camps. “Since 2000, the CCP government began detaining and disappearing the elites and opinion-makers of the Uighur society including university professors, students, poets, writers, singers, and artists.”

“It is a holocaust in itself. After the holocaust by the Nazis, the UN promised that it shall never happen again. However, this is happening again under the CCP, which is celebrating its success. But this comes at the cost of the blood of tens of thousands of Uighurs, Mongolians, and Tibetans.”

He said, “the CCP is infiltrating the US, Europe, and India. They are trying to control all the resources. This ambition of dominating the world is explosive. In 1940, politicians hardly believed that the Chinese Communists were different from the Russian Communists. In fact, they all failed to see that CCP turned out to be even worse than the Nazis.”

New-Delhi-based Swadeshi Jagran Manch national co-convenor Ashwani Mahajan said the CCP conspired against the rules-based economic order under WTO and took advantage of the transparency of other signatory nations under WTO. With this knowledge, CCP began subsidising its exports and dumping good globally, leading to de-industrialistaion of all their trading partners – including US, Europe, and India.

“The economic clout China has got is preventing democratic countries from speaking against it. It was for the first time under President Trump that the US challenged the Chinese hegemony and the tariff wars began with China,” Mahajan said.

“But the opportunity has come. The whole world is against China. This is the time that we push against the Chinese economic aggression on one hand and Chinese hegemony on the other.”

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 3rd 2020

  1. कोरोना महामारी से बिगड़े हालात सामान्य होने के बाद फिर खुलेगा करतारपुर कॉरिडोर: पाकिस्तानी मीडिया

Key points:

  1. गुरु नानक देव से जुड़े ऐतिहासिक गुरुद्वारे के लिए गलियारे का भारत में 26 नवंबर 2018 को और पाकिस्तान में 28 नवंबर को शिलान्यास किया गया था
  2. 9 नवंबर 2019 को गुरुनानक देव जी के प्रकाशोत्सव पर गलियारे को जनता को समर्पित कर दिया गया था, 15 मार्च से है बंद
  3. महाराजा रणजीत सिंह की पुण्यतिथि पर पाकिस्तान ने गलियारा खोलने की बात की तो भारत सरकार ने कर दिया था खारिज

(Dainik Bhaskar, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Burma
  • Foreign secretary, Army chief to visit Myanmar tomorrow amid India-China standoff

Key points:

  1. Foreign Secretary Harsh V. Shringla and Indian Army Chief M.M. Naravane will visit Myanmar on 4-5 October. The two-day visit comes amid ongoing border tensions between India and China in Ladakh.
  2. Shringla had held a virtual meeting with Myanmar Permanent Secretary U Soe Han last week, even as China tries to increase influence over India’s neighbourhood, diplomatic sources told ThePrint.
  3. Sources also said that the focus of this impending visit will be on the border area development. An MoU on India-Myanmar Border Area Development was signed in 2012, according to which New Delhi will provide $5 million each year over a period of five years to Nay Pyi Taw. This MoU was later extended till 2022.
  4. “These projects, undertaken in the Chin State and Naga Self-Administered Zone, have been known to deliver enormous benefits to the people and been empowering the local communities,” said an official requesting anonymity.

(The Print, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • European countries
  1. German envoy’s Wind of Change redux, with a little help from India

Key points:

  1. As diplomats grappled with Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, German ambassador Walter Lindner was busy with a secret project to mark the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification on October 3 – a new version of the Scorpions song Wind Of Change recorded with Indian musicians.
  2. Lindner, an accomplished musician who plays instruments such as the guitar, piano and flute and has released several albums, said he opted to record an Indian version of Wind Of Change, an “unofficial anthem of freedom, hope and change”, to mark German Unity Day instead of organising a webinar or digital workshop. “On this historic day, German
  3. Technology played a key part in the venture – singer Chetan Dominic Awasthi recorded his vocals at home in Noida, sarod, tabla and sitar players Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Prabhash Maharaj and Abhishek Maharaj recorded their parts in Varanasi while drummer Peter Retzlaff sent in his part from New York – and the envoy put everything together in his well-equipped home studio. Besides the drums and the Indian instruments featured in the song, Lindner played all other instruments. The song also features on Lindner’s new CD , A Journey’s Songbook, which has several Indian musicians and is a mix of rock, soul, jazz and Indian music.
  4. The envoy spoke to Klaus Meine, whom he has since befriended, to get the rights for the song. Lindner said Meine told him an Indian version would be a “wonderful idea because the song is about building bridges across cultures”. The video for the track features footage of the Scorpions, and has an endorsement from Meine, who says: “Today, we’re building bridges across borders and cultures for a better and more peaceful world.”

(Hindustan Times, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • India, South Africa ask WTO to waive off patents, IPs for faster Covid-19 care

Key points:

  1. India and South Africa have asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive certain conditions of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement that could impede timely access to affordable medical products to combat Covid-19.

(Indian Express, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  1. New Zealand-India Education Week from Oct 5 to 9

Key points:

  1. A Virtual Education Conclave – New Zealand-India Education Week – with universities and executives from New Zealand will be held from October 5 to 9 between 10.30 am and 11.30 am. The online series will bring together researchers, experts and academia from across New Zealand and Indian education and business landscape.
  2. It is a first such event organised by Education New Zealand (ENZ). The event will be inaugurated by David Pine, New Zealand High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh, and Ambassador-Designate to Nepal, and John Laxon, Regional Director-Asia, Education New Zealand on October 5.

(Times of India, 3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Hongkong
  • Because India Is Fighting China. So India Is My friend!’: Hong Kong pro-democracy protester who wrapped himself in Tricolour

Key points:

  1. Pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong seem to have found inspiration in India’s strong resistance to China’s unprovoked aggression as they wrapped themselves in the tricolour and marched on China’s National Day in Causeway Bay on Thursday.
  2. Reporting from the spot, the journalist further said, “He is now holding the flag above his head, shouting STAND WITH INDIA… The crowd is applauding him.”
  3. Undeterred by the heavy police presence, the man walked on the street wearing the Indian flag as tens of thousands of Hong Kong nationals marched, chanting slogans like “Disband the police” and “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times”, said media reports
  4. “HongKong and India shared a long history. Tens of thousands of  Hong Kongers of South Asian heritage were born here. This gentleman feels a tribute to the Indian nation is long overdue, so he honors the tricolour on China’s national day. #October1stProtest #HongKongProtests,” he wrote.
  5. Its response is also being seen as an attempt to intimidate countries like India where several companies have announced to shift their units, taking a cue from the current pandemic and previous episodes of deadly outbreaks emanating from China.

(India Blooms,3 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Afghanistan
  • Afghanistan’s top negotiator Abdullah Abdullah to visit India on October 6

Key points:

  1. Afghanistan’s top negotiator for intra-Afghan talks Abdullah Abdullah will visit India and start his four-day trip from October 6. He as the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation represents the Afghan govt in talks with Taliban which started in September in Doha.
  2. Joint Secretary, PAI or Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran division of Ministry of External Affairs, JP Singh had met him on the sidelines of the beginning of the intra-Afghan ceremony on September 12 in Doha.At the ceremony, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said, “Interests of minorities, women and vulnerable sections of society must be preserved and the issue of violence across the country and its neighbourhood has to be effectively addressed.”
  3. New Delhi is Afghanistan’s major development partner and has built number infrastructure projects in the country like India-Afghanistan friendship dam in the western province of Herat and the Afghan Parliament in capital Kabul.

(Zee News, 26 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: October 2nd 2020

  • Relation with US
  1. अमेरिका से राष्ट्रपति और प्रधानमंत्री के लिए आया विशेष विमान, स्पेशल कम्युनिकेशन और एडवांस डिफेंस सिस्टम से लैस है

Key points:

  1. भारत ने अमेरिका से दो बोइंग-777 की डील की थी, इनमें से एक आज दिल्ली एयरपोर्ट पर पहुंचा
  2. विमान में VIPs के लिए केबिन और मेडिकल सेंटर की व्यवस्था, मीडिया के लिए भी जगह दी गई
  3. एयरक्राफ्ट एडवांस डिफेंस सिस्टम से लैस है और मिसाइल अटैक को नाकाम करके पलटवार भी कर सकता है।
  4. इस विमान में हवा में ईंधन भरा जा सकता है। ईंधन भरने के बाद यह लगातार 17 घंटे तक उड़ान भर सकता है।
  5. विमान भारत से अमेरिका तक करीब साढ़े 12 हजार किमी की दूरी एक बार में तय कर सकता है।
  6. इस विमान में वीआईपी के लिए बड़े केबिन हैं और इसके अलावा एक मेडिकल सेंटर भी है।
  7. एयरक्राफ्ट में मीडिया के लिए भी जगह दी गई है। पीछे की सीटें इकोनॉमी क्लास हैं और बाकी सीटें बिजनेस क्लास हैं।
  8. दोनों विमान की कीमत करीब 8,458 करोड़ रुपए है। विमान के उड़ान के दौरान हर घंटे करीब 1 करोड़ 30 लाख रु. की लागत आती है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • अमेरिकी कोर्ट ने एच-1बी वीजा पर बैन के फैसले पर रोक लगाई, कहाराष्ट्रपति ने संवैधानिक अधिकारों को पार किया

Key points:

  1. कैलिफोर्निया की कोर्ट ने वीजा प्रतिबंधों पर तुरंत रोक लगाई
  2. एच-1बी वीजाधारकों में भारतीय की संख्या करीब 70 फीसदी
  3. अमेरिका हर साल 85 हजार एच-1बी वीजा जारी करता है
  4. एच-1बी वीजा पर लगे बैन को हटाने के लिए व्यापारिक संगठनों ने डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ कॉमर्स और डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ होमलैंड सिक्युरिटी के खिलाफ याचिका दाखिल की थी। यह याचिका कंपनियों के राष्ट्रीय संगठन नेशनल एसोसिएशन ऑफ मैन्युफैक्चरर्स, यूएस चैंबर ऑफ कॉमर्स, नेशनल रिटेल फेडरेशन और टेकनेट ने दाखिल की थी। नेशनल एसोसिएशन ऑफ मैन्युफैक्चरर्स ने कहा कि कोर्ट के फैसले के बाद वीजा प्रतिबंधों पर तुरंत रोक लग गई है।
  5. इसी साल जून में ट्रम्प प्रशासन ने एच-1बी वीजा समेत अन्य विदेश वीजा पर अस्थायी रोक लगा दी थी। इस रोक का असर एच-2बी, जे और एल वीजा पर पड़ा था। यह रोक इस साल के अंत तक के लिए लगाई गई थी। ट्रम्प ने कहा था कि इस कदम से अमेरिकियों को रोजगार के ज्यादा मौके मिलेंगे। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति ने कहा था कि फरवरी से मई के बीच अमेरिका में बेरोजगारी चार गुना तक बढ़ गई है। लिहाजा, उन्हें सख्त कदम उठाने पड़ रहे हैं।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  1. इमरान बोलेभारत की शह पर फौज को कमजोर कर रहे हैं नवाज शरीफ; नवाज का जवाबमुल्क में दो सरकारें चल रही हैं

Key points:

  1. नवाज शरीफ और विपक्ष का आरोप है कि इमरान खान सिर्फ फौज के समर्थन की वजह से कुर्सी पर काबिज हुए
  2. इमरान ने कहा- नवाज शरीफ जिस खेल में उलझ गए हैं, वो मुल्क के लिए बेहद खतरनाक साबित हो सकता है
  3. इमरान ने गुरुवार को एक इंटरव्यू में कहा- हमारी सरकार और फौज के बीच मजबूत और बहुत अच्छे रिश्ते हैं। लेकिन, नवाज खतरनाक खेल में फंस गए हैं। वे भारत की मदद और शह लेकर पाकिस्तानी फौज को कमजोर करने की साजिश रच रहे हैं। पहले यही साजिश एमक्यूएम के लीडर अल्ताफ हुसैन ने भी रची थी। फौज से मेरी सरकार के जितने बेहतर रिश्ते हैं, उतने मुल्क के इतिहास में किसी सरकार के नहीं रहे। मैं 100 फीसदी भरोसे और दावे के साथ कह सकता हूं कि नवाज को भारत की मदद मिल रही है।

(Dainik Bhaskar, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  1. India-China Standoff | India deployed supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, Nirbhay and Akash along LAC

Key points:

  1. As stand-off continues, focus is on logistical support as the two militaries prepare for harsh conditions in the remote Himalayan region
  2. Neither side has shown a willingness to withdraw soldiers, even though they realise it will become a ‘war of attrition’, observer says

(Money Control, 2 October 2020) News Link

  1. Putin, Modi agree to meet in India when COVID-19 situation improves

Key points:

  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to meet in India for a summit when the epidemic situation permits, Indian Ambassador to Russia Bala Venkatesh Varma told journalists on Friday.”Our leaders have spoken on the telephone, including President Putin had spoken to Prime Minister Modi on his birthday (September 17 – TASS),” the diplomat said. “And both leaders agreed that they will have the bilateral summit in India as soon as the sanitary situation permits. There is no confirmed date as yet,” he added.

(TASS, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with African countries
    • Top Indian Pharma Firms To Strengthen India-Africa Trade Relationship: Cadila Pharma

Key points:

  1. “Cadila, being a global pharma company from India, is really proud of being one of the earliest players in the African market. Our journey has been an exciting one, thanks to the visionary leadership of our founder Chairman Shri Indravadan Modi, and the current Chairman and Managing Director Dr Rajiv Modi. As an organization, we have always been very appreciative of local cultural sensitivities and the norms which prevails there. We have always believed, the way to grow in any region is to develop the local skills.
  2. “We have been a staunch supporter of developing the capabilities of the African population to make Africa a global standard for pharmaceuticals. Africa is key destination for export of pharmaceuticals from India as almost 20% of our exports go to Africa.”
  3. “Africa has been a supporting partner for the pharma organizations of India since years. A mutually benefiting relationship, Africa provides a conducive environment for the industry while the top pharma companies in India support the healthcare community of Africa. The secret to flourishing India-Africa relationship is a common global outlook and shared aspiration for growth.

(Medical Dialogues, 2 October, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Maldives
  • India To Build Cancer Hospital, 22,000 Capacity Cricket Stadium In Maldives

Key points:

  1. Exim Bank, owned by the Government of India to facilitate foreign trade had pledged $ 800 million to Maldives for developmental projects in March 2019. In September, the Narendra Modi-led government had extended another $250 million loan to the island nation to attenuate the impact of COVID-19.
  2. India will build a 22,000 seater cricket stadium and 100-bedded cancer hospital in Hulhumale in accordance with the fund pledged to the country in 2019. To discuss these projects, Sanjay Sudhir (High Commissioner of India to Maldives) met Mohamed Jaish Ibrahim (Chariman of Maldives’ Housing Development Corporation Ltd) on Tuesday.
  3. The Indian Embassy briefed the masses in the wake of these recent developments too. “A 100-bed state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital will be set up in Hulhumale under the USD 800 million Line of Credit extended to the Maldives.
    (Swarajya, 2 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 7th 2020

  • Relation with Tibet
  • Xi’s new approach to Tibet will affect India

Key points:

  1. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks at the seventh Central Symposium on Tibet Work indicate that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is doubling down on its hardline approach in the region, which evolved gradually after the 2008 protests.
  2. The strategy for the next few years that Xi outlined entails a mix of persuasion, development, connectivity, indoctrination and coercion. This will not only have serious implications for ordinary Tibetans but will also impinge on the Sino-Indian boundary question, particularly in the context of China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh.

 (Hindustan Times, 04 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with Bangladesh

News updates from Hindustan Times: To review bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh to hold virtual meeting and all the latest news

Key points:

  1. News updates from Hindustan Times: To review bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh to hold virtual meeting and all the latest news.
  2. The matter figured in a phone conversation between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen. Jaishankar tweeted the two sides had agreed to hold the JCC meeting “very soon” but there were no details from the external affairs ministry.
  3. “Warm conversation with FM Dr AK Abdul Momen of Bangladesh. Agreed to hold our Joint Consultative Commission very soon. Will continue to work closely to reach the ambitious goals set by our leaders,” Jaishankar tweeted.

 (Hindustan Times, 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with China
  • Public funeral for soldier of secretive force in Leh

Key Points:

  1. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav’s presence at the official funeral of a Tibetan soldier from the secretive Special Frontier Force (SFF) on Monday created a flutter in diplomatic and political circles amid the border standoff with China.
  2. The funeral of SFF company leader Nyima Tenzin, killed in a landmine blast in an operation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during August 29-30, was held at Leh in the union territory of Ladakh. The funeral cortege was joined by scores of cars and motorcycles and people waving the Indian and Tibetan flags.
Image Courtesy: Swarajya

(The Times of India, 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with USA
  • China using Pakistan for military logistics facilities: US Defense report

Key points:

  1. The US Department of Defence in its annual report to Congress on ‘Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2020’ has stated that Pakistan is among the countries, which have been chosen by the Beijing for “military logistics facilities”.
  2. According to the Defence Department’s report published last week, the PRC is seeking to establish a robust overseas logistics and basing infrastructure to allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.

(Hindustan Times , 07 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relations with Russia
  1. Jaishankar set to make stopover in Iran en route to Russia for meeting of SCO foreign ministers.

Key Points:

External affairs minister S Jaishankar will make a stopover in Tehran to meet his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Tuesday afternoon on his way to Russia for a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), people familiar with developments said on Monday.

Jaishankar will be the second senior Indian minister to visit Iran in less than a week, with defense minister Rajnath Singh having made a stopover in Tehran on Sunday for talks with his Iranian counterpart Brig Gen Amir Hatami that focused on bilateral cooperation and regional security issues.

(The Times of India, 07 September, 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat International News Feed: September 5th 2020

  1. India’s security would be maintained in ‘extended neighborhood’ as well: Gen Bipin Rawat

Key points:

  1. In the emerging defense paradigm, India’s security would be maintained not only along the northern and western borders but in the strategic space of the “extended neighborhood” as well, Chief of Defense Staff Gen Bipin Rawat said on Saturday.
  2. He also said that India values its emerging relationship with the US and cherishes its traditional relationship with Russia, adding the country shares a mature and robust defense and security framework with both these powers.
  3. Talking about the regional security paradigm, he touched upon key aspects of India’s security doctrine. In this context, he mentioned International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan as about Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  1. Families allege 5 men kidnapped by China’s PLA from Arunachal, probe underway

Key points:

  1. Arunachal Pradesh police has launched a probe following reports that five people, who had gone hunting in a forest in Upper Subansiri district on the Sino-India border, were allegedly kidnapped by the Chinese military, a senior official said on Saturday, The alleged incident occurred on Friday in Nacho area of the district, their families said. Two others, who were in the group, managed to escape and informed police.
  2. “I have sent the officer-in-charge of the Nacho police station to the area to verify the facts and directed him to report immediately. However, the report will be available only by Sunday morning,” Superintendent of Police Taru Gussar said.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  1. China’s PLA in race to reach the green line in Ladakh

Key points:

  1. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), under commander-in-chief Xi Jinping, defines its Tibet border with Ladakh by a green line that runs over finger 4 relief feature on the north bank of Pangong Tso and nearly claims all the Chushul Valley on the south banks of the salt-water body. This line was defined by the Chinese on the map in 1960 and since then it is the ambition of each ruler of ‘forbidden city’ to reach that objective.
  2. However, due to the Indian Army’s pre-emption on August 29, 30, 31, the PLA’s objective of unilaterally changing the facts on the ground could not be achieved and hence the irritation among the Chinese government against India.
  3. While the leaders of communist China were talking peace and tranquillity to their military and diplomatic counterparts, the PLA was militarily beefing up to reach the green claim line on the southern banks of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29-30.

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  • PLA faces off Indian Army at two points in Chushul, China talks peace

Key points:

  1. The tough meeting between Indian and Chinese defense ministers in Moscow on Friday evening converged on both sides willing to explore the peace option albeit the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has beefed up its positions south of Pangong Tso with its troops facing the Indian Army at two points.
  2. According to diplomats based both in New Delhi and Moscow, Indian defense minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe both held their positions while indicating that both countries were willing to give peace a chance in Ladakh. Singh is en-route to Delhi via Tehran.
  3. However, even as the two senior leaders discussed the issue, the PLA continued to be aggressive mode south of Pangong Tso as it faces Indian Army troopers at the bump feature and at Rechin La in the Chushul Valley. According to senior officials, around 150 PLA troops are deployed at the bump feature with an anti-aircraft gun being moved up the Black Top by the Chinese army on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

(Hindustan times, 05 Sept, 2020)News Link

  • Pro Bharat activity by other countries
    • Tibetan detained for protesting outside Chinese embassy

Key points:

  1. A Tibetan national has been detained by the Delhi Police from outside the Embassy of China in the diplomatic area of Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, where he had come to stage a protest on Saturday morning, officials said. The detained Tibetan citizen has been taken to a nearby police station, where he is being questioned to ascertain why he was protesting outside the embassy, carrying a flag in his hand.
  2. “We have detained the Tibetan national as soon as he reached there. He is being questioned to know the reason behind the protest. We have deployed police personnel outside the Chinese embassy and traffic has also been diverted to ensure nobody else reaches there for demonstration,” said additional deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav.

(Hindustan times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  • Relation with US
  1. Would love to help India, China resolve border dispute, says Trump

Key points:

  1. US President Donald Trump on Friday expressed his readiness once again to “help” India and China resolve their border situation, which he described as “very nasty”, Answering questions at a White House briefing, the president also expressed confidence that Indian Americans will vote for him in the November 3 elections citing the “incredible” turnout at the Howdy Modi event in Houston last September.
  2. India and China are “going at it pretty good on the border, as you know, it’s been very nasty, it’s been a very nasty situation,” the president said at the briefing, segueing into the conflict in response to a question about his campaign’s outreach to Indian American voters spearheaded by his son Donald Trump Jr and his partner Kimberley Guilfoyle.
  3. The American President had extended an offer to mediate the standoff way back in May. “We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute,” he had written in a tweet. Both sides turned him down.

(Hindustan Times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  1. Pak violates ceasefire in Kashmir’s Nowgam sector, one soldier killed

Key points:

  1. An Army soldier was killed and two others got injured during an incident of ceasefire violation in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector on Saturday. Defense spokesman said that Pakistan initiated an unprovoked Ceasefire Violation (CFV) along the Line of Control in Nowgam sector, Baramulla on the morning September 5 by firing Mortars and other weapons.
  2. Officials said that Pakistani troopers used light weapons and mortars. The Indian soldiers deployed on the forward posts also responded to the ceasefire violation.
  3. Nowgam sector falls under the jurisdiction of strategic 19 infantry division.

(Hindustan Times, 05 September, 2020) News Link

  • Kashmir can’t be removed from UN agenda: Pakistan

Key Points:

  1. Pakistan reminded India on Friday that Kashmir cannot be removed from the agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC), which was committed to resolving the issue according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
  2. “Indian representatives are either deluding themselves, or deluding their public, by asserting that they will remove Kashmir from the Security Council’s agenda,” said Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, while commenting on the Indian move. It will not happen he said.
  3. India asked the UN body earlier this week to remove Kashmir from its agenda to prevent Pakistan from raising it at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, which begins in New York later this month.

(Dawn.com, 05 September, 2020) News Link