Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicSouth China Sea

Topic: South China Sea

How Netflix got caught in the South China Sea dispute

Last year, Netflix had to remove two episodes from Australian spy drama series ‘Pine Gap’ following complaints from the Philippines and Vietnam.

China says troop withdrawal from Afghanistan show US’ definition of rules-based order

Chinese foreign ministry's response came after US Vice President accused China of continuing coercion & claiming the majority of South China Sea, undermining the rules-based order.

Chinese counterpart listening, Rajnath calls for freedom of navigation in South China Sea

Rajnath Singh was speaking at the virtual ASEAN Plus Defence Ministers' Meet, where US Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin was also present.

China does not want war. It’s playing the long game

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. And China’s actions so far have avoided crossing the threshold of open warfare.

‘Blatant falsehoods’: Philippines hits out at China over its remarks on vessels in Whitsun Reef

Manila and Beijing have been engaged in a verbal tussle since last month, when more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels were sighted near Whitsun Reef.

Indian Ocean a shared asset, nations must synergise efforts to ensure safety, says Rajnath

Noting that one's threat today could be another's tomorrow, Defence Minsiter Rajnath Singh called on countries in the Indian Ocean region to improve trade & naval cooperation.

India, Vietnam to conduct 2-day naval exercise in South China Sea

INS Kiltan has been sent to the country to deliver relief material for flood-affected people in central Vietnam and it will participate in the exercise from 26 to 27 December.

South China Sea, defence cooperation — What India, Vietnam discussed at virtual summit

PM Modi said Vietnam is a key partner in the Indo-Pacific initiative, and cooperation can make an important contribution in maintaining peace in the region.

Rajnath Singh assures ‘friend’ Vietnam of help modernising its armed forces

India has been in talks with Vietnam, which has maritime border issues with China in the South China Sea, over Hanoi’s interest in acquiring supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.

Jaishankar to visit Japan in October, participate in Quad meeting amid China tensions

During the visit on 6-7 October, Jaishankar will also be meeting his US, Australian & Japanese counterparts — Mike Pompeo, Marise Payne and Motegi Toshimitsu — separately.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.

India adds to billionaires’ list, even as Covid worsens poverty in country, says Oxfam report

According to the global Oxfam Davos report of 2022, India added 40 billionaires to 142 last year during Covid crisis, whose combined fortune is more than the poorest of the population.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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