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India and China walk back from border standoff
China and India said on Friday they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore "peace and tranquility" following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.
India and China are once again trying to diffuse the tense military standoff on their mutual border, with Russia as a mediator.
Top diplomats from India and China met in Moscow on Friday (September 11), and said that they'd agreed to disengage their forces in the Himalayas and de-escalate.
20 Indian troops were killed in a clash in June there and the most recent incident came this week when both countries accused each other of firing into the air, violating a long-held protocol not to use firearms in the area.
China's foreign ministry said in a statement that its State Councillor, Wang Yi told India's Foreign Minister S.
Jaishankar, quote, the "imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides." He also said all personnel and equipment that have trespassed at the border must be moved to de-escalate the situation.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both countries made a useful decision.
The Moscow meeting is the latest diplomatic effort to head off a broader conflict between the world's two most populous countries, which went to war in 1962.
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United States of America's Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a conversation at Atlantic Council called India a capable country of talented people. Mark Esper said, "It's the world's largest democracy. A very capable country, very talented people. And they face off every day, Chinese aggression in the Himalayas, specifically along that Line of Actual Control." Esper on his upcoming visit to India said, "Secretary Pompeo and I would be there (India) next week, it's our second 2+2 (ministerial) with Indians and third ever for India and US. India will well be most consequential partner for us, I think, in Indo-Pacific for sure, in the century."
Nepal has attained three grim milestones in the first 10 days of October as the COVID-19 situation in the country has worsened. On October 4, Nepal surpassed China in terms of COVID-19 cases; on October 9, the Himalayan Nation crossed the milestone cases of 1 lakh and on 10th, it logged all-time-high single-day rise of COVID-19 cases with 5,008 new cases. Buffered in between China and India, the Himalaya nation with a population of about 30 million has registered a record number of cases every day. On October 7, a total of 3,439 cases were registered which was an all-time-high. The record has been shattered in less than three days as on Saturday, the country recorded 5,008 new cases. Kathmandu Valley on Saturday recorded a total of 53.35 percent of those numbers confirmed in the last 24 hours. As per the numbers, one out of four samples tested for COVID-19 in Nepal are now turning out to be positive. By the end of the first week of October, Nepal has recorded a total of 105,684 cases of COVID-19 with 74,252 and 614 deaths. With the rise in cases, the recovery rate of the Himalayan Nation on Saturday dipped to 70.20 percent from 72.3 percent.
Air quality of national capital is again a cause of concern as winter approaches. On October 11, AQI near Akshardham temple area in New Delhi showed PM 2.5 at 124 and PM 10 at 137, unhealthy. Double whammy for Delhiites with deteriorating air quality. "Responsibility is ours, I have seen in news that in lockdown times one can see Himalayas from Punjab, now one can't even see Qutub Minar in Delhi due to smog, we need to follow pollution prevention rules to avoid the situation," said a local. Stubble burning in neighbouring states is likely to pollute air in national capital further.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to meet his Chinese counterpart in Moscow on Friday evening. The meeting has been sought by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghi amid border tensions. The meeting will be held on sidelines of 3-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. Rajnath Singh and Wei Fenghi are currently in Moscow to attend the SCO meet. This is the first major political contact between India and China since Ladakh clash in May 2020. Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh met his Russian counterpart General Sergey Shoigu. The duo talked about strengthening defence, strategic cooperation between the two sides. Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to Russia to attend combined meeting of Defence Ministers of SCO. External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is also likely to meet his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10. Rajnath Singh's meeting with Wei Fenghi comes at a time when PLA and Indian Army are locked in a tense posture in Ladakh. India urged China to engage with it to restore peace in border areas through de-escalation. India recently took control of strategic height near Pangong lake's southern bank. It thwarted an attempt by Chinese army to transgress into Indian areas.
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As tension between India and China persists along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, top members of the Donald Trump administration arrived in India for the high-level 2+2 dialogue. US Secretaries of State and Defence, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper, reached Delhi on October 26, 2020. The 2+2 talks have been scheduled between Pompeo, Esper and their Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, on October 27. After his arrival, Esper was accorded Guard of Honour at South Block before he held a meeting with Singh. Chiefs of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, were present at the meeting. Ahead of his trip, Pompeo had alluded to the China agenda on the table. Watch the full video for more.
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During a webinar, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the year 2008 was a turning point in modern era marked by the global financial crisis and the rise of China, India and ASEAN, which led to economic rebalancing. “This process took an even sharper turn in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which accelerated trendlines and led to greater multi-polarity,” he said. Jaishankar added that it is also in India’s strategic interest to facilitate and partner in the rise of Africa, He said, “India’s ability to “step up and assume global responsibility to do good” is a very important part of the country’s rise. If Africa becomes one of the poles of the global polity, it is better for us.” Watch the full video for more.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the turning point for the world we have entered was 2008, with global financial crisis, and rise of China and India, we entered a world of visible economic rebalancing. EAM's expressed his views via video conferencing at Symbiosis Literature Fest 2020 on October 17.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed 'shastra puja' or customary worship of weapons, at Sukna War Memorial in West Bengal. He also paid tribute to martyrs and laid a wreath at the memorial. Singh..
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