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Britain opens up visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s crackdown on dissent
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Britain opens up visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s crackdown on dissent

Millions of Hong Kong residents will now be able to apply to live and work in the UK when a historic immigration scheme for British National Overseas citizens finally opens its doors on 31 Jan, 2021 i.e Sunday. In response to China’s security crackdown in Hong Kong, Britain has launched its visa scheme inviting many residents of the former colony move to and eventually settle in the UK, reports The Guardian. From around midday on Sunday, those eligible can apply online and book an appointment to register their fingerprints at a visa application centre. Later, some will be able to make the application using a smartphone app. Government estimates show that in all, 2.9 million people and a further 2.3 million dependents would potentially qualify. UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...
19 year old Tibetan Monk dies from injuries inflicted by Chinese police during 14 month detention
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19 year old Tibetan Monk dies from injuries inflicted by Chinese police during 14 month detention

Tenzin Nyima, a 19-year-old monk arrested in 2019, has died from injuries inflicted on him in prison by Chinese police, reports FreeTibet news portal. The information was passed on by a confidential network of contacts to Tibet Watch, Free Tibet’s research partner. Tenzin Nyima (also known as Tamey) was a monk from Dza Wonpo Monastery in Wonpo Township in Kardze, Sershul County. The area is in eastern Tibet, in the Tibetan region of Kham, but governed as part of Sichuan Province. On 7 November 2019, Tenzin Nyima was arrested with four young Tibetan monks from Dza Wonpo Village. The group was holding a peaceful demonstration outside the local police station in which they threw leaflets in the air, calling for Tibet’s independence. FreeTibet reports that after military troops ...
US needs to support Taiwan as a democracy: UN ambassador nominee
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US needs to support Taiwan as a democracy: UN ambassador nominee

Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's pick for ambassador to the UN has said that US needs to support Taiwan as it is a Democracy and "is one of the strongest democracies in the [Asia-Pacific] region". Greenfield said this during her confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Jan 27. Taiwan News reports that Thomas-Greenfield was answering to a question posed by Senator Ron Johnson pressed on her stance on China and what the US relationship with Taiwan should be. Thomas-Greenfield, 69, has worked for the U.S. Foreign Service for 35 years and served as the assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs in the Obama administration. Senator Ron Johnson referred to her controversial speech at Confucius Institute in 2019 in which she claim...
Shinzo Abe honoured with Padma Vibhushan: Here is how India-Japan ties were redefined under him
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Shinzo Abe honoured with Padma Vibhushan: Here is how India-Japan ties were redefined under him

Abe's approach to foreign policy was seen as a radical change in Japanese politics since his first term. Though he continued the policy of his predecessors of improving relations with all countries, Abe took a hard-line stance against North Korea and China.From upgrading Japan-India relationship to initiating the QUAD, Abe has proven to be a friend of India like no other.In order to tackle expansionist threats, Japan and India inked the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) which will give the Indian Navy access to the Japanese military base in Djibouti and the Japanese Navy access to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Under Abe, Japan emerged as an important source of overseas development assistance and foreign investment for India. New Delhi and Tokyo began to work together in A...
China in Myanmar: Kokang, Debt Trap and Economic Corridor
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China in Myanmar: Kokang, Debt Trap and Economic Corridor

Insurgent groups like MNDAA are part of a wider rebel alliance in northern Myanmar which also includes ethnic Palaung, Kachin and Arakanese forces and is supported by the powerful China-backed United Wa State Army. Top Kokang leadership went to China, where they received training and promises of support to run the nationalist Chinese Kuomintang KMT out of Myanmar.Myanmar has pointed fingers at Beijing for arming insurgent groups with sophisticated weapons and sought international cooperation to suppress rebel groups.When the Myanmar military busted a huge cache of weapons including surface-to-air missiles from the insurgents, most were Chinese weapons There has been a view in Naypyitaw that China was using its influence with the terror groups as a bargaining chip for smooth ...
Chinese military planes intrude into Taiwan forcing it to deploy air defense missile systems
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Chinese military planes intrude into Taiwan forcing it to deploy air defense missile systems

Reports from Taiwan say that 15 Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday Jan 24. The latest intrusion by Chinese aircrafts make it the 20th intrusion this month. A report in Taiwan News says that Two People’s Liberation Army Air Force Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare planes, two SU-30 fighter jets, four J-16 fighter planes, six J-10 jet fighters, and one Shaanxi Y-8 reconnaissance plane conducted sorties in the southwest corner of Taiwan’s airspace, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). In response, the Taiwan military scrambled fighter jets, broadcast radio warnings, and deployed air defense missile systems to track the Chinese planes. 15 military planes was also the highest number of planes spotted on a single...
Resolution to safeguard religious sites can not be smokescreen for countries like Pakistan to hide behind: India at UNGA
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Resolution to safeguard religious sites can not be smokescreen for countries like Pakistan to hide behind: India at UNGA

India denounced Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) over its systematic failure to stop attacks on Hindu temples and religious minorities while being the co-sponsors of the resolution  on Promoting a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites at the world body. TS Tirumurti, the Indian ambassador to the United Nations in his address said that "It is a matter of great irony that the country where the most recent attack and demolition of a Hindu temple took place in a series of such attacks and where the rights of minorities are being emasculated is one of the co-sponsors of the resolution under the agenda item "Culture of Peace". His charge at Pakistan came as the United Nations General Assembly discussed and adopted the 'Resolution on Promot...
Beijing lockdown uncovers the severity of recent surge of COVID-19 infections in China
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Beijing lockdown uncovers the severity of recent surge of COVID-19 infections in China

Police cordon off an area around a residential neighbourhood in Shanghai's Huangpu district on January 21, 2021, after new coronavirus cases were detected in the area near (Photo by STR / AFP) A countrywide COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the shut down of at least 11 regions as of January 22.China has officially claimed only a few cases but the extensive lockdown measures in several cities and far away villages uncovers the true extent of the latest surgeAs per the new quarantine rules, people within China who live in areas designated as medium or high risk for contracting the virus are not allowed to enter Beijing.CCP authorities relocated about 20,000 people in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province, to other areas for quarantine several days ago.In order to prevent the sprea...
China announces sanctions on 28 Trump Administration officials
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China announces sanctions on 28 Trump Administration officials

In an apparent move to hit back at the US, the he Chinese government has announced that it has decided to sanction 28 American officials of the Trump Administration for violating Beijing’s sovereignty. The sanctioned officials include Robert C O’Brien, former National Security Advisor, former State Secretary Michael Pompeo, former Trump advisor John R Bolton as well as the former White House chief strategist. It can be recalled that just yesterday Pompeo had called out China for genocide of Uyghurs in Xinjiang on the last day of the Trump Administration. Consequently, China’s decision came moments after Joe Biden took oath as the 46th President of the United States. Incidentally, Biden has spoken many times about a reconciliatory approach towards all countries which were ta...
India’s vaccine diplomacy – What is Vaccine Maitri and how are countries benefiting from it?
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India’s vaccine diplomacy – What is Vaccine Maitri and how are countries benefiting from it?

On January 16, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive. This was the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country. Putting the unprecedented scale of the vaccination drive in perspective, PM Modi had informed that 3 crore people, which is more than the population of at least 100 countries of the world, will be vaccinated in the first round itself. This scale of vaccination campaign has never been attempted in history and this shows India’s capability, said PM Modi. Neighbourhood First As part of its neighbourhood first policy, PM Modi's government has now extended the unprecedented vaccine drive to cover the immediate neighbourhood countries. The vaccine drive to neighbourho...