- Donald Trump bans entry of certain groups of Chinese students to US
US President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation banning the entry of Chinese students and researchers having ties with the People’s Liberation Army to dismantle China’s efforts to use graduate students to acquire intellectual property and technology from America. Trump alleged that China uses some Chinese students, mostly postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, to operate as non-traditional collectors of intellectual property. Therefore, Chinese postgraduate students or researchers who are or have been associated with the PLA are at high risk of being exploited or co-opted by the Chinese authorities and provide particular cause for concern. China on Friday had termed Trump’s threat to slap sanctions on its students in America as racist.
- Modi 2.0: PM lists Art 370 abrogation, CAA, Ram temple settlement among key achievements of 2nd term
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday listed abrogation of Article 370, settlement of the Ram Temple issue, criminalisation of Triple Talaq and the amendment to the Citizenship Act among the key achievements during his second term, asserting that his government’s decisions in the last one year were aimed at fulfilling the dream of making India a global leader. “Article 370 (abrogation) furthered the spirit of national unity and integration,” he said of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of the state into Union Territories in August last year.
- India will wait for bilateral solution with China: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Secretary of State Mark Esper
India is hopeful of a resolution to the ongoing tussle with China in Ladakh through established bilateral mechanisms, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed his American counterpart, Secretary for Defence Mark Esper on Friday. In addition, the Defence Minister is also believed to have clarified that sometimes these discussions take time but India is patient and hopeful of a resolution through established channels. US President Donald Trump on Thursday claimed to have spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Indo-China standoff in Ladakh. PM Modi has “not been in a good mood”, US President Donald Trump had told media outlets. However, the Ministry of External Affairs has denied any such discussions.