Indo – China Relations
Mahabalipuram Summit 2019 Major Takeaways:
- To celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations the two countries will organise 70 activities including a conference on a ship voyage that will trace the historical connection between the two civilisations.
- A high- level economic and trade dialogue mechanism will be established with the objective of achieving enhanced trade and commercial relations.
- Mutual investments in identified sectors will be encouraged through the development of a manufacturing partnership.
- Sister- state relations will be established between Tamil Nadu and Fujian Province.
- The 'Chennai connect' sets the tone for future discussions. Here, the two leaders agreed to set up a new mechanism to have better cooperation in trade and defence.
- 21st round of the border talks: The 21st round of the border talks led by the Special Representatives — India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi — were held at Chengdu in China.
- During the 21st round of talks, both sides resolved to “intensify” and “advance” the dialogue for an early settlement of the dispute, according to the official statements issued by both sides after the talks. The two officials also underscored the need for maintaining peace along the border.
- Actual Control (LAC): There were 1,025 transgressions by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the past three years.
- South China Sea: Start of negotiations between the Association of South East Asians Nations (Asean) and China for a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea (SCS)
- China leases an entire Pacific island for 75 years: The island of Tulagi served as a South Pacific headquarters for Britain and then Japan. During Second World War, its natural deepwater harbour across from Guadalcanal made it a military gem soldiers fought and died for.
- Now Tulagi, part of the Solomon Islands, is about to move into Chinese hands.
- Indo-Chinese educational tie-ups: Indian educational institutions that plan to collaborate with Chinese counterparts must now get clearance from the Ministries of Home and External Affairs before signing any agreements or undertaking student and faculty exchange programmes. The new guidelines would also apply to existing tie-ups, the University Grants Commission made clear this week.
- Siberia pipeline: Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday remotely inaugurated the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline — a massive cross-border undertaking not only central to China’s energy security but also for bolstering special ties between Beijing and Moscow. The 30-year project is anchored by a $400 billion gas deal.