VIF Information Alerts -12th December 2018
Trump Administration Plans to Increase Pressure on China - Reports

Published: Sputnik International
12 Dec 2018

Washington is reportedly planning a series of actions targeting Chinese trade, cyber and economic policies in order to pressure Beijing to change its practices. The moves reportedly were contemplated for months by a handful of federal agencies, senior administration officials told the New York Times. The sources said that the new measures are expected to be announced as early as this Wednesday amid the growing concern that China will not change its practices of allegedly hacking and setting up trade barriers for American imports.Click here to read..

CPEC and Balochistan
Published: The Dawn
12 Dec 2018

THE cabinet of the provincial government of Balochistan is right to feel outraged at the findings of the Planning and Development Department’s CPEC-related cell, which show that the province has received a miniscule share of the total investment committed under the corridor’s bouquet of projects. And even those projects that were committed have seen no measurable progress over the past five years.Click here to read..

Singapore-Malaysia Maritime Dispute Turns “Volatile” Over Johor Bahru Port

Published: The EurAsian Times
11 Dec 2018

Maritime dispute between Singapore and Malaysia began on October 25, 2018, when Malaysia declared a change to the limits of the Johor Bahru Port. Singapore claimed that the Malaysian government vessels encroached into their territorial waters off Tuas.

The Malaysian government has undertaken to take all effective measures to de-escalate the situation on the ground and handle the situation in a calm and peaceful manner. According to Channel News Asia, Malaysia has proposed a meeting with Singapore in mid-December to discuss the maritime boundary issues between the two countries. While Singapore has welcomed the meeting, it has rejected the cease-and-desist proposal.Click here to read..

Yogi Adityanath to visit Nepal as Oli faces heat over summit

Published: The Indian Express
11 Dec 2018

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit to Nepal this month comes at a time when the country is showing sign of polarisation on religious line with the K P Oli-led Communist government facing the heat for co-hosting the Asia Pacific summit-2018 along with the Unification church last week.

Adityanath is also head priest of Gorakhpur’s Gorakhnath Mutt which has a substantial following in Nepal. Despite objection from a top leader of Nepal’s main opposition party, Adityanath is slated to visit Janakpur, the Ramayan-era capital now in Nepal,as the chief guest during the customary wedding anniversary of Lord Ram and Sita, on December 12.Click here to read..

India's cooperation needed to resolve Afghan conflict, says FM Qureshi

Published: The Dawn
10 Dec 2018

Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, he said Pakistan alone could not bring peace in Afghanistan as it was a "shared responsibility" of regional countries including India, Iran, Tajikistan and China. "Since India is present in Afghanistan, its cooperation in this regard will also be required," said Qureshi.Click here to read..

Govt. to reconsider BBIN

Published: Kuensel
08 Dec 2018

The government will reconsider the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN), which was deferred indefinitely by the previous Parliament. Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji told media persons in Thimphu yesterday that Bhutanese trucks were facing difficulties passing through Bangladesh since the country had not ratified the BBIN agreement.Click here to read..

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