VIF Information Alerts - 2 August 2019
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US China trade war: Trump hits China with more tariffs, says Xi moving too slow on trade
Published: The Economic Times

02 Aug 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1 and could raise tariffs further if China's President Xi Jinping fails to move more quickly to strike a trade deal. The announcement on Thursday extends Trump's trade tariffs to nearly all China's imports into the United States and marks an abrupt end to a temporary truce in a trade war that has disrupted global supply chains and roiled financial markets.Click here to read...

Donald Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir again: Will intervene if India, Pakistan want
Published: The Indian Express

02 Aug 2019

US President Donald Trump Thursday told reporters that if both India and Pakistan wanted any help or intervention to resolve their differences on the Kashmir issue, he would be happy to step in. Talking to reporters, Trump said, “Both Pakistan Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are fantastic people. I can imagine they can get along very well. If they wanted me to, I will certainly intervene.”
Hours after his remarks, Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, tweeted: “Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.”Click here to read...

Post-Imran Khan visit, US avoids using ''reset'' term for ties with Pak
Published: Outlook

02 Aug 2019

A week after the US visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, senior administration officials here are avoiding the use of term "reset" to describe the new bonhomie in the bilateral ties, noting that the visit demonstrated that the two countries can do more in areas of overlapping interests.
"Reset is a loaded term," a senior State Department official said in response to a question that before the visit, a section of the media reported that they were seeking a reset of the relationship.Click here to read...

India cites 'grave concern' to US over USD 125 million military help to Pak
Published: The Asian Times

02 Aug 2019

India has conveyed its "grave concern" to the US over its decision to provide military assistance to Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue was taken up with the US Ambassador and with the Trump administration in Washington.
Sources said the US envoy was called to South Block and a protest was lodged with him over the US decision to help Pakistan militarily. Last week, the Pentagon notified the US Congress of its decision to approve military sales worth USD 125 million that would result in the monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.Click here to read...

Bombs rattle Bangkok during Asean summit
Published: Bangkok Post

02 Aug 2019

Several bombs exploded in Bangkok on Friday morning, injuring three people, as the city hosted a regional summit also attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A total of six bombs exploded at three locations and one explosive device was recovered before it blew up, a senior police officer told Reuters.Click here to read...

Engagement with ASEAN will remain critical element of India's Act East Policy, says External Affairs
Published: The New Indian Express

01 Aug 2019

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said India sees ASEAN as a region of great importance and that engagement with these countries will continue to remain a critical element in New Delhi's Act East Policy.
"Acting East is now also a means to implement our Indo-Pacific outlook. We want to see a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN playing a central role in the emerging dynamics of Indo-Pacific as it contributes to India's prosperity," Jaishankar said.Click here to read...

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