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Council of Europe Ready to Lift Sanctions from Russia

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The Council of Europe (CoE) fears that Russia will decide to withdraw from its membership, so they are considering lifting the sanctions imposed in connection with the conflict in Ukraine in 2014. This was reported by the Financial Times with reference to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland.

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“This has negative consequences for Europe, as we will get Europe without Russia. This will be a big step backwards, “Jagland said. However, he denied allegations that Russian officials threatened to exit the organization. According to Jagland, Moscow’s refusal to pay contributions to the Council of Europe budget could lead to Russia leaving the organization voluntarily or at the initiative of other countries. “As far as I understand, this can happen,” he said.

“No one wants to give a signal that we are accepting the annexation of the Crimea. We are not talking about undermining this principled position, “Jagland noted. “But we must soberly assess what our mandate is.” We have a mandate to protect human rights in Russia and the Crimea, as well as everywhere where people live on the continent. “

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As reported by media sources in April 2014 the Russian delegation to PACE was deprived of its basic powers due to the events in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with the Russian Federation. In 2015, PACE twice considered the question of restoring the Russian delegation to its rights, but the sanctions remained in force: Russia is deprived of the right to vote, as well as participation in the work of the PACE governing bodies. In response, the Russian Federation stated that it was suspending its participation in the PACE until the end of 2015; In January 2016, she refused to apply for confirmation of authority.

At the end of June, Russia suspended payment of its contribution to the Council of Europe budget for 2017 due to the non-participation of its delegation in the work of the PACE.

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Chinese Apps Banned In India: Chinese Media Express Shock Over Blocking Of Apps By Indian Government

The Indian government has banned a total of 59 Chinese apps including the teen favourite TicTok. India’s IT ministry has announced the banning of 59 Chinese apps that include giants names like TicTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Likee, WeChat, and Bigo Live.

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The biggest news trending is that Chinese Apps have been banned in India. The Chinese apps have been blocked by the Indian government after the deadly clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the contested border which left 20 Indian soldiers dead. 

The Indian government has banned a total of 59 Chinese apps including the teen favourite TicTok. India’s IT ministry has announced the banning of 59 Chinese apps that include giants names like TicTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Likee, WeChat, and Bigo Live.

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The Indian ministry called the Chinese-owned applications as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.” The Indian Cyber Crime Coordinate Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these “malicious apps”.

The ministry said that it has “received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”

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“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” it continued.

Chinese state media – the Global Times wrote – #Breaking: Amid tensions with #China over border issues, #India has banned 59 Chinese apps including #TikTok, UC Browser, claiming they are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

Banned to be used both on mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices, the apps have become a household name in India. Aakriti Juyal, a content creator on TicTok which has about 119 million active users in India tells EurAsian Times that “This is absolutely against individuals like us who solely depend on these apps. The government must look for better solutions for the issue.”

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The move comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has given a “befitting response” to China. He also spoke of the countrywide call for the boycott of Chinese goods, juxtaposing it against the government’s “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” campaign. “We will buy local and be vocal for local and this will help India become stronger,” he said.

The move by the Indian government comes weeks after the deathly clash between Indian and Chinese troops at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. The brawl that killed 20 Indian soldiers and injured more than 70 had led to anti-China sentiments in the country.

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The Indian countrymen stood up in nationalistic fervour against China by launching a campaign to boycott Chinese products. Indian netizens trended hashtags like #HindiCheeniByeBye, #MadeInIndia and #BharatVsChina on Twitter and made repetitive calls for the absolute boycott of Chinese goods and rather opt for domestic brands.

Previously, China has warned India of repercussions in business and has threatened the possibility of being replaced by other Southeast Asian markets “if the boiling nationalist sentiment continues unchecked in India”.

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Here is the full list of Chinese apps that have been banned in India

1. TikTok
2. Shareit
3. Kwai
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
6. Shein
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
9. Helo
10. Likee
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browers
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
16. ROMWE
17. Club Factory
18. Newsdog
19. Beutry Plus
20. WeChat
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
23. Weibo
24. Xender
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi
32. WeSync
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc
35. Meitu
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault- Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate
52. Vmate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy

Earlier, Chinese state media had stated – cutting economic ties with China is not easy. And, Chinese enterprises that have investments in or intend to explore the Indian market should be very cautious of erratic nationalism, and carry out a comprehensive assessment before putting their investments in the country. The same scenario also applies to foreign investments from other countries or regions if they cannot guarantee a permanent amicable relationship with India.

Under such circumstances, bilateral trade between China and India is likely to drop one third on a yearly basis in 2020, and could even dive by 50 percent.

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China and India have developed close economic ties in the past years, with both sides maintaining comparative advantages in certain sectors like auto manufacturing, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Highly dependent on Chinese supplies, many Indian industries cannot afford an irrational boycott of Chinese components. It would take India years of huge efforts to find a substitute, either by shoring up its own industries or luring investment from other countries.

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US Strikes A Deal With Indonesia To Relocate Its Companies From China?

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Indonesia has gained from the US-China trade war that has been continuing since last year and dangerously aggravated in the last few months with US President Donald Trump issuing threats to cut “all ties” with China. 

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At a time when the global economy is seeing its darkest hours, the bilateral ties between the two biggest global economic leaders have worsened especially after the outbreak of COVOD-19.

Due to the mounting pressure of the trade war, major companies are relocating from China to other South Asian nations. Indonesia is in talks with the US over possible relocation of such companies.

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“It is clearing up 4,000 hectares of land in Central Java to accommodate US companies planning to relocate from China in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and an escalating trade war,” a top official said.

“President Jokowi spoke with President Trump. Because he is fighting with China, he wants to relocate his industry (in China), I was asked by the president to speak later with President Trump’s aides,” said Luhut Panjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment.

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Even though Indonesia ranks higher than rival Vietnam in the United Nation’s Competitive Industrial Performance Index, however, the Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia is low, with just 1.8% of the country’s gross domestic product in 2018.

Indonesia is facing competition from Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia. “Businesses are moving out of China, but are not coming to Indonesia because Indonesia’s neighbours are more welcoming,” said the World Bank.

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Out of the 33 companies that relocated from China last year till October, 23 moved to Vietnam while the rest relocated to Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

“In Vietnam, the government can provide you with the land and guarantee a lot of things to be expedited,” said Yulius Yulius, managing director and senior partner at Boston Consulting Group’s Jakarta office. US tech giants Microsoft and Google have decided to relocate production from China to Vietnam and Thailand.

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With the number of Covid-19 cases spurring, Indonesia saw 25,773 confirmed cases from 9,771 in the month of May, while Vietnam saw a small rise to 328 cases from 270 over the same period with no deaths reported from Coronavirus.

“At the end of the day, if infections are happening in the factory… that will have a big impact. [Countries] need to also communicate and have a plan on how to deal not only with the current situation but how to prepare for a potential next wave or the next type of virus that will happen,” Yulius said.

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He further added that the pandemic is likely to have investors examining the government’s readiness and response when assessing relocation options.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had proposed a change to the country’s rigid labour laws but the outbreak of the Covid-19 had put the deliberations in the parliament to rest.

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“The president’s vision of improving human capital and simplifying permits and regulation must be realized, [and be] more than just a plan and promises,” said Sanny Iskandar, chairman of the Indonesia Industrial Estate Association. “The promised economic reform packages ended up unclear, and that’s disappointing to the investors as well as businessmen,” he added.

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‘Boycott Chinese Products : A Trending Campaign But Bound To Fail In India – Experts

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In response to the ‘Boycott Chinese products’ which has seen a lot of traction in the last couple of days, Chinese experts have said it’s quite difficult for Indians to boycott Chinese products that are of high quality.

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“The border tensions between China and India are not serious at all and both governments are taking a cautious attitude, but Indian media and nationalist figures tend to spread disinformation that is aimed at slandering China,” said Zhao Gancheng, a research fellow at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.

Multiple people and organisations have called for a complete boycott of Chinese products in response to the Chinese aggression on the Ladakh border in the past few weeks.

Sonam Wangchuk, an Indian engineer, innovator and education reformist who became popular after the release of the movie 3 Idiots, where Aamir Khan’s character was inspired by him. Wangchuk urged citizens to give up all Chinese products. “Give up all Chinese software in a week, all Chinese hardware in a year,” Wangchuk said in the recent video.

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Meanwhile, the apex trade body, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), representing 7 crore traders and 40,000 trade associations, launched a national campaign to boycott all the Chinese products from June 10.

“To achieve this goal, CAIT has prepared a comprehensive list of about 3000 products imported from China for which Indian substitutes and alternatives are easily available and customers of India will also not mind because all those things are already made in India,” said the CAIT secretary-general, Praveen Khandelwal and National President, B.C. Bhartia.

As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, the “Remove China Apps” was pulled down by Google Play Store, two weeks after its launch. The app enabled users to detect where any apps on their phones were from and delete them if desired, according to its developer.

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The hashtag #BoycottChineseProducts was trending on Twitter, with many Indians pledging to stop using Chinese products.

Chinese analysts Ma Jingjing and Shen Weiduo wrote in the Chinese state mouthpiece, Global Times (GT), that Indians can hardly resist buying Chinese quality goods.

“This is not the first time some Indians had threatened to boycott Chinese products. The threats are heard whenever China-India relations fluctuate,” said Lou Chunhao, deputy director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

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It also said that the rise of anti-China sentiment in India is due to Indian nationalists’ attempt to deliberately smear and defame China. Chinese analysts observed that calls to boycott Chinese products are likely to fail as these items, which have become pervasive in Indian daily life, are difficult to replace.

“Although the Modi government aims to boost India’s manufacturing sector, it accounts for only 16 percent of India’s GDP now,” said Lou, adding that India’s demand for Chinese products will be there and won’t go away.

“The boycott China call is a popular sentiment among the people of India. It’s not that the government has made any announcement regarding this. People today genuinely feel they should boycott products that are made in China. There is anger towards China,” said Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary.

The article in GT also mentions that Chinese experts warned that the “remove made-in-China products campaign” will add more burdens for local Indian people as cost-efficient Chinese products are better market choices.

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