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South Asia

Iran urges Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights COVID-19
South Asia

Iran urges Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights COVID-19

  • Tehran also said it had approved Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for domestic use, and that it was trying to buy vaccines from AstraZeneca and other companies.
  • He also threatened that Iran would block short-notice inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the United Nations atomic agency if Washington did not lift sanctions.
Published 26 Jan, 2021 07:55pm
India makes ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps permanent
China

India makes ban on TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps permanent

  • India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued fresh notices to make permanent a ban imposed on TikTok and 58 other Chinese applications.
  • The Ministry, in its decision in June, stated that these applications were "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Updated 26 Jan, 2021 12:24pm
China's Xi calls for greater role for G20 in economic governance
South Asia

China's Xi calls for greater role for G20 in economic governance

  • Xi, making his first appearance at the forum since his vigorous defence of free trade and globalisation in an address in Davos in 2017.
  • We should build an open world economy ... discard discriminatory and exclusionary standards, rules and systems, and take down barriers to trade, investment and technological exchanges.
Published 25 Jan, 2021 08:29pm
Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal
South Asia

Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal

  • The United States will review the peace agreement reached with the Taliban, according to an announcement from the White House.
  • Washington wants to check that the Taliban is “living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders”.
Updated 23 Jan, 2021 08:25pm
Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force
South Asia

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force

  • The presence of so many Chinese combat aircraft on this mission - Taiwan said it was made up of eight nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets - is unusual.
  • Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued and air defence missile systems deployed to monitor the activity.
Published 23 Jan, 2021 05:50pm