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Nepal starts inoculating essential workers with Chinese vaccines

Nepal on Wednesday started inoculating essential workers using the Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, reported the Kathmandu Post

11th India-China military level talks on LAC likely on April 9

The 11th round of India-China military-level talks will take place on April 9 in which issues like friction at Gogra-Hot Springs, restoring the pre-April 2020 status quo ante, long-standing patrolling issues at Depsang Bulge due to friction in the area during the 2013 stand-off with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are likely to be discussed, a Hindustan Times report said referring sources

Pakistan considers granting two-year visa extension to Chinese nationals

The Pakistani government is considering the possibility of granting a two-year visa extension to Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country, reported the Express Tribune

Use of Chinese vaccines in Sri Lanka questioned

Opposition parties in Sri Lanka have questioned the manner in which the Sri Lankan government has approved the use of the Chinese vaccines in the island nation, reported Colombopage

India seeks military disengagement at all friction points in eastern Ladakh with China for ties' improvement

India called on China to withdraw troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and asserted that the disengagement alone will ease tension in the border areas

Sri Lanka to receive Chinese Sinopharm vaccine on 31 March

Sri Lanka is likely to get 600,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China on 31 March, reported Daily Mirror

Quad ‘democracies’ will hold Chinese ‘autocracy’ accountable for its actions: Biden

The Quad summit “got the Chinese attention” on their seriousness in holding Beijing accountable for its actions in the Indo-Pacific region, according to US President Joe Biden

Myanmar turmoil no hurdle for India in completing strategic Kaladan project

India has expedited work on its ambitious road infrastructure project -- Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project -- that opens a gateway to Southeast Asian countries in an attempt to counter the growing influence of China in the region

India's China policy needs change; build alliances, leverage democracy, suggests think tank

India's stance on China has to irreversibly change in the light of the recent developments, both bilateral and global

Sri Lanka signs $1.5 billion currency swap deal with China

In what seems a temporary respite for Sri Lanka’s dwindling forex reserve, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has signed a $1.5 billion currency swap agreement with China, reported Colombopage

Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka to get priority vaccination

Authorities in Sri Lanka will administer the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines first to Chinese nationals living in the country

US, India to expand defence and security cooperation - with China in mind

As part of expanding global security cooperation between the world's oldest and largest democracies, India will intensify military cooperation with the US Central Command in Florida and with the US Commands in the Indo-Pacific region and Africa

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Delhi to discuss ‘pressing’ Indo-Pacific 'challenges'

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived here on Friday for discussions on cooperating to face “most pressing challenges” in the Indo-Pacific, an euphemism for China’a maritime muscle-flexing in the region

UK PM Johnson to visit India, discuss China threat

Calling the Indo-Pacific "increasingly the geopolitical centre of the world",  United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India in April to ostensibly create a democratic counterweight to China

China says Quad reflects 'ideological bias'

China has accused the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD), a four-nation grouping comprising Australia, India, United States and Japan, of "ideological bias and cold war mentality" and described it as a clique based on an ideology that is "detrimental to the border"

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