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10th July - 13th July
  • Iran slams India for not fulfilling making promised investments in Chabahar port. (Asian Age: 11.7.2018)
  • Delhi getting buried in garbage, Mumbai sinking but govt doing nothing: SC
    The bench also slapped a fine of Rs two lakh each on "remaining defaulting states/UTs" whose lawyers were also not present in the courtroom during the hearing, without naming these states. (the Indian Express, 10 July, 2018)
  • UK-Ireland style open border best solution for Kashmir, says former CM Farooq Abdullah. (Hindustan Times 13.7.2018)
3rd July- 10 July
  • India, China to hold maritime dialogue
    In a move that indicates a growing thaw in military-level ties between India and China the two nations will conduct a bilateral maritime dialogue and Chinese Defence Minister Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe is expected to visit New Delhi.
  • Already a 10-member Chinese delegation, including eight from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is on four-day visit to India. This includes a meeting with the Army’s Sukna-based 33 Corps that looks after Sikkim, the site of the Doklam stand-off last year.
  • The maritime dialogue would be at the Joint Secretary-level, sources confirmed; the last one was in 2016. This one comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a keynote address on June 1 at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. Modi’s speech had asked countries to follow ‘rules-based’ order and India’s stand of cooperating with the US on the ‘Indo-Pacific’ was considered a counter to China’s growing aggressiveness in that region.
  • On China’s position in the Indo-Pacific waters and the contested South China Sea, a source said, “We have never been critical. We have only asked for a rules-based order.”
  • In the recent past, separate bilateral maritime dialogues have already taken place with France and Indonesia. Sources said that besides China, India would be conducting a similar dialogue with Russia. (Tribune, 5 July, 2018)
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