Friday, July 17, 2020

India, US likely to partner on 5G: USIBC President

US India Business Council (USIBC) President Nisha Biswal (file photo)

Washington (Reena Bhardwaj/ANI): India and the US are likely to partner on 5G network, US India Business Council (USIBC) President Nisha Biswal said on Thursday, adding that the technology sector is a "very important area" of collaboration between our two countries.

In an interview with ANI, Biswal said expects that digital commerce and all areas of the technology collaboration are going to continue to grow.

"I do think that the technology sector is a very important area of collaboration between our two countries. We have a very trusted relationship, and we have a very large digitally savvy population in both countries," she said.

"So I do expect that digital commerce and all areas of technology collaboration are going to continue to grow. I also think that the US and India will partner on 5G and creating a kind of digital infrastructure of the future. And this will continue to be an area of growing importance," she added.

Biswal said that the US and India economic partnership has been one that has been growing in importance for both countries. "US India economic partnership has been one that has been growing in importance for both countries. We have seen that the pandemic has created enormous disruption on global supply chains including in the pharmaceutical sector and the US India partnership is one of the trusted partners. So as we look at the research and collaboration that`s going on around the vaccine around treatment options," she said.

The India Ideas Summit organised by the USIBC scheduled on July 21-22 will see discussions on a wide range of topics including the impact of coronavirus on global supply chain and healthcare collaboration between the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the upcoming Summit, which has assembled a high-powered line-up of US-India corridor leaders from across the business, government and society.

Trump administration may ban US entry for Chinese Communist Party members

American President Donald Trump.

Moscow [Russia], July 16 (Sputnik/ANI): Banning entry to the United States for members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families, over the controversial national security law for Hong Kong, is under consideration by US administration, media has reported citing informed sources.
According to The New York Times, the project, which is currently under discussion, may also allow the US government to annul visas of Chinese Communist Party members who are currently in the country, as well as their families, which will entail their expulsion.

There are also proposals being made to limit travel to the United States for Chinese military and executives at state-owned enterprises. Sources note that the details of the plan have not yet been finalized, and Trump may reject it.

Trump announced on Tuesday that he had signed legislation and an Executive Order punishing China for the encroachment on Hong Kong autonomy. He told reporters that he signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which passed unanimously through Congress, and gave him the tools to hold those accountable who suppress freedom. The Executive Order signed by the president ends US preferential treatment for Hong Kong and will ensure it is treated the same as mainland China.

Washington's move comes in the wake of Beijing's recently approved security law, which outlaws separatist, subversive and terrorist activities in Hong Kong. On June 30, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed it into effect.

The legislation has been condemned by the Hong Kong opposition, as well as Western officials, who claim it would undermine the city's autonomy guaranteed during its transition from the United Kingdom to China. The new law has been met by a wave of protests in the city, as some residents fear their rights may be infringed upon.

Both Hong Kong's leadership and the central government in Beijing say the law would not affect residents' rights. Beijing maintains that the recent unrest in Hong Kong is a result of foreign interference and vows to respect the "one country, two systems" principle. (Sputnik/ANI)

China reaffirms support for for JCPOA

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Tehran [Iran], July 17 (ANI): On the fifth anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), China reaffirmed its commitment to the JCPOA.

"Marking the 5th anniv of the conclusion of #JCPOA, China will, no matter how int'l situation evolves, stand on the right side of history & resolutely support JCPOA in a concerted effort w/ other parties to advance the political & diplomatic resolution of Iranian nuclear issue," wrote the Chinese diplomatic mission on its Twitter account, according to an IRNA report.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying had described Iran as a friendly country, saying that China attaches importance to deepening relations with Iran.

"Iran is a friendly nation enjoying normal exchange and cooperation with China," she said.

Meanwhile, the European Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell highlighted the fact that the Iran nuclear deal is under pressure, and added that there is urgent need to preserve it.

"Today, the JCPOA is under great pressure on multiple fronts. I am convinced that action to preserve it is not just necessary but urgent, for at least two reasons. First, it took more than 12 years for the international community and Iran to bridge their differences and conclude a deal. If the JCPOA is lost, no other comprehensive or effective alternative will be waiting around the corner," said Borell.

The JCPOA was signed in July 2015 between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The Trump administration pulled the US out of the deal in 2018, a move that has left the exact future of the JCPOA, in ambiguity. (ANI)

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