International news in short, China becomes top trading partner of India

Feb 24, 2021 9:38 | Poltics


 1. *China has again become India’s top trading partner in the year 2020.* The reason was that India was still dependent on the import of heavy machines, telecom equipment and home appliances from China. The provisional data from the trade between both the countries in the year 2020 stood at $77.7 billion.  
2.  *India critical to US strategy in Indo-Pacific region, say experts* : As the Biden administration shapes its foreign and national security policy, a panel of experts and former diplomats have said that India is critical to the US' strategy in the Indo-Pacific as the two countries share a common strategic vision for it to be free and open, amidst China flexing its muscles in the region.

3. *China expressed its support for India on February 22, 2021, in hosting BRICS Summit this year.* The Chinese official stated that the country will work with India for strengthening the cooperation between the 5-members grouping of emerging economies.

4. *Countering China in IOR, Indian Navy Conducts Largest War Games With a focus to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)* , the Indian Navy has conducted over a month-long drill, its largest military exercise ever – the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX-21) – in Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

5. *Turkish shipbuilding firm Anadolu Shipyard will assist Visakhapatnam-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) with transfer of technology to build five mammoth fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy.*

6. *India and Mauritius sign Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement* . CECPA provides for an institutional mechanism to encourage and improve trade between the two countries.


 1. *The United States space agency, NASA, released the first audio from Mars on February 22, 2021* . It was a faint crackling recording of the wind that was captured by Perseverance rover. The rover is on a mission to search if there is any sign of past life on the MARS (RED Planet).

 2. *Bangladesh has become the first country that has banned the painkiller ketoprofen.* This painkiller is used widely to treat the cattle. But this painkiller is toxic to vultures.

3. *The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working with the government of Bangladesh for providing a USD 940 million assistance to purchase COVID 19 vaccine.* 

4.  Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms. The issue has been widely watched internationally as other countries including Canada and Britain considering similar legislation.

5. *G7 Foreign Ministers condemn violence against Myanmar protestors* :  The Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, and the High Representative of the European Union have firmly condemned violence by Myanmar's security forces against peaceful protests.

6. *Coronavirus Cases:* 112,624,879
Deaths: 2,494,818
Recovered: 88,209,370

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2. *The chief minister of Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, announced that Karnataka will be hosting the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) in the year 2021.* 

3. *The Khelo India University Games will be inaugurated by PM Modi. Games will be held in the Jain University and other venues of the state.* This event was launched after the Khelo India Youth Games become successful.