‘It went very well’, says US president Joe Biden after meeting India, Japan, Australia at first-ever Quad summit

US President Joe Biden on Sunday (March 14) said that the Quad virtual summit, which was attended by the leaders of India, Japan, US and Australia, went very well.

US president Biden and leaders from the other three countries pledged in the first virtual summit on Friday to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to cooperate on maritime, cyber and economic security, issues vital to the four democracies in the face of challenges from China.

“It went very well. Everybody (Quad countries) seemed to like it a great deal,” Joe Biden said while addressing the media on his return to the White House. 

Meanwhile, following the virtual summit of the top leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States president Joe Biden, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga jointly-authored opinion article for The Washington Post. 

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China releases footage of ‘medieval’ fight to the death with Indian troops on Himalayan border after four of its soldiers were killed in brutal fighting with fists, stones and sticks

China has released a video which reportedly shows its border clash with Indian troops last June after Beijing admitted that four of its soldiers were killed in the fatal high-mountain fight. 

The footage, aired by Beijing’s state broadcaster CCTV, is said to capture the bloody hand-to-hand combat between Chinese and Indian forces at the Galwan River valley, which also resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian servicemen.

The official channel claimed the clip showed an Indian army ‘several times the size of the Chinese side’ launching a violent revenge attack after a Chinese commander had tried to solve the two nations’ border disputes through peaceful talks.  China's state broadcaster CCTV has released a video which it claimed showed Chinese troops' hand-to-hand border clash with Indian forces last June, which left four of its soldiers killed

China’s state broadcaster CCTV has released a video which it claimed showed Chinese troops’ hand-to-hand border clash with Indian forces last June, which left four of its soldiers killed

The official channel claimed that the clip showed an Indian army 'several times the size of the Chinese side' launching a violent revenge attack after China attempted talk to them peacefully

The official channel claimed that the clip showed an Indian army ‘several times the size of the Chinese side’ launching a violent revenge attack after China attempted talk to them peaceful

The announcement, coming more than six months after the bloody hand-to-hand fighting, should help global audiences ‘understand the truth and the right and wrong of the incident,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Yet the delay also appeared to reflect China’s deep culture of military secrecy, as well as concerns over the potential domestic and international fallout from the bloodshed.

Immediately after the clash atop a high ridge on June 2020 in the Ladakh region’s Karakoram Mountains, India announced it had lost 20 of its soldiers in the battle that saw fists, clubs, stones and other improvised weapons used to avoid a firefight.

The battle took place after 'the foreign military openly violated the consensus reached with us and blatantly crossed the line to provoke [us],' according to the military channel of CCTV

The battle took place after ‘the foreign military openly violated the consensus reached with us and blatantly crossed the line to provoke [us],’ according to the military channel of CCTV

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What the crackdown on farmers’ protests says about the future of democracy in India

On this week’s episode of Worldly,we discuss how a real policy debate in India turned ugly.

The farmers’ protests in India had already turned ugly — and then global celebrities like Rihanna and Greta Thunberg stepped in.

In this week’s episode of WorldlyVox’s foreign affairs podcast, co-hosts Zack Beauchamp, Jennifer Williams, and Alex Ward explain why thousands of Indian farmers have spent months protesting recent agricultural reform laws passed by the government.

They touch on why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi so fiercely pushed the reforms, the legitimate policy debate at the center of it all, and how the vile online reaction to Rihanna’s and Thunberg’s statements in support of the farmers from pro-Modi trolls shows the rot at the core of India’s democracy.

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Greta Thunberg Accidentally Posts Doc with Talking Points on India Protests, Faces Criminal Probe

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg drew the ire of police prosecutors in India on Thursday after she used social media to offer running commentary and advice on violent protests by the country’s farmers.

The 18-year-old left-wing eco-activist shared — and then quickly deleted — a message that detailed a list of “suggested posts” about the ongoing civil disorder, according to a report in the NY Post, which her critics say reveals she is being coached on what position to take by outsiders.

The list gave a series of tips on what to post on social media, asking her to also repost and tag other celebrities tweeting about it, including pop star Rihanna.

As well as the Twitter storm, the “toolkit” she shared also suggested highlighting planned demonstrations at Indian embassies.

The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a case against the activist over her tweets while rejecting foreign intervention on purely domestic matters.

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Twitter Temporarily Blocked Accounts Critical Of The Indian Government

The government order to block included a movie star, a political commentator, and a prominent magazine. Their accounts have all been restored.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi

On Monday, Twitter temporarily blocked people in India from viewing several accounts belonging to activists, political commentators, a popular movie star, and a leading investigative journalism magazine, the Caravan, on orders from the country’s government. All accounts had one thing in common — they had been critical of India’s Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi. Twitter restored the accounts more than six hours later, telling government officials that the tweets and accounts constituted free speech and were newsworthy.

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India cuts Internet, farmers start hunger strike

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Hundreds of Indian farmers gathered in New Delhi on Saturday (January 30) to begin a one-day hunger strike.

Authorities have blocked mobile internet services in several areas around the capital, after a week of violent clashes.

The farmers are angry about new agricultural laws that they say benefit large private food buyers at the expense of producers.

Earlier this week, a planned tractor parade on the Republic Day anniversary turned violent.

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Terror group claims responsibility for attack on Israeli embassy in India

Letter found at the scene allegedly promises: This is just the beginning

People examine a damaged Israeli embassy car after an explosion in New Delhi in 2012.
(photo credit: REUTERS/PARIVARTAN SHARMA)
A terror organization called Jaish-ul-Hind, believed to be affiliated with Iran, has taken responsibility for Friday’s attack near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, according to Indian media.
 
An explosion occurred near the embassy, Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday. There were no casualties in the incident, and no damage was caused to the embassy building, the Foreign Ministry said.
 
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Live Updates: Farmers’ Rallies in New Delhi Turn Violent During India’s Republic Day Celebrations

The Delhi Police had earlier given permission to protesting farmers to carry out their proposed tractor rally against new farm reforms by the Narendra Modi government.

Indian farmer rallies during Republic Day have turned violent, with protesters and police filmed clashing, and officers reportedly using tear gas. Police used their batons to disperse the rallies, while some protesters were spotted wielding swords.

Clashes in the capital and in other cities across the country erupted as Indians were celebrating the holiday, marking the 72nd anniversary of the day the Constitution of India came into effect.

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India: Axe-wielding tribal animists attack Christians during worship service, destroy church

Catholic devotees wear face mask attend the Holy Mass at the Saint Joseph’s Church on the first day after the reopening of religious services after the government eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Hyderabad on June 8, 2020. | NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images

Six Christian families worshiping in India’s Odisha state were attacked by axe-wielding tribal animists who destroyed the believers’ church structure amid escalating religious persecution in the country. 

Morning Star News reports that in December, the Christians, who had converted from tribal animism to Christianity, were worshiping in a wood-and-hay structure in Odisha state’s Chichima village when they were approached by a mob of about 20 to 25 men, led by an “influential man of wealth.”

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Police ban Indian Christian families from worship, accuse them of false conversion

Indian Catholic devotees offer the way of the cross prayers after an Ash Wednesday service at Saint Mary’s Basilica in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on March 5, 2014. | AFP via Getty Images/Noah Seelam

Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have banned 15 Christian families from gathering for worship services based on the presumption that they must have been coercively or fraudulently converted to Christianity as they are not Christian by birth.

The deputy superintendent of police of Karnataka’s Hassan District and his colleagues summoned the families in Bannimardatti village this week and asked them to prove that they were Christian, accusing them of availing benefits provided by the government as both Christians and Hindus, persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported.

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