April 2019 - Bilateral News



  • Indian battleships arrived in China. Battleships from India and countries like Singapore and Australia arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on 21 April 2019. They will be taking part in a maritime parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. China will display new warships, including nuclear submarines, destroyers, warplanes and the country’s first aircraft carrier, at the parade.


  • Medical assistance to Afghan National Army. Vinay Kumar, Ambassador of India presented 100 motorized wheelchairs to the Afghan National Army. India also remains committed to extending medical relief and assistance to the ANA personnel. Till date, Indian Army has also trained 4880 ANA personnel in various professional, educational and military training programs, including training ANA doctors & medical technicians.


  • MoU signed between AYUSH and CSIR.  A MoU was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. It was signed for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science. It was signed by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH and Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, CSIR.


  • India is joining hands with Japan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to implement two projects in Africa. India will build a cancer hospital in Kenya in collaboration with Japan. It will partner with the UAE to set up an information and communications technology (ICT) centre in Ethiopia.


  • In an effort to further expand defence cooperation, India and the U.K. have renewed the Defence Equipment Memorandum between the two countries. The Memorandum of Understanding renews a previous Defence Equipment Cooperation MoU signed on April 1, 1997 which was renewed on April 20, 2007.


  • India cut its trade deficit with China by the most in more than a decade. India's exports to China jumped 31% year-on-year to $17 billion in the financial year ended March 31, 2019. In the process, it cut the bilateral trade deficit by $10 billion to $53 billion.


  • Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will be on a 3-day bilateral visit to Thailand from 17 April 2019. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the maritime bilateral relations between India and Thailand and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation. He will visit the Royal Thai Navy and Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters in Bangkok.


  • 2nd edition of IN–VPN BILAT EX (Indian Navy-Vietnam Peoples’ Navy Bilateral Exercise) concluded. The exercise was undertaken as a part of the ongoing Overseas Deployment of Eastern Fleet ships to South East Asian countries. IN Ships Kolkata participated in the exercise, comprising a harbour and a sea phase.


  • India and Sweden launched a joint programme that will work towards addressing a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies among others. The programme was co-funded by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Swedish agency Vinnova. Vinnova will provide funding to Swedish participants up to 2,500,000 Swedish Krona (around Rs 1.87 crore) as a grant.


  • India and the Netherlands discussed ways to strengthen bilateral political and economic ties, including boosting cooperation at the United Nations. The two countries held Foreign Office Consultations with the Indian side led by A Gitesh Sarma, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs. Johanna (Yoka) Brandt, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lead the Dutch delegation.


  • India and Chile have agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. President Ram Nath Kovind who was on an official visit to Chile said this after a brief Tete-a-Tete with his Chilean counterpart. President said that both countries committed themselves to further strengthen the economic partnership.

    India and Chile signed three MOUs for cooperation in the fields of mining, culture and Empowerment of persons with disabilities. The agreements would further enhance engagement in economic, social and cultural fields between the two countries. Chile is the sixth largest trading partner of India in the Latin American region. Later President participated in India-Chile Business Forum and interacted with young scientists at the University of Chile. Mr Kovind was on a three-day visit to Chile on the third leg of his three-nation tour including Croatia and Bolivia.

    On his journey back home, the President will make a transit halt in South Africa, where he will pay tribute to the late former South African president Nelson Mandela and interact with the Indian community.


  • India and Chile have signed three MoUs for cooperation in the fields of mining, culture and empowerment of persons with disabilities. The agreements, which were signed during President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to Chile, will further enhance engagement in economic, social and cultural fields between the two countries.

    Chile is the sixth largest trading partner of India in the Latin American region. India and Chile have also agreed to work together to strengthen the global response to defeat and destroy terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.



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