India and China, two of the world's most densely populated nations, share the world's longest unmarked border, spanning over 3,000 kilometers. Their efforts to resolve the ongoing border dispute, which has persisted since the early 1990s, have yielded no substantial results.
During 2020 and 2021, China engaged in aggressive face-offs and skirmishes at the Sino–Indian border, resulting in dozens of casualties. During that conflict, there was a strong call for boycott of Chinese goods, endorsed by Indian celebrities. In July and September 2020, the Indian government banned dozens of Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat and started investigating 250 more for user privacy violations.
China has invested 7 billion dollars in Bangladesh over the past decade and bagged 23 billion more contracts. Most projects funded by Chinese investment in Bangladesh are contracted to Chinese contractors. Several Chinese companies have also acquired contracts for other non-China funded development projects, often not adhering to due diligence, the rules of procedures, or following a competitive tendering process. In Nepal, the space for media to report on Tibet has shrunk. Sri Lanka received over US$ 12 billion in Chinese investment between 2006 and 2009, and the Rajapaksa regime pushed for the construction of Colombo Port City in 2021. China also bailed Sri Lanka out from the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine war.
Stories about China and India battle for leadership in South Asia
On the first day of his office, pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu formally requested the Indian Government to withdraw its troops stationed in the Maldives, making headlines in both countries.
China said it welcomed the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) project, provided that it would not turn into a geopolitical tool.
The pro-India incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is likely to face intense competition as seven other candidates have challenged him in the upcoming presidential elections in Maldives.
The strongest reactions came from countries in Southeast Asia as the Chinese map claims virtually the entirety of the South China Sea.
Global Voices Southeast Asia and Oceania editor Mong Palatino reviews the impact of China's economic and diplomatic expansion in the Pacific.
On July 26, Nepali rights activists took to the streets of Kathmandu against the execution of four democratic activists by Myanmar’s ruling army junta.
Widespread shortages, such as fuel, gas, medicines, or even car parts triggered by higher prices and insufficient foreign currency for import are making everyday life miserable in Sri Lanka.
As China renamed 15 places in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indians on Twitter responded by renaming Chinese places with Indian names.
Any critique of the government, the armed forces, or the Hindu religion and its socio-political project, known as Hindutva, is labeled “sedition,” and is treated as treason for attacking the sovereignty of India.
TikTok was blocked in Pakistan for 10 days in October 2020. Access was restored after the app's parent company ByteDance assured authorities it would bolster moderation.
The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.
"If this episode destroyed so many lives, what kind of chaos, let alone wholesale injustice, can we expect with citizenship laws and tests applied much more widely than in 1962?"
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, nearly 500 Pakistani students studying in China's Hubei province are under lockdown; their government has not yet decided to bring them back home.
The implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens in India and the rhetoric of deportation of "illegal Bangladeshis" have put the India-Bangladesh relation on stress.
After Narendra Modi's government in India scrapped Article 370, many Pakistanis asked the ruling party to take action.
People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.
"amidst the political upheaval, some are urging the public to remember that when there is violence -- everyone suffers"
"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"
"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."
Four Donors in India Rescued a Man in Bangladesh with a Rare Blood Group. Now What Were You Saying About Borders?
A 25-year-old man in Bangladesh with a rare blood group was going to die without blood donors. When they couldn't be found at home, four people in Mumbai stepped up.
India says it wants to seal the border with Bangladesh in Assam. The Bhartiya Janta Party says these measures are a necessary defense against illegal immigration.