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World News – 18 Sept 2020

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NAMASKAR !  A warm welcome to ‘World News: an Indian perspective’, on All India Radio. This is NISHIT KUMAR, bringing glimpses of major developments of the day from across the globe.


  • External Affairs Minister of India Dr.S Jaishankar says India-Japan  economic cooperation is on an upswing.
  • France, Germany and the UK challenge China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea.
  • US to ban WeChat and TikTok citing data privacy concerns.
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appeals to the countries to join hands in the fight against COVID-19 and save lives.
  • And in Cricket , 13th edition of Indian Premier League to kick start at Abu Dhabi tomorrow.



External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar has said India and Japan have seen a very visible increase in economic cooperation. There has been a significant rise in FDI inflows from Japan and in the number of Japanese companies in India.

Dr. Jaishankar said Japan is the only country with which India has an annual summit as well as 22 dialogue. It is a reflection of the close connect and a sync in the global outlook of the two countries.




In a major setback to China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement to the United Nations challenging its sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

They have said that Beijing’s claims of the so-called historic rights over the South China Sea waters do not comply with UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). They highlighted the violation of ‘freedom of navigation and overflight, and of the right of innocent passage’ through the region.

China claims around 90 percent of the South China Sea, leading to tensions with other littoral States in the region.

The joint statement held that all maritime claims in the South China Sea should be made and peacefully resolved in accordance with the principles and rules of UNCLOS.



In another development, the United States has charged five Chinese nationals and two Malaysian nationals over global hacking operations. US Justice Department in a press statement said the hacking affected  more than 100 companies for at least six years.

The hackers intruded into companies, non-profit organisations, universities, think tanks and foreign governments, in the US and other countries. They are also reported to have hacked the accounts of  pro-democracy politicians and activists in Hong Kong.

The five Chinese defendants remain fugitives. While the two Malaysians arrested in Malaysia this week are facing extradition to the US.



In the US Presidential Elections, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden continued to cast barbs on each other.

Trump, in his Wisconsin address, said that Biden villified the Police as a racist, oppressive force. He added that the rhetoric of Joe Biden and the Radical Left puts the Great Law Enforcement in danger.

Meanwhile, Biden continued his sharp criticism of the manner in which Trump Administration has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden said that Trump knew how deadly COVID-19 was and did nothing.




The US will ban the use of WeChat from this Sunday and the Chinese app TikTok by Nov. 12.

US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross told  that the action is being taken on President’s direction, to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.

Meanwhile, some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Limited, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, remains a security risk. Since it would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States.




BRICS countries have agreed to continue supporting the World Health Organization in playing a leading role. They have called for strengthening BRICS countries’ cooperation in bio-safety governance, vaccine research and development. The outcome flows from the BRICS National Security Advisors virtual meeting today. Prasar  Bharati Special Correspondent in Beijing, Anshuman Mishra takes a look at the importance of the meeting:


The 10th meeting of National Security Advisors of BRICS countries was held on Thursday via video link., Member nations exchanged views on  wide ranging issues including bio-safety, anti-terrorism and cyber security. India was represented by NSA Ajit Doval. The meeting is significant in the wake of cooperation to tackle COVID pandemic and in run up to SCO Summit, BRICS Summit and SCO Heads of Govt meet in coming months. Analysts say, it’s high time China walks the talk by working sincerely to resolve the current stand off with India. It is more imperative as global community looks for mulilateralism on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Anshuman Mishra for World News, All India Radio, Beijing.



Taking a look at the global COVID-19 data, the number of infected cases has crossed 30 million worldwide. WHO has warned that the rates of transmission of coronavirus cases in Europe is alarming.

On other hand, India saw another peak of single day recoveries with over 87,000 people discharged.

Israel went back into a nationwide lockdown on Friday amidst increasing cases.

Australia said that it would increase the number of citizens allowed to return home each week from 4,000 to 6,000 by mid October, as it manages to get new COVID-19 infections under control.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the nations to come together to check the spread of COVID-19 transmission and save lives.



In Tennis, US Open champion Naomi Osaka on Friday has pulled out of this year’s French Open due to a hamstring injury.

In Cricket, the 13th edition of Indian Premier League gets underway on Friday in UAE capital Abudhabi. A report:

After a long wait, cricket stars will be in action at the 13th edilion of Indian Premier League at Abu Dhabi in United Aarab Emirates tomorrow.

The tournament, which has been shifted to the UAE due to COVID-19 pandemic is a TV only event. In all, 60 matches over the next 53 days,  will be held in three avenues- Abu Dhabhi, Sharjah and Dubai.

The organizers have ensured adequate safety arrangements in place creating bio bubbles. Anuja Kumar for world News, Sports Desk.



Islamabad High Court has issued arrest warrants for former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia and Avenfield cases. The Court Registrar Office on Thursday has started implementing the orders and issued notice to the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter. Pakistan High Commission in London has received the arrest warrants.


India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Before we end, let us listen to his favourite bhajan VAISHNAV JAN, by artists from the Netherlands.


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