Current Affairs -03 March 2023

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Bilateral talks with Chinese Foreign Minister

On March 3, 2023, the External Affairs Minister of India and the Chinese Foreign Minister held bilateral talks to discuss the current status of India-China relations, with a particular focus on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

  • To address the peace and tranquility along the border between India and China, specifically the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • They also discussed the G20 agenda, which suggest that they talked about broader international issues.
  • The talks aimed to openly and candidly discuss the real problems in the relationship between the two countries
  • Overall, the meeting seemed to be an attempt to improve communication and find ways to ease tensions between the two countries.

Significance of the meeting

  • To create conditions that will "restore normalcy" in the relationship between India and China.
  • Chinese foreign Minister emphasized the importance of avoiding power politics or bloc confrontation, stating that global development and prosperity require a peaceful and stable international environment.
  • He highlighted China's Global Security Initiative and its position paper on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis as examples of China's commitment to promoting peace.
  • Chinese foreign Minister comments suggest that China is positioning itself as a responsible and peaceful global actor.
  • Both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks between senior military commanders soon.

Earlier also in his remarks to the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister called for the group to practice true multilateralism, uphold the U.N.-centered international system, observe the basic norms of international relations underpinned by the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter, and follow the international order based on international law.

News Crux Scheme & Programme

Ornamental Fish Aquaculture

On March 3, 2023, a program was launched to provide extensive training to 82 individuals residing on Agatti island, with a notable emphasis on training 77 women participants, to cultivate ornamental fish which are typically only used for aesthetic purposes rather than as a source of food.

Agatti Island is a 7.6 km long island, situated on a coral atoll called Agatti atoll in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India.

  • The program was supported by the ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR).
  • By forming these groups, the islanders may be able to generate income through the sale of ornamental fish, which could potentially benefit the local economy.
  • To further increase their income, the groups were also provided with captive-raised clownfish seeds for rearing.
  • The groups are expected to raise the clownfish until they reach a marketable size, at which point they can sell them for profit.
  • The addition of the clownfish to their aquaculture activities may help the women generate even more income than before.