News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 02 Jul 2020 0:15am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MoU signed between India and China in 2008
  • The petition filed in Supreme Court
  • The Conclusion

WILL INDIA AND CHINA BREAK OFF THE SIGNED MOU?

In 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Respondent (Union of India) with its counterpart or government of China for trade and business. The petition had been filed in the Supreme Court seeking the National Investigation Agency probe into the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2008 between the then UPA-led Central government and China.


Recently, a plea has been filed in the apex court seeking the supervision of the center to break off the MoU agreement signed with the Chinese government and companies, against the backdrop of a clash between the two nations' armies in Ladakh.

The appeal bought up the issue of Indian-Chinese border tension as a major factor for breaking off the MoU agreement. Lawyer Supriya Pandita argued that Indo-Chinese has been engaged in the standoff since early May at several points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and on June 15, and escalated incident area occurred along the LAC, which made the casualties increased on both sides.

Allegedly, the claims of the petitioners highlighted the street mob across the country, different groups of people were seen burning the Chinese flags and products. Whereas, a certain group of people bought it up on their social media handles and were seen destroying the Chinese made mobile phones.
Reportedly, Maharashtra had signed MoUs with some Chinese companies for setting up industries.

"Amid these protests, as per media reports, Gujarat and Maharashtra have signed MoUs with the China-based business conglomerates. Maharashtra signed a few MoUs with some Chinese companies for setting up industry in the state. In another incident as per media reports, conglomerate Adani Group has signed an MoU with one of China's largest private companies to invest $300 million in manufacturing units of Indian port," contended the plea.

Adducing the center’s decision on the recent ban of 59 mobile Chinese apps, the clause of the plea states that the ban on these mobile apps may be a welcome step but on the other hand, allowing few select business houses or few select state governments to enter into MoUs with Chinese business house or stakeholders from China sends a wrong message to the people of India.

The petitioner claimed that this preferential treatment to these few select businesses or few select states to enter into MoUs with Chinese businesses is not only discriminatory but also against the will and sentiments of Indian people.
“The MoU signed by the Respondent (Union of India) with its counterpart or government of China for trade and business is against the will of Prime Minister, of India's policy of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, and the will and sentiments of the people of India amidst the escalated tensions at border between the two countries which has led to the martyrdom of many soldiers," states the plea.

A total of 20 Indian soldiers have passed away in a violent clash between two armies in Galway Valley. The Chinese side also suffered casualties during this incident, but they have not come out with any details yet.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETRA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Jul 2020 2:29am IST


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