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China will not sit quietly if India boosts Military ties with Vietnam to counter Beijing, warns a Chinese Daily

China will not sit quietly if India boosts military ties with Vietnam to counter Beijing

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Beijing, Jan 11, 2017: China will not sit quietly if India boosts military ties with Vietnam to counter Beijing, a Chinese newspaper warned on Wednesday.

An op-ed in Global Times also told New Delhi not to “stir up troubles” in Southeast Asia.

“If the Indian government genuinely treats its enhancement of military relations with Vietnam as a strategic arrangement or even revenge against Beijing, it will only create disturbances in the region and China will hardly sit with its arms crossed,” said the daily which is said to represent the views of the Chinese leadership.

According to reports, India is in talks with Vietnam to sell indigenous surface-to-air missile system.

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“This was supposed to be a normal arms sale, yet was portrayed by the Indian media as a response ‘to counter the Chinese threat.'” the daily said.

It said it was natural for New Delhi to deepen its ties with Hanoi, which is a pillar of India’s Act East Policy.

It, however, cautioned that “such ties should be built for the sake of peace and stability in the region, rather than stirring up troubles or anxiety for others.

“However, when India and Vietnam are in talks about possible sales, New Delhi seems to keep taking a sneak peak at Beijing, as if the deal is stealthily aimed at China.”

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During an official visit to Hanoi in September 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced $500 million defence credit line to Vietnam, which is dubbed as “principal protagonist,” in the South China Sea –claimed by Beijing.

It said Indian experts and media describing Vietnam as China’s backyard reflected “India’s outdated diplomatic mindset”.

The article said “due to geopolitical factors, some nations have been cosying up to India over the years, which to a large extent contributed to India’s fruitful development.

“New Delhi understands that the best strategy for itself is to continue its collaboration with all parties, instead of picking a side and turning hostile to one another.

“Otherwise, it might not only turn others’ troubles to its own puzzles, but also suffer enormous losses of development opportunities.

“India has a dream to grow into a great power. But under today’s international circumstances, it will be extraordinarily hard to achieve the goal on its own.

“What India needs is more pragmatic cooperation with other countries.”

The newspaper, run by the China’s Communist Party, hoped that India will join the Belt and Road project.

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“This will help promote the country’s infrastructure construction, improve connectivity within the region and may even turn into a push to solve the India-Pakistan contradictions.”

India has been non-committal to China’s ambitious project. New Delhi has opposed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-administered Kashmir claimed by India.

“It is hoped that the hype in the Indian media does not represent the country’s government. There are divergences between Beijing and New Delhi, yet there are more common interests that await the two to explore.” (IANS)

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)