NEW DELHI: By visiting Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a very clear signal that India is ready to escalate the cost on China for its "misadventurism" and that the armed forces are adopting a firm approach in defending the country's territories, strategic affairs experts said on Saturday. They also said that China is increasingly getting isolated internationally for its aggressive military posturing in Ladakh, South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, and time has come for India to take advantage of the situation. Hailing Modi's visit to Ladakh, former Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen (retd) Subrata Saha said the "loudest message" from the visit was that India is not going to back-off in eastern Ladakh and
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian: ANIBEIJING: China on Friday said no party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at Line of Actual Control (LAC) after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh and met the soldiers there. "India and China are in communication and negotiations on lowering the temperatures through military and diplomatic channels. No party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a briefing when asked about the Prime Minister's visit. PM Modi was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane. He reached Nimmoo early morning
NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making a surprise visit to Ladakh amid border tensions with China and meeting the soldiers, saying that it has boosted the morale of the Indian Army. Earlier today, Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh and was briefed by senior officers in Nimmoo. Talking to Twitter, Singh said that the borders of the country have always been secure under the Indian Army. "The borders of the country have always been secure under the Indian Army. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Ladakh to meet and encourage the soldiers has certainly boosted the morale of the Army. I commend the Prime Minister's move and thank
NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force needs to further enhance its operational capabilities and improve serviceability of its mission critical systems, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said on Thursday, at a time when the force is on high alert due to escalating tension with China. In his inaugural speech at the two-day conference of Senior Air Staff Officers (SASOs), the chief highlighted the “need for sustenance of existing fleets and optimum operational exploitation of new inductions in order to make the Indian Air Force (IAF) a formidable combat force”. The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter stand-off in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian
The Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile apps including the video-sharing app TikTok on June 29. TikTok was one of the most used apps in India and even Bollywood celebrities like Jacqueline Fernandez, Kartik Aaryan, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Zareen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and others were active users of this app. The decision has been receiving mixed reactions from the people on social media. Zareen, who recently started making videos on TikTok, exclusively spoke about it with ETimes and supported the government's decision. She said that the ban should be imposed on Chinese goods also since it will impact their economy massively. The actress said, “I'm not sure what to say about this. I know that the root cause of this
NEW DELHI: Top Army officers from India and China will meet for the third time on Tuesday in a bid to de-escalate border tensions and reduce military build-ups, amidst the continuing stalemate triggered by Chinese troop intrusions into Indian territory in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains in eastern Ladakh. Sources said 14 Corps commander Lt-General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Liu Lin will kick off their meeting at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point around 10.30 am on Tuesday. The meeting will take place for the first time at Chushul, unlike the first two marathon meetings held at Moldo on June 6 and 22, ever since the major troop confrontations
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Despite growing criticism against CPM’s soft stand on China after the Galwan Valley conflict, the party mouthpiece ‘People’s Democracy’ listed out a few acts of India that CPM feared “might have contributed to such a situation developing” in Ladakh. An editorial dated June 28 terms China’s action “egregious”, while listing out suspected provocative steps from the Indian side. “The steps to dismantle the state of Jammu & Kashmir and break it up into two centrally-administered territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh led to external repercussions. China saw it from their standpoint. The Chinese government protested twice before India that for them this amounted to changing an administrative arrangement, which has an impact on an area to which China
(Representative image)NEW DELHI: Exporters have raised serious concerns over increased scrutiny of all containers coming from China and Hong Kong at all airports and seaports, including Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai, saying the move is causing inordinate delay in clearance of import consignments. They have urged the government to give instructions to Indian customs authorities to fast-track the clearance of these import consignments. The development assumes significance in the wake of increasing border tensions between India and China. The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter stand-off at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the past six weeks, and the tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley on June
Representational photo.ISLAMABAD: A tripartite agreement was signed between a Chinese company and the governments of Pakistan and China on Thursday for construction of a 1,124-megawatt hydropower project at Kohala on the Jhelum river at a cost of $2.4 billion. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who witnessed the signing ceremony at his office, termed the agreement "the country's biggest-ever foreign investment". Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's prime minister was also present on the occasion, Dawn reported. The accord represents the largest power sector investment by an independent power producer (IPP) under Beijing's multi-billion dollars' worth China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including the Gwadar Master Plan. Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the government had resolved to focus on a "green and clean power generation"
NEW DELHI: India warned China on Thursday that failure to implement the disengagement understanding on the LAC in eastern Ladakh would have consequences as a continuation of the current situation would have a negative impact on development of the bilateral relationship. In a lengthy statement, the ministry of external affairs clearly indicated that the ground situation along the LAC could not linger on indefinitely and said, "We expect the Chinese side to sincerely follow up on this understanding and ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity in border areas. A continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for development of the relationship." China amassing troops since May: MEAThe statement added, “At the heart of the matter is
NEW DELHI: Latest commercial satellite images and ground reports indicate Chinese troops are back on Indian territory in the Galwan Valley region in eastern Ladakh, setting up a much larger camp with gun positions in place of the observation post that was destroyed by Indian troops in the bloody clash of June 15. The situation in several other sectors in eastern Ladakh remains very tense, with China reinforcing military positions in the Depsang Plains, while continuing to occupy Indian territory on the north bank of Pangong Tso. With the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) seemingly determined not to withdraw any time soon, despite the two sides broadly agreeing on Monday to gradually disengage from the troop confrontations, Army chief General M
NEW DELHI: The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) is likely to hold virtual meet on Wednesday to discuss border tensions between the two countries. The WMCC talks are headed by joint secretary-level officials from both sides. WMCC was established in 2012 as an institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, as well as to exchange views on strengthening communication and cooperation, including between their border security personnel. India and China held Corps Commander-level talks on Monday in which both sides reached a mutual consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector. Indian Army 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his Chinese
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow 'raj dharma' and rise to the challenge of protecting the territorial integrity of the country, and clarify to China that Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh "is, was and will always be" an integral part of India. The opposition party also accused the prime minister's office (PMO) of making a "lame attempt to obfuscate the truth" and belittling the gravity of the situation along the LAC after it issued a clarification on PM Modi's comments that no one entered Indian territory. "After the prime minister's statement yesterday, China has dared to claim the entire Galwan Valley as its own. Galwan valley is Indian territory and it will remain
KOLKATA: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her party stands firmly behind the union government in this "hour of crisis" after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed by the PLA at Galwan and urged the Centre not to allow Chinese investments in strategically-important infrastructure sectors. Banerjee, who was speaking at an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), accused China of launching a "pre-planned attack" on Indian borders while it was busy dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, sources said. India "should and will" unitedly tide over the crisis at the LAC, the West Bengal chief minister said. Banerjee, who is among the harshest critics of the BJP, said,
BENGALURU: Amid calls for boycott of Chinese products in the backdrop of Indo-China border faceoff, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy sought to know from the BJP government in Karnataka the status of the "Compete with China" policy brought during the previous JD(S)-Congress rule. Boycotting Chinese products was not easy like sloganeering but required a creative policy and the coalition government's initiative was a model for it, he said in a series of tweets. "After the border skirmish, some people got the realisation to boycott the Chinese products but during my tenure (as chief minister) a serious thought was given to it," the JD(S) leader said. He was apparently referring to growing clamour for boycott of China-made products after a
NEW DELHI: The US Embassy here on Friday condoled the death of Indian soldiers, killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, and said their bravery will not be forgotten. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region. "The US Mission in India sends our heartfelt condolences to the families of the soldiers who were lost at Galwan. Their bravery and courage will not be forgotten," US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted. The casualties from the clashes on the Chinese side are not
NEW DELHI: Even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved its assets including fighter aircraft to forward bases and airfields in view of the ongoing dispute with China, its chief RKS Bhadauria was on a two-day hush-hush visit to the Leh and Srinagar airbases, which would be the most critical for any operations to be carried out by the force in the Eastern Ladakh area. The visit assumes significance as it came soon after the top security brass of the country reviewed the situation and military options after the Chinese Army killed 20 Indian soldiers in a premeditated attack in the Galwan Valley area after making an attempt to unilaterally change the status of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
NEW DELHI: The Army on Thursday said “no Indian troops are missing in action” after the violent skirmish with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh on Monday night, discounting reports of 10 soldiers being in the captivity of the People’s Liberation Army since that day. “It is clarified no Indian troops are missing in action. All are accounted for,” the Army said in a brief statement, without elaborating further. It came after Leh-based 3 Infantry Division commander Major General Abhijit Bapat and his Chinese counterpart held another round of talks near ‘Patrolling Point-14’ in the Galwan Valley region on Thursday. The prolonged skirmish on Monday had erupted when PLA soldiers, who after initially pulling back a little
NEW DELHI: India must explore the option of a ‘limited’ military action in response to China’s continuing belligerence and military build-up along the unresolved border in eastern Ladakh, say some in the defence establishment, but acknowledge that it will have to be a top political call. The military options range from forcibly evicting soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from what India considers to be its territory and securing the heights to even a ‘calibrated conflict’ — like the 1999 Kargil one with Pakistan — in conjunction with political, diplomatic and economic measures, sources said. There is, of course, realisation that China is no Pakistan, with the communist giant having a stark military asymmetry over India. But that did
SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI: In the days leading up to the most violent border clash between India and China in decades, China brought in pieces of machinery, cut a trail into a Himalayan mountainside and may have even dammed a river, satellite pictures suggest. The images, shot on Tuesday, a day after soldiers engaged in hand-to-hand combat in the freezing Galwan Valley, show an increase in activity from a week earlier. India said 20 soldiers were killed in a premeditated attack by Chinese troops on Monday night at a time when top commanders had agreed to defuse tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), or the disputed and poorly defined border between the nuclear-armed neighbours. China rejected the allegations and blamed
NEW DELHI: India on Thursday asked China to confine its activities to its side of the LAC, and trashed as "exaggerated" and "untenable" the Chinese Army claim of sovereignty over eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley, the site of a violent hand-to-hand combat that left 20 Indian soldiers dead three days back. India is strongly committed to ensuring the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity though it is committed to find a resolution of the differences through dialogue, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing. The Galwan Valley violent face-off significantly escalated tension between India and China with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting on Wednesday that India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated.
NEW DELHI: Union minister Ramdas Athawale has said all restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down and products made in China should be boycotted. His comments come after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent clash with the Chinese army in Ladakh's Galwan Valley. "China is a country that betrays. India should boycott all products that are made in China. Chinese food and all restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down," Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, said in a tweet. Twenty Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed in a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern
China has kept silent on the number of its casualties in the clash. Radio and other intercepts on Tuesday suggested there were 43 “casualties” in the PLA ranks, which included the dead and grievously injured, as reported by TOI. “There are some indications now that two PLA officers, including possibly the commanding officer of a unit, are among the dead in their ranks,” a source said on Wednesday. While Col Babu and two soldiers died on the spot after being attacked by PLA troops armed with nail-studded rods and stones, 17 Indian jawans succumbed to their injuries later. “There are 18 more soldiers admitted in the military hospital. Four were earlier critical but are stable now,” the source said. The
Though the PLA has been needling Indian forces with repeated incursions across the LAC for long, the number has jumped since the 73-day confrontation on the Bhutanese territory of Doklam near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in June-August 2017. From 296 such incursions or transgressions in 2016, they rose to 473 in 2017, 404 in 2018, and 663 in 2019. The PLA has also increasingly been showing aggressive behaviour and assertiveness in some new areas like the Galwan valley and the Naku La sector in north Sikkim. Soon after the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops on the north bank of Pangong Tso on May 5-6, another had taken place in Naku La on May 9. The skirmish in the Galwan
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the sacrifice of Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh will not go in vain. In his opening remarks on day two of the virtual conference with chief ministers on coronavirus, he also said that India wants peace but is capable of giving a befitting reply, if instigated. For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is most important, he said. India-China border stand-off: Live updatesModi said India has always tried that differences do not become disputes. Later, the Prime Minister and those attending the meeting observed silence of a few minutes as a mark of respect for the slain soldiers. Twenty Indian soldiers including a colonel,
NEW DELHI: Major General-level talks are being held between India and China in the Galwan valley to further defuse the situation after the violent face-off between the troops on June 15-16, according to Army sources. The violent clash started on late evening and night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to unilaterally change the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India had said on Tuesday. At least 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the violent face-off, government sources had revealed and added
WASHINGTON: The US is "closely monitoring" the situation following a fierce clash between Indian and Chinese forces in eastern Ladakh, and hopes that the differences will be resolved peacefully, a senior State Department official has said. Twenty Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff between the two countries. "We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control," the State Department spokesperson said on Monday. "We note the Indian military has announced that 20 soldiers have died, and we offer our
NEW DELHI: India squarely blamed China for starting the violent clashes in the Galwan Valley on Monday night which saw casualties on both sides and a serious escalation of hostilities with deaths in a border clash for the first time since Tulung La in 1975 when India lost over 10 men in a fight with Chinese troops. In a statement almost 24 hours after the clashes in eastern Ladakh and hours after a Chinese statement, the MEA spokesperson rejected the charge that Indian troops had acted in a provocative manner and accused China of refusing to respect the agreement on deescalation reached on June 6. It was an indication that India would take bolder steps to get the Chinese
India’s principal Left parties, CPI and CPM, expressed shock and concern over the escalation of tensions and clashes and casualties of Indian soldiers in the Galwan valley. “It is imperative that both the governments immediately initiate high-level talks to defuse the situation and advance the process of disengagement on the basis of the agreed understanding on maintaining peace and tranquility on the border,” CPM said in a statement. CPI general sceretary D Raja also pressed for ending the present standoff through talks and established frame-works agreed by both countries.
NEW DELHI: Twenty Indian soldiers, including a Colonel, were killed and several others grievously injured in a violent physical skirmish with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley region of eastern Ladakh on Monday, in a massive escalation of the continuing military confrontation in the high-altitude region since early-May even though no bullets were fired. The Indian casualties could go up further because several soldiers have been injured in the clashes that lasted several hours till midnight, while a few are still reported to be missing. Some Indian soldiers were apparently also taken captive by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who were present in far greater numbers and armed with nail-studded iron rods and stones during the prolonged brawl, but
BEIJING: China's official media on Tuesday quoted the Chinese military as claiming that it "always" owned sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region and alleged that "provocative attacks' launched by the Indian troops resulted in "severe clashes and casualties." In its first reaction on Monday's clashes between the two militaries at the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh, a statement quoted by the Chinese media quoting the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Western Theatre Command Spokesperson Colonel Zhang Shuili said, "China always owns sovereignty over the Galwan Valley region." There was no immediate reaction from the Indian side to the PLA statement quoted to Col. Shuili. "The Indian troops have broken their promises and again crossed the line of actual control (LAC) in