While India and China’s foreign ministers agreed on the need for restraint during a meeting in Moscow last week, tensions along the border remain higher than at any point since hostilities resumed. Both sides continue to ramp up forces in the disputed area, which is key to controlling vital Himalayan mountain passes.
A media report on Monday claimed that a Shenzhen-based technology firm with links to the Chinese government is monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of "foreign targets". The range of targets in India identified and monitored in real time by Zhenhua Data was "sweeping" and included President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress' interim president Sonia Gandhi, and their families, as well as several chief ministers, among others, the report said. ETPrime.com's Sandhya Sharma has more. (Text: PTI)'China-based Zhenhua Data tracked over 10,000 Indians': All you need to know
Top Chinese analyst Gordon G. Chang backs India. In an opinion piece titled 'The Chinese Army Flops in India. What Will Xi Do Next?', Mr. Chang says that Xi Jinping, the 'architect' of aggressive moves into India & his PLA unexpectedly flopped'.Top Chinese analyst backs India, says 'China's aggressive moves into India unexpectedly flopped'
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Apart from President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi, the Indian targets in the list include almost all other key Union ministers and chief ministers, the current and former chiefs of the armed forces, the chief justice and the CAG. Moreover, noted industry behemoths such as Tata and Adani are also being tracked.
An uneasy calm prevails in eastern Ladakh as the two sides have beefed up troops at two key border positions along the banks of the Pangong lake but the Army has not been taking any chances, with surveillance at an all-time high.
S Jaishankar-Wang Yi meet on India-China standoff: Here's what transpired between the two Foreign Ministers
India and China have agreed on a five-point plan to resolve the prolonged border face-off in eastern Ladakh. The plan was decided during a marathon meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow. TOI’s Indrani Bagchi takes us through what transpired in the meeting and the way forward. WatchS Jaishankar-Wang Yi meet on India-China standoff: Here's what transpired between the two Foreign Ministers
Sources familiar with the Foreign Minister level dialogue in Moscow told ET that China will revert in few days on military talks for disengagement at friction points in Pangong Tso in Ladakh. This issue was prominently discussed at the talks held in the Russian capital.
The Indian Army and the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA) have been locked in a tense standoff in multiple areas along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh since early May.
Countries like Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan need to get the investment, trade and in some cases diplomatic support they want from Beijing, while preserving some economic independence and pursuing foreign policy goals that at times conflict. The need to maintain this delicate balance is giving these countries sleepless nights.
Global Times, which is aligned with the ruling Communist Party, reported, "While for India, colluding with the exiled Tibetan and playing the Tibet card is only shooting its own foot, as China's economic power and military strength are much greater than India's," an analyst said.
With Sino-U.S. relations deteriorating over various issues including coronavirus, trade and technology, global financial markets are increasingly worried if China would sell the U.S. government debt it holds as a weapon to counter rising U.S. pressure.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on Thursday, Xi said Chinese people will not allow attempts by any individual or force to alienate them from the CPC.
The closer monitoring of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIFU) comes at a time when India and China are locked in their most serious border dispute in more than half a century.
The development will obviously set alarm bells ringing in Beijing which was already rattled by the deployment of three B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to the strategically important base in Diego Garcia across the Pacific, last month.
This could impact China’s long-term strategic ambitions in the Bay of Bengal where India has been the traditional net security provider. However, over the last decade, China has been making attempts to challenge India’s position through investments in ports, supply of naval vessels and shipbuilding in parts of South and SE Asia.
Tensions rise on China border, PLA troops carry out 'provocative movements' to change status quo at Pangong
In a fresh serious development along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, China tried to provoke India once again last week and undertook “provocative military movements” at Pangong Tso. The development has come just two-and-a-half-months after the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh. On the intervening night of June 15 and 16, troops from India and China had clashed near Patrolling Point 14 and 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the clash. China also lost a sizeable number of troops in the clashes but has not officially confirmed the number so far.Tensions rise on China border, PLA troops carry out 'provocative movements' to change status quo at Pangong
Sources said that massive movement of troops has taken place to Chushul on Sunday after reports came in of the fresh Chinese aggression. The army is not sharing additional details of the what it means by provocative military movements or whether the PLA has breached the LAC at a fresh point. A flag meeting is underway to resolve the crisis.
Jets, helicopters and artillery and missile batteries fired live ammunition at targets offshore, sending plumes of sea spray into the air. Then, a few hours later, a military helicopter taking part in the same exercise crashed at an airfield farther up the coast, killing two pilots and casting a shadow over the show of force.
China has escalated its exercise activities by firing ballistic missiles in South China Sea, says Pentagon
Conducting military exercises over disputed territory in the South China Sea is counterproductive to easing tensions and maintaining stability, the Pentagon said, adding that Chinese actions, including missile tests, further destabilise the situation in the South China Sea.
China's recovery had been gaining momentum after the pandemic paralysed huge swathes of the economy as pent-up demand, government stimulus and surprisingly resilient exports revived activity.
The volume of Chinese outbound M&A so far this year represents a 25% drop from a year earlier and a far cry from the peak in 2016.
China said on Monday it supports relevant companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their rights and interests after ByteDance said it would officially file a lawsuit against Trump administration on Aug 24.
State-run oil companies have decided to stop chartering tankers owned or operated by Chinese companies even if the vessels are registered under third-country flags. The move is poised to further strain relations between two of Asia’s largest economies after a deadly Himalayan border clash left 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops dead.
The punitive tariff on single-mode optical fibre takes effect from Aug. 14 and lasts for five years, with tariffs ranging between 7.4% and 30.6% depending on the specific Indian manufacturers, the ministry said.
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China watchers told ET that Beijing has changed its strategy based on the electoral setback faced by its favourites in India’s neighbourhood over the last few years.
India asked China to pull back its troops and stop further construction activities in the strategically-located Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector of eastern Ladakh, where both have amassed thousands of soldiers, tanks and artillery guns, in another round of military talks on Saturday. India stressed the “importance of reducing tensions to prevent any inadvertent escalation".
The defence establishment has officially acknowledged that Chinese soldiers intruded into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh in May, amid the ongoing deadlock over troop disengagement at the faceoff sites in Pangong Tso and Gogra despite five rounds of top-level military talks.
Last week, India's trade ministry issued a notice to restrict inbound shipments of TVs by requiring importers to get a special licence.
Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the "general structure that we can't live without each other remains unchanged".
Both countries — through completely different dynamics — have come to realise that the battle against China actually begins on the home front. The debate is at its peak in the US, while it has only just started in India. And how it takes shape on both ends will determine if the Delhi and Washington sides can forge the next level in their strategic partnership.
The Indian Army is willing to “liberally” issue permits for civilian expeditions to the Siachen Base Camp and Kumar Post in Ladakh. The decision to open up the world’s largest non-polar glacier and the highest battlefield was taken in October. Carrying through that decision amid the border standoff with China indicates govt’s assertiveness and a rethink on forward villages.
In its petition to the UN, Australia said it rejected China’s “historical claims” in the South China Sea region because they violate international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This comes after the US lambasted Chinese claims in the region, which is the world’s busiest shipping route.
“We must admit a hard truth that should guide us in the years and decades to come: that if we want to have a free 21st century, and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done,” Pompeo said. “We must not continue it and we must not return to it.”
Beijing has made martyrs of its banks and insurers, asking them to lend to the needy, forgo profits and support the animal spirits of its trillion-dollar capital markets.
The Chinese financing has helped rid Pakistan of an electricity deficit that left exporters unable to meet orders and major cities without electricity for much of the day.
“Vietnam, Mexico and Taiwan are the main beneficiaries of the shift in U.S. imports,” along with a push toward reshoring back to the U.S., the economists said.
India shunted out of key Iran railway project, plot set to thicken as China's shadow looms in the background
As the reason for the cancellation of the project, Iran said that India was delaying funding and other associated aspects. The unexpected development comes four years after the two sides had reached an agreement to construct the 628 km rail line along the Iran-Afghan border.
Each country has accused the other of provocative actions along the ill-defined border. But according to people who live and work in the region, Ladakh, a Chinese push into Indian territory has been building for years.
In video remarks titled `implement consensus and handle differences properly to bring China-India relations back on the right track' posted on his embassy website, Sun spoke of disruptions in bilateral relationship and outlined five steps to clarify “some fundamental points.”
How should the world, and particularly India, then view the rise of China? If there was any illusion, it has been shattered by the recent Chinese belligerence against many countries in the Indo-Pacific: India, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia etc.
The exercise brings together navies of India, Japan, Australia and the US in the Bay of Bengal.
Measures such as nominating specific ports for clearance of goods that India wants to curb can lower or even erode price advantages, bringing them on par with locally made items.
The expectations are that threats and counter threats will only ratchet up further ahead of the US polls.
The Oli faction has agreed to halt street protests against the Prachanda camp in an effort to build an environment conducive to talks, ET has learnt. Oli could offer Prachanda NCP’s sole chairmanship at the party’s upcoming national convention and prime ministership for the next term.
The breakthrough in India’s attempts to get Beijing to pull back its troops in Galwan Valley came after 2 hours of tense negotiations between NSA AK Doval and China's foreign minister Wang Yi. Doval and Wang, who are special representatives for border talks, have known each other for some time and this helped them focus on the nub of the matter straightaway.
Russia played a role in reducing tensions between India & China leading to the release of 10 Indian Army men.
China has not adopted any restrictive or discriminatory measures against Indian products and services, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng told reporters in an online briefing, adding that India's actions are in violation of WTO rules.
China shares its borders with 14 nations. (Not quite) surprisingly, it shares good ties with very few of them.
The negotiations could be protracted and may last for a while with PLA expanding its presence along LAC in Eastern Ladakh. PLA has increased military activity along LAC in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a slew of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery, and structures, according to reports.
China, sources said, is making unacceptable demands while the Indian position has been consistent that status quo ante has to be restored as the PLA has been the aggressor by moving its troops forward and setting up infrastructure across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Official sources said talks will now happen on a regular basis for implementation of the understandings the two countries have arrived at for de-escalation. Efforts were said to be underway to schedule another round of WMCC meeting as early as next week.
The hour when China phase will end was foretold, and also that India will take its place in due time. Will it?
China has claimed its sovereignty over the ‘Galwan Valley’, asking India to back off.
The growing presence of China in global trade has given her the status of the ‘world’s factory’.
Key metrics including manufacturing profits, capital expenditures and retail sales volumes remained at historically low levels and barely improved from those in the first quarter, CBB International said in a quarterly report based on a survey of more than 3,300 firms.
Delhi probes trade deals that are leading to preferential rates being lower on finished products.
If history is any guide, then the importance of the Galwan area to China has always been military, aimed at ensuring its dominance in that segment of the LAC. Back in 1962, the setting up of a post in Galwan under the famed ‘Forward Policy’ became a point of contention with China because it threatened the Chinese lines of communication to its post in Samzungling.
The Northern Command has reportedly started to kit its men in lightweight riot gear.
The economic loss that would result from war with a major trading partner is one factor that can stop skirmishes.
Beijing imposed an unprecedented lockdown on tens of millions of people in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei province in late January in a bid to smother the virus, and the number of new domestic infections has dwindled for weeks. Relief has been tempered, however, by caution over new risks: rising numbers of infected people arriving from abroad.
India-China begins de-escalation process, talks around de-induction resume. Series of meetings to happen in the coming weeks.TIMES NOW's Srinjoy Chowdhury with details.India-China start withdrawing troops from standoff positions
If there is one war that needs to be judged at this moment, it is the India-China war of 1962.
As military strategists try to make sense of the highly unusual timing of the current bout of Chinese aggression, clear hints have emerged that there could be more to it than just usual periodic adventurism by China's PLA.
India has further cranked up its operational military readiness all along the ‘northern borders’ after initially being caught off-guard by the well-planned multiple intrusions by Chinese soldiers early last month. Sources on Thursday said all Army units and IAF airbases geared towards the three sectors of the unresolved 3,488 km Line of Actual Control (LAC).
After the “positive” talks over border tensions between India and China, both the countries moved back their troops from multiple locations from Eastern Ladakh, top government sources told ANI on June 09. Ahead of the next round of talks, the Chinese Army retreated their soldiers from the Galwan Valley, PP-15 and Hot Springs in Eastern Ladakh by 2-2.5 kilometers. Border tensions between the two counties refueled last month after Indian and Chinese troops engaged in fist fighting in Sikkim and Ladakh. India, Chinese troops disengage at Eastern Ladakh, PLA moves back troops by 2-2.5 km
"Increased hospital traffic and symptom search data in Wuhan preceded the documented start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in December 2019," according to the research.
Any broader effort at restructuring supply chains is little more than wishful thinking so far, analysts say.
Despite sharing a 1,300-kilometer long border and strong trade ties with China, Vietnam managed to restrict its number of Covid-19 cases to 332 by acting early and swiftly. Pham Quang Thai, deputy head of epidemiology at Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, explains how the country got there in a Skype interview.
The evacuation began as several Indian cities have lifted lockdowns with the opening of restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship while curbs continue in severely hit regions.
A whitepaper by Chinese govt just gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay.
The snapping of mobile network in most of the villages a few days ago has fuelled rumours of a possible armed conflict and made locals anxious about their survival. The communication blackout has only amplified the fears of locals, who are not even able to communicate with patients, students and relatives stuck in other places due to Covid-19 pandemic.
While the activity, which seems to be a part of an air exercise being carried out by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, has not breached the 10 km no fly zone for fighter jets along the border, the IAF has stepped up its presence in the area as standard procedure.
The more immediate anger is trained on China’s treatment of Hong Kong. Whereas EU foreign ministers avoided any threat of sanctions & instead expressed 'grave concern' at Beijing’s actions in regard to the territory, the UK - which did not take part in the EU call since it is no longer a member of the bloc - stepped up with a concrete response.
There is a larger dynamic at work in the India-China confrontation in Ladakh, one where India faces a pushback for trying to use the communist giant’s new post-Covid vulnerabilities to reduce its ability to flex muscle on the regional and global stage. The LAC face-off may be resolved yet as the Chinese side has toned down its rhetoric but a strategic tussle is on.
Industry executives and observers say the ultimate outcome of all such calls will depend on whether there’s a substantial groundswell of anti-China opinion, enough to overcome Indian consumers’ traditional price sensitivity, which is strengthened by falling incomes.
The face-off between the Indian Army troops and soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues, but a silver lining after three tense weeks has been a slight decrease in forces on both sides. Top government sources said: “There has been a token reduction by both sides in some areas. It is just a goodwill gesture. We hope the same can happen in other areas. This happened last week.”India-China stand-off continues; reduction of forces a goodwill gesture
The government believes the issue of Chinese incursions can be resolved at the local level between military commanders. However, it is also prepared for a longer standoff. Indian & Chinese officials have been in constant touch in New Delhi and Beijing.
The comments by the Foreign Ministry spokesman came in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India will remain firm on the ground in the ongoing troop confrontations in eastern Ladakh where it said China has violated the unresolved boundary and obstructed Indian patrols even as New Delhi remains committed to a peaceful and diplomatic resolution. India will soon resume border infrastructure construction activities derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
India clearly doesn’t want to be drawn into a united front with those having serious problems with China.
Indian security sources say India should be prepared for more turbulence with China on the border. This is because, as a “second mover” India is playing catch-up to China’s own impressive border development works. In the past four years, India has stepped on the gas on border roads and landing strips, all along the LAC.
India will screen all foreign direct investment from countries with which it shares a land border.
Responding to a question on the flare-up of border tensions between India and China, Alice G Wells, the senior US diplomat for South and Central Asia, on Wednesday described Beijing's aggression as "not always rhetorical" and accused it of continuing with its "provocative and disturbing behaviour" to try to shift the status quo.
"We've had five plagues from China in the last 20 years. We've had SARS, avian flu, swine flu, COVID-19 now and how longer can the world put up with this terrible public health situation that you've got in the People's Republic of China that is being unleashed on the world," the top American official said.
Trump’s move to blame China for the Covid-19 outbreak is expected to worsen global trade ties.
Land has been one of the biggest hurdles for companies looking to invest in India.
India must woo all foreign investors, including the Chinese. But place strategic firms off bounds for takeovers.
Indian government has not prohibited such investments but only seeks to regulate them.
President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, January 20.
The country's National Health Commission (NHC) said that no new domestic cases of coronavirus have been reported but confirmed 39 imported infections as the government ramped up measures to strictly quarantine people coming from abroad to prevent a recurrence of the virus outbreak.
China saw an uptick in new cases on Thursday driven by more cases in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, where the virus is believed to have emerged in a market late last year.
"China's position on the eastern sector of the China-India boundary, or the southern part of China's Tibet region, is consistent and clear," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told online media briefing here on Thursday. China routinely objects to Indian leaders' visits to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its claims over it.
China's National Health Commission in its daily report on Monday said that 2,829 new cases of coronavirus were reported nationwide on February 2, taking the total number of infection to 17,205. The death toll rose to 361 with 57 deaths reported on Sunday, state-run Xinhua quoted the commission's report as saying.
Despite the global outcry over China's treatments of its minorities, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has chosen to remain tight-lipped on deplorable conditions of Uighur Muslims in China, saying Beijing is a "good friend" and has helped Islamabad in "most difficult situations". In an exclusive interview with German-based DW on January 16, Imran Khan spoke at length about the issue of Kashmir but he said Chinese are "sensitive" and that's why Islamabad avoids discussing the Uighur issue with them.Pakistan PM Imran Khan mum over treatment of Uighurs by 'good friend' China
"When the Sri Lankan government decided in 2002 to build a new port in Hambantota, China offered $1.1 billion in loans. It also supplied Chinese contractors. And when the port opened in late 2010 and immediately began losing money — so much that Sri Lanka couldn't even make interest payments on those loans — China offered a solution: foreclosure."
Wang told a China-India media forum on Monday that China was looking at “early harvest” in border negotiations.
Earlier an article in the Financial Times in July 2018 pointed out that 234 out of 1,674 Chinese-invested infrastructure projects announced in 66 Belt and Road countries since 2013 have encountered difficulties.
Three Indian warships on operational deployment to South East Asia and North West Pacific region will enter the Tien Sa Port (Danang) on Monday.
SCO members, including Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, “reaffirmed support” for the Belt and Road plan. India is the only member not mentioned.
This is the assessment of top Indian military commanders, who contend they are being realistic without any false bravado, even as PM Narendra Modi heads for China later this week to reset ties.