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12:11 AM

India-China tussle: Here're the latest updates

  • 1 Bihar to replace 16 Bihar regiment at Galwan Valley
  • First phase of disengagement completed at all the friction areas
  • India, China second round of military talks next week
  • India, China agree on complete disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh
  • India favourably considering Australia's entry into Malabar exercise
  • Chinese JV among six bidders for 44 Vande Bharat trains
  • China, India should be partners rather than rivals: Chinese Ambassador to India
10:42 PM

India favourably considering Australia's entry into Malabar exercise: Sources

  • India is favourably considering Australia's keen interest to be part of the next edition of the Malabar naval exercise which is scheduled to be held later this year, people familiar with the development said on Friday.
  • If India decides to include Australia in the exercise, then it will comprise all members of the "Quad" or Quadrilateral coalition which was set up with an aim to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and check China's increasing efforts to expand military influence in the region.
  • In November 2017, India, US, Japan and Australia gave shape to the long-pending "Quad" coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence.
  • India is favourably considering Australia's interest to be part of the Malabar exercise, the people cited above said, adding a formal decision is likely to be taken in the next couple of weeks.
  • The indication of India's willingness to include Australia in the Malabar exercise comes in the midst of a bitter border row between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
  • China has been suspicious about the purpose of the Malabar exercise as it feels that the annual war game is an effort to contain its influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • The Malabar exercise started in 1992 as a bilateral drill between the Indian Navy and the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. Japan became a permanent member of the exercise in 2015.
09:12 PM

Allow independent mission to identify incursion, intrusion, encroachment by China: Rahul to govt

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday urged the government to listen to defence veterans and allow an independent fact-finding mission to "identify incursion, intrusion and encroachment" by China.
  • He also asked the government to inform the country of the steps taken "to ensure no more Indian territory is taken by China".
  • "GOI (Government of India) must listen to the veterans and inform India of the steps taken to ensure no more Indian territory is taken by China. Allow an independent fact finding mission to identify incursion, intrusion and encroachment by China," the former Congress chief said on Twitter.
  • With the tweet, he also tagged a news report: "India-China Standoff: 144 Armed Forces Veterans Appeal for Accountability, Reforms".
08:50 PM

Chinese JV among six bidders for 44 Vande Bharat trains

  • Chinese state-owned CRRC Corporation has emerged as the only foreign player for the Railways' global tender for its ambitious semi-high speed indigenous Train 18 project, officials revealed on Friday.
  • CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, whose bid for the project is a joint venture of the Chinese firm CRRC Corporation Ltd with a Gurugram-based company according to its website, is one of the six contenders for the tender for procuring propulsion systems or electric traction kits for 44 trains to function as the Vande Bharat Express or Train 18.
  • The other contenders include Bharat Heavy Electricals, Hyderabad-based Medha Group, Electrowaves Electronic Pvt Ltd and Mumbai-based Powernetics Equipments Pvt Ltd.
  • Officials said going by the cost of manufacturing the first Train 18 which was launched last year at an expense of Rs 100 crore out of which Rs 35 crore was for the propulsion system alone, the present tender for 44 such kits would be worth over Rs 1,500 crore.
08:26 PM

India, China agree on complete disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh

  • India and China on Friday held a fresh round of diplomatic talks on the border row in eastern Ladakh and reaffirmed to ensure "complete disengagement" of the troops in the region for "full restoration" of peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs said the talks were held under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC).
  • It said the two sides reaffirmed to ensure complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC for "full restoration" of peace and tranquility in the border areas in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols.
  • "They also agreed that for the overall development of bilateral relations it was essential to maintain enduring peace and tranquillity in the border areas," the MEA said in a statement.
  • The Indian delegation at the online talks was led by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Chinese side was headed by the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department in China's foreign ministry.
07:48 PM

Rahul Gandhi

07:41 PM

China-India Talks

07:12 PM

Ladakh row figures in Rajnath's telephonic talks with US Defence Secretary

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a telephonic conversation with his US counterpart Mark T Esper during which India's border row with China in eastern Ladakh and the overall security scenario in the region figured prominently, people familiar with the development said.
  • Singh and Esper also deliberated on ways to further boost bilateral defence and security cooperation, they said, adding the telephonic conversation took place at the request of the US side.
  • China's aggressive posturing along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh was discussed, and Singh apprised the US defence secretary about India's position on the row, they said.
  • "The two ministers have been in regular touch with each other. They have spoken several times on bilateral defence cooperation and issues of mutual interest. Today's conversation was in continuation of this exchange," said a source.
  • The Indian and Chinese armies were locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last eight weeks. The tension escalated manifold after a violent clash in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.
Ladakh row figures in Rajnath's telephonic talks with US Defence Secretary
06:54 PM

Regional security situation

06:53 PM

Both sides agreed it was essential to maintain enduring peace in border areas for overall development of ties: MEA on talks with China

06:52 PM

The two sides will ensure complete disengagement of troops along LAC: MEA on diplomatic talks with China on border issue

06:50 PM

Both sides agreed to maintain communication at diplomatic, military level to ensure early resolution of situation: MEA on border talks

06:48 PM

India's border standoff with China figured in telephonic talks between Rajnath Singh, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper: Sources

06:23 PM

Another India-China meet on LAC, soon

06:22 PM

In diplomatic talks, India and China reviewed progress made in disengagement process along Line of Actual Control in western sector: MEA

06:19 PM

MEA on India-China meet

06:17 PM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds telephonic conversation with US Defence Secretary Mark T Esper: Sources

06:01 PM

China, India should be partners rather than rivals: Chinese Ambassador

  • China and India should be partners, rather than rivals, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said on Friday, noting that border question left over by history is "sensitive and complicated" and there was a need to find "a fair and reasonable solution mutually acceptable" through equal consultation and peaceful negotiation.
  • In video remarks titled `Implement Consensus and Handle Differences Properly to Bring China-India Relations Back on the Right Track' posted on the Chinese embassy website, Sun spoke of disruptions in the bilateral relationship and outlined five steps to clarify "some fundamental points".
  • He said China and India need peace rather than confrontation, need to pursue win-win cooperation instead of a zero-sum game, need to build trust, rather than suspicion and relations should move forward rather than backward.
  • He said pending an ultimate settlement to the boundary question, the two sides have agreed to work together to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
  • The Chinese ambassador began his remarks began by mentioning the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley and said it was a situation both countries will not like to see.
  • "On June 15, there was an incident causing casualties at the Galwan Valley in the western sector of the China-India border. It was a situation neither China nor India would like to see," he said.
  • Sun referred to July 5 conversation between Special Representatives of the China-India Boundary Question, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the positive consensus reached on easing the current border situation.
  • He said at the backdrop of what recently happened at the Galwan Valley, "some quarters in India raise doubts about the consensus reached by the two leaders, and have wrong perception of the direction of China-India relations".
05:37 PM

A roadmap for further disengagement and de-escalation will be taken up during the meeting between 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart of the South Xinjiang military region, officials said on the condition of anonymity. A date for the meeting will be decided in a day or two.

05:07 PM

In the midst of India's tense border standoff with China, US aerospace major Boeing delivered the final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force last month, and the fleet has now been part of the assets deployed in key air bases along the LAC, officials said on Friday.

04:52 PM

Tibetan Youth Congress burns Chinese flag, Xi Jinping's effigy during protest in Dharamshala, reports ANI.

04:27 PM

The next round of the Corps Commander level talks between the Indian and Chinese armies is likely to be held next week to discuss the next phase of the de-escalation process of the military build-up by the two countries along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

03:36 PM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held a telephonic conversation with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-Doo with a focus on further ramping up bilateral defence cooperation by launching joint production lines for military hardware and key platforms, officials said.

03:00 PM

Nepal cable TV operators stop airing Indian news channels, reports AP

  • Nepal's cable and satellite television providers have stopped airing Indian news channels, with one operator saying Friday that the move was in response to public complaints over coverage of Nepal's prime minister.
  • Sudeep Acharya, managing director of satellite television provider Dish Home, said they stopped airing the Indian news channels Thursday night after they were flooded with complaints about news reports about Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli.
  • Acharya said there was no government order to stop airing the channels, adding that the decision was made after discussions between cable and satellite television providers. It was not decided for how long they planned to stop airing the channels.Some of the Indian media reports have suggested Oli is a puppet of the Chinese government.
  • India had been a dominant force in Nepal until recently, when China's involvement began to grow.
  • Besides China's investment in the building of airports, highways and hydro-power projects in Nepal, Chinese diplomats have worked to increase ties with Nepali political leaders.
02:42 PM

Sino-Pak friendship

12:47 PM

Rajnath Singh holds telephonic conversation with South Korean Defence Min Jeong Kyeong-Doo

12:13 PM

1 Bihar to replace 16 Bihar regiment at Galwan Valley

  • The gallant 16 Bihar Regiment, which put up a strong fight at Galwan valley during the skirmish with Chinese troops on June 15, is moving out from its forward location to a peacetime station, having completed its tenure in eastern Ladakh.
  • The regiment was scheduled to leave the Galwan area in April but the movement was disrupted due to restriction on movements imposed to curb spread of coronavirus.
  • The peace location to which the unit is being shifted to is Hyderabad. Troops from the 16 Bihar Regiment led the charge in mid-June when a larger PLA formation attacked Col.
  • Babu who had gone to Patrol Point 14 to check the disengagement decided at Corps Commander level meetings. His small team was attacked when they reached the location which the PLA had to dismantle, as per discussion.
  • The team managed to take down an observation post that PLA had created at PP14.
11:20 AM

Rajnath Singh to meet CDS, three service chiefs on current situation on LAC

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday will meet Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and the three services chiefs to discuss the current situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.
  • The meeting will also review the overall security situation.
09:09 AM

In clear message to China, India to invite Australian Navy for Malabar drill

  • India plans to invite Australia to join the annual Malabar naval exercise that has so far included just Japan and the US, in a move that could risk China’s ire.
  • The decision to include Australia in the drills — the first time all members of the regional grouping known as the Quad will be engaged at a military level — comes as Beijing and New Delhi are caught up in their worst border tensions in four decades.
  • New Delhi is expected to clear the way next week for a formal invitation to Australia following final government clearance and consultations with the U.S. and Japan.
  • China has been uncomfortable with the informal coalition of four democracies, which was first formed in 2004 to help nations in the Indo-Pacific after the tsunami and revived in 2017.
  • India’s inclusion of Australia this year follows a defence agreement and upgrading ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
08:21 AM

Proud of India for standing up to Chinese aggression: US Senator

  • "I'm very proud of the fact that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi in India is standing up to them (China). I'm very proud of what Canada is doing. Not every country is running and hiding in the corner,” Republican Senator John Kennedy told Fox News in an interview.
  • US and the international community has to make the Chinese Communist Party understand that we expect them to play by the rules, he said.
  • China is the second largest economy. China uses its economic heft to bully other countries, and many other regions of the world are scared to stand up to them,” he said.
  • But there are some exceptions, Kennedy said. "Australia's standing up to them. India is standing up to them. Canada is standing up to them. We need to join with our allies, not limited to Europe, and say to China, look, you are going to play by the rule. Or we're not going to do business with you. That is all they will understand,” he asserted.
06:47 AM

First phase of disengagement completed at all the friction areas

  • As part of the first phase of disengagement, Chinese troops have moved back from Finger 4 to Finger 5 in the Finger area.
  • They have already moved back by around two kilometres in the other friction points including Galwan valley, Hot Springs and Patrolling Point-15, a top government sources told ANI.
  • The Indian side has also moved back as per the mutual disengagement agreed upon during the Corps Commander-level talks.
  • The vacant spaces will be treated as temporary non-patrolling zones by both sides and their troops will not come there.
  • In the Finger area, the Chinese have moved back to Finger 5 while the Indian side has moved back to the Dhan Singh Thapa post near Finger 3.
06:46 AM

India, China second round of military talks next week

  • The second round of disengagement will focus on talks about moving back to permanent locations as per the discussions between NSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart.
  • Corps Commander-level talks will take place between the two armies after meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination.
  • The delegates of both countries will discuss about removing tanks, artillery and additional forces in forward positions.
06:45 AM

US imposes sanctions on 3 Chinese officials for human rights violations in Xinjiang

  • "The United States is taking action today against the horrific and systematic abuses in Xinjiang and calls on all nations who share our concerns about the CCP's attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms to join us in condemning this behaviour,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
  • In a separate statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world.
  • Pompeo also placed additional visa restrictions on other CCP officials believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the unjust detention or abuse of Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang.
06:44 AM

Chinese, Indian border troops taken 'effective measures' to disengage along LAC: China

  • Chinese and Indian troops have taken "effective measures" to disengage at the Galwan Valley and other areas along the LAC in eastern Ladakh and the situation is "stable and improving.
  • China said the two sides will continue dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels including by holding meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultations and Coordination (WMCC) on the Sino-Indian border affairs.
  • “We hope India will work together with us to take concrete action and implement the consensus reached and jointly work for de-escalation along the border,” a spokesman said.
06:44 AM

Uttarakhand won't use Chinese equipments, devices: Rawat

  • We had already taken the decision that we will not use Chinese equipment and devices," Uttarakhand CM Rawat said in a press conference.
  • After the Centre banned 59 Chinese apps, he said that the people have begun using Indian apps in large number in the country.
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