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Why PM did not name China, again: P Chidambaram
P Chidambaram questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not naming China as an "aggressor" while speaking in Leh during the day, wondering aloud if he had done otherwise in his telephonic talks with US and Russian presidents.
"For the third time in a week, the PM did not name China as the aggressor. Why? What is the purpose of talking about an unnamed 'enemy' to the people of India and the jawans in Ladakh?" the senior Congress leader tweeted.
Influential US senator says America supports India against Chinese aggression
An influential American Senator said that the US stands with India against the Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control, commending the Indian government for the continued efforts to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the boundary issue.
Republican Senator Rick Scott, in a letter dated July 2 to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed his condolences on the loss of lives of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley.
“The United States stands with India as you fight against the Communist China's aggression and I commend your continued efforts to negotiate a peaceful resolution,” Scott said in the letter tweeted on Friday.
True leadership in action: Nadda on PM's visit to Ladakh
BJP leaders hailed PM Narendra Modi's visit to Ladakh, with party president J P Nadda saying his "words give words to the emotion of 130 crore Indians and act as a great morale booster for our armed forces".
"Veer bhogya vasundhara. PM Narendra Modi's words give words to the emotion of 130 crore Indians and act as a great morale booster for our armed forces! True leadership in action!" Nadda said in a tweet after Modi addressed soldiers in Ladakh's Nimu.
"Veer bhogya vasundhara" is a Hindi idiom that means that the brave will inherit the earth.
PM Modi pays tributes to the army martyrs at a memorial in Ladakh
PM Modi, who flew to Nimu in Ladakh this morning at 6:30 am, returned at 5 pm to Delhi
The braves who left us, they didn’t depart without reason, all of you gave a befitting reply
- PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi interacting with the soldiers
I feel that all of us should be behind the Prime Minister and DMK party will fully support PM on China's issue
- Kalanidhi Veeraswamy, DMK MP
India will never bow down to any world power: PM Modi to soldiers
China says neither side should not complicate border situation
As PM Modi undertook a surprise visit to eastern Ladakh to meet troops amid a bitter Sino-India military standoff, China said neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation.
Modi visited Leh where he interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP. During his interaction, Modi, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Narvane, said the era of expansionism is over and that India's enemies have seen the "fire and fury" of its armed forces.
Reacting to Modi's visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that, "China and India are in communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation."
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American political scientist Edward Luttwak said that Chinese Communist Party leaders laughed off the threat of economic retaliation by India for the Ladakh attack. However, Tik Tok, the most profitable app banned by New Delhi, now estimates its losses at USD 6 billion.
PM Modi addresses troops in Ladakh: Watch highlights
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Indian Army soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi met soldiers, who were injured in #GalwanValleyClash of June 15, in Leh. https://t.co/1tYkviQrCE
Amid the prolonged confrontation at the LAC and Chinese belligerence, there is an ongoing debate within intelligentsia for India to rethink its One China Policy including Tibet.
"Days of expansionism are over. Expansionism creates danger for world peace. This is an era of development. Expansionist force have either lost or forced to turn back,'' PM Modi said in an oblique reference to China.
The confrontation along the LAC between India and China is the result of Beijing wanting to punish New Delhi for rejecting the multinational infrastructure programme -- Belt and Road Initiative -- and has nothing to do with the border dispute between the two countries, according to a veteran Swedish journalist, Bertil Lintner.
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.
China sends warning to India amid border clash fallout
China is warning India against making a "strategic miscalculation'' following a bloody clash between forces from the two nuclear-armed Asian giants along their disputed border.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called on India to "work with China to safeguard the overall situation of bilateral relations'' and criticized Indian officials for making what he called irresponsible remarks.
"India should not make a strategic miscalculation on China,'' Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.
China will take necessary measures to protect the legal interests of Chinese firms operating in #India, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday. India banned 59 apps from China on Monday.
"Age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back," PM Modi in Ladakh.
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No party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point.
- Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
PM Modi's visit to Leh sends good message of solidarity with troops: Shiv Sena leader
Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Leh, Ladakh is important and it sends a good message of solidarity to the troops.
"PM Modi's visit to Leh is important and sends a good message of solidarity with the troops especially after his comments on June 19th. If he was criticised for that, he must be acknowledged for this," Chaturvedi tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a surprise visit to Ladakh and was briefed by senior officers in Nimmoo amid ongoing tension with China. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
He reached Nimmoo, early morning today and interacted with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel.
Located at 11,000 feet, it is among the tougher terrains, surrounded by Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.
China on PM Modi's Ladakh visit
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India not to import power equipment from China: RK Singh
Power minister RK Singh on Friday said that India will import power equipment from China, amid border standoff with China.
During a virtual press conference with state counterparts, he also asserted that the equipment import from China and Pakistan would not be permitted especially on the basis of inspection.
He further said state discoms should not give orders for supply of equipment to Chinese firms.
"We manufacture everything here. India imported Rs 71,000 crore worth power equipment including Rs 21,000 crore from China," Singh said in the state energy ministers conference chaired by him this morning in his opening remarks.
PM Modi and Vladimir Putin discuss S-400, strategic ties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with President Vladimir Putin after the “successful completion of the vote on constitutional amendments in Russia”. Modi was the first world leader to speak to Putin after the vote, which would allow him to extend his rule until 2036.
The two leaders, according to sources, discussed supplies of key defence platforms, including S-400. The dialogue follows defence minister Rajnath Singh’s recent Moscow visit, which saw India requesting Russia for early supply of military equipment amid standoff with China along the LAC.
Russia has emerged as a key point of contact amidst the tension with China along the LAC.
China's CPC acting 'aggressively' in neighbourhood, essentially 'invaded' India: Top US Senator
The ruling Communist Party of China is acting "aggressively" in its neighbourhood and it essentially "invaded" India, killing 20 of its soldiers, a top American Senator has said.
In the last several weeks, more than a dozen US lawmakers have spoken against the Chinese aggression against India and have come out in support of New Delhi.
"All across the periphery, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is acting aggressively. It's essentially invaded India and killed 20 Indian soldiers," Senator Tom Cotton said on the Senate floor on Thursday.
In the South China Sea, it has attacked or otherwise threatened developments from Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. It has increasingly encroached on Taiwanese and Japanese airspace, the Republican Senator said.
China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it.
In Hong Kong, the newly-imposed security law proves most clearly that the Chinese Communist Party will not abide by its commitments whether to its own people or to foreign nations, Cotton said.
China resorting to confrontation along LAC to punish India for rejecting BRI: Swedish journalist
The confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China is the result of Beijing wanting to punish New Delhi for rejecting the multinational infrastructure programme -- Belt and Road Initiative -- and has nothing to do with the border dispute between the two countries, according to a veteran Swedish journalist.
In an interview to The Irrawaddy, Bertil Lintner said that China is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, flexing its muscles in the Indo-Pacific region with a new security law in Hong Kong, Chinese fighter jets entering Taiwan's airspace, the ramming of Vietnamese and Philippine fishing boats in the disputed South China Sea, a month-long standoff between a Malaysian oil exploration vessel and a Chinese survey ship in the same waters, and an open confrontation with the Indians along the LAC.
"First of all, the confrontation along the LAC between India and China has nothing to do with the border as such, if it should be on this or that barren rock in an uninhabited area," he said.
"It is a question of strategic rivalries between Asia's two giants and, more specifically, China's wanting to punish India for rejecting its multinational infrastructure programme, the BRI, and show the neighbours who rule the roost in the region," he added.
China wants to become the world's leading superpower, and those aggressive postures and the more "benign" BRI are part of that long-term strategy, he said.
Tensions have been escalating along the LAC since May. The Chinese and Indian troops had engaged in a number of confrontations along the LAC.
Watch: PM briefed by senior officials in Nimmoo, Ladakh
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi briefed by senior officials in Nimmoo, Ladakh https://t.co/uTWaaCwUVL
PM Modi's visit comes just a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called off his own visit to Ladakh. Singh was to visit Eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed at the hostile border on Friday. He had plans to interact with the soldiers injured during the barbaric attack carried out by Chinese People's Liberation Army on June 15. In the attack, India lost 20 soldiers and Chinese Army too had casualties, figures still unknown.
On June 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that the sacrifice made by 20 soldiers who went down fighting against the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at Galwan Valley on June 15 night "will not go in vain".
He also said that while India wants peace, it will give a "befitting reply" if provoked. "India's integrity and sovereignty is supreme for us, and no one can stop us from defending it. Nobody should have any iota of doubt about this," said Modi. "Indian troops went down fighting (maarte, maarte mare hain)," he had said.
Modi also said that the whole country is with the families of those who sacrificed their lives for the country. "India will defend every stone every inch of its territory. India is a peace-loving country which has always tried to maintain cooperative and friendly relations with neighbours."
India banning Chinese apps effective way to impose costs on China for its actions at border: Expert
India's decision to ban Chinese apps seems to be an effective way to impose costs on China for its actions at the border and inhibit its ability to exert influence and access information inside the country, a well-known American expert on South Asia has said.
India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including the hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, for engaging in "activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order".
The ban also comes in the backdrop of the current stand-off along the Line of Actual control in eastern Ladakh with Chinese troops.
"I think the Indian government was looking for ways to respond to Chinese provocations at the LAC (Line of Actual Control) and they settled on hitting China in the technology sector, where there were already mounting concerns about Chinese espionage and national security threats," Jeff Smith, South Asia Research Fellow at the prestigious Heritage Institute think-tank said.
The situation at the India-China border remains tense after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off in the Galwan valley on June 15-16 when Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.
Meanwhile, General Rawat's visit holds importance since it comes in the wake of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to Ladakh being rescheduled.
Earlier, the Defence Minister was scheduled to visit Ladakh today to review the preparedness of the army amid the ongoing standoff with China.
India and China have been involved in talks to ease the ongoing border tensions since last month.
PM Narendra Modi in Ladakh, accompanied by CDS Bipin Rawat and Army chief
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a surprise visit to Ladakh and was briefed by senior officers at a forward position in Nimu amid ongoing tension with China. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
Sources had earlier informed about CDS Rawat's visit to Leh today. General Rawat's visit holds importance since it comes in the wake of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's visit to Ladakh being rescheduled.
Earlier, the Defence Minister was scheduled to visit Ladakh today to review the preparedness of the army amid the ongoing standoff with China.
In Pics: PM Modi's surprise visit
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PM Narendra Modi is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu. He reached there early in the morning.
He is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP.
Located at 11,000 feet, this is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.
China under Xi stepped up 'aggressive' foreign policy towards India: Congressional commission report
China under President Xi Jinping has stepped up its "aggressive" foreign policy toward India and "resisted" efforts to clarify the Line of Actual Control that prevented a lasting peace from being realised, according to a report released by a US Congress appointed commission.
The armies of India and China have been locked in a bitter standoff at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks, and the tension escalated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley on June 15.
“Under General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Xi Jinping, Beijing has stepped up its aggressive foreign policy toward New Delhi. Since 2013, China has engaged in five major altercations with India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC),” said a brief issued by US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
"Beijing and New Delhi have signed a series of agreements and committed to confidence-building measures to stabilise their border, but China has resisted efforts to clarify the LAC, preventing a lasting peace from being realised,” said the report and was prepared at the request of the Commission to support its deliberations.
Want to delve deeper into 'Make in India' strategy: OnePlus
Despite a surge in anti-China sentiment in the country, a top executive of smartphone brand OnePlus said on Friday that the company has commenced manufacturing TVs in India and remains committed to achieving long-term growth as it seeks to integrate and delve deeper into the Make in India strategy.
The company on Thursday launched OnePlus TV U Series and Y Series packed with smart features which will enable users to pair with up to five devices at the same time.
The premium handset maker also announced this week that its first smartphone in the affordable segment, OnePlus Nord, will be initially launched in India and Europe.
Chinese app ban may hinder business communication
The ban on Chinese apps will make it difficult for Indian exporters to strike contract deals with China as they use these apps for business communication, especially since the Chinese government forbids alternatives such as WhatsApp, Google and Facebook, said industry executives.
Traders use WeChat, Mi Video and QQ Mail, which figure in India’s negative list, to do business with China. Translated texts, pictures and videos shared through these apps helped traders from both the countries share documents, send pictures of consignments and overcome language barriers.
India’s cotton and cotton yarn exporters are worried because China absorbs a quarter of the shipments of these products from the country. Bangladesh is the biggest consumer for Indian cotton, followed by China, Vietnam and Indonesia. Some traders fear that China may increase import duties on Indian products.
Early signs of incursion by Chinese in August 2019: A local
A resident of Durbok claimed that early signs of aggression around the Galwan Valley and DBO sector of eastern Ladakh were reported in August 2019.The resident claimed that the "Army was informed that Chinese troops had taken away" his two horses when they were grazing in the Indian territory.
However, the resident claimed he was asked to remain silent over the issue and was promised compensation, which he hasn’t received till now.