India’s internal situation, from Gorkhaland to Kashmir, has become more fragile than it has been in a decade. The Chinese might think it is easier to put an Indian government on the back foot, and in part that seems to be the intention. India has to find that sweet spot where it can signal that it cannot be pushed around easily.
The elevation of Chen Miner, a trusted confidant of Xi, is a sign the president is flexing his political muscles as he manoeuvres to line up a new Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of political power in China.
Before Beijing closed the door to the US beef some 14 years ago, America exported beef worth USD 70 million to China. “After 14 years, US beef hits Chinese market. Trade deal an exciting opportunity for agriculture,” Trump told his followers on twitter.
Sikkim standoff: China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng’s comments came as Chinese state-run media ratcheted up rhetoric against India over the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam. In a commentary, state-run Xinhua said that India had “blatantly” trespassed on sovereign Chinese territory.
India too has not described the interaction, which included a handshake, as a “bilateral meeting” but said that “a range of issues” were discussed by the two leaders. The Indian side has said that the interaction lasted five minutes.
India-China standoff: To the exclusion of its territorial disputes with India and Bhutan, China has settled all its other land boundary disputes. In contrast, it has resolved none of its maritime border disputes, with the honorable exception of the Gulf of Tonkin dispute with Vietnam.
The tone was kept positive on the first day of the G20 meeting by Modi, as he “appreciated” momentum in the BRICS bloc under the Chinese chairmanship and extended full cooperation for the grouping’s upcoming summit to be hosted by Beijing.
Full text: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for expeditious action to establish BRICS rating agency and stated that cooperation on development of Africa should be a priority. He also called for greater people-to-people exchanges.
G20 Summit in Hamburg: Extraordinary security has been deployed at the venue and around the city in view of the protests by various rights groups including anti-capitalist factions. Nearly 15,000 personnel are protecting the venue and an additional 4,000 men watching over airport and train stations in the city.
G20 Summit: The meeting assumes significance as it comes a day after a top Chinese official said the “atmosphere” is “not right” for a bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Summit.
The United States said on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile programme but said it preferred global diplomatic action against it for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.
At least 30 protests are expected to be held here ahead of the Summit that may attract thousands of people, including from anti-capitalist groups. Local authorities expect these protests to remain peaceful and around 15,000 police personnel will be deployed to protect the venue.
Xi and Putin once again slammed the US THAAD missile system installed in South Korea to protect against the North, Xinhua said
Xi said that China attaches great importance to Trump’s reaffirmation that US will adhere to the ‘One China’ policy. China hopes that US will handle the Taiwan issue appropriately in accordance with ‘One China’ principle and the three China-US joint communiques, Xi said.
It was the second “freedom-of-navigation operation,” or “fonop,” conducted during the presidency of Donald Trump, following a drill in late May in which a U.S. warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea.