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India-China news HIGHLIGHTS: At all-party meet, PM Modi says no one entered our border

India-China Border News Live Highlights: In a major development from the ground zero, the Chinese army on Thursday evening returned from its custody 10 Indian soldiers, including four officers, involved in Monday's violent showdown in the Galwan Valley.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2020 9:14:08 am
India-China border news Live Updates: PM Modi to hold all-party meeting shortly New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi folds his hands in solidarity for the sacrifices of soldiers along the border with China, during an interaction with chief ministers and representatives of 14 states and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on COVID-19 preparedness via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (PIB/PTI Photo)

At the all-party meeting convened to discuss the tense border situation with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said there was no intrusion by Chinese troops across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). “Neither has anyone entered our border nor has any of our posts been in the possession of anyone else,” the Prime Minister told presidents of various political parties in the virtual meeting. Stating that India has “never accepted any external pressure”, PM Modi said, “Whatever construction of infrastructure is necessary for national security, it will continue to be carried forward at a similar pace.”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, posed several questions before the government, enquiring whether the military intelligence alerted the government about the intrusion and the build-up of Chinese forces along the LAC. “Did our external intelligence agencies not report any unusual activity along the LAC? Did the Military Intelligence not alert the government about the intrusion and the build-up of massive forces along the LAC? In the government’s considered view, was there a failure of intelligence?,” Gandhi asked.

In a major development from the ground zero, the Chinese army on Thursday evening returned from its custody 10 Indian soldiers, including four officers, involved in Monday’s violent showdown in the Galwan Valley. The soldiers were returned on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) following hectic negotiations between the two sides, including three rounds of talks at the Major General level. This was the first time after the 1962 Sino-India War that Indian soldiers were taken into custody by the Chinese side.

In the worst flare-up on the LAC in more than five decades, 20 Indian Army personnel, including the commanding officer of 16 Bihar, were killed Monday night in the Galwan valley where disengagement of troops on either side was underway. This is the first time in the last 45 years that Indian or Chinese troops have been killed on the LAC.

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India-China Border news Live Updates: PM chairs all-party meeting to discuss LAC situation following violent Galwan faceoff with Chinese troops. Track all the latest developments below

02:22 (IST)20 Jun 2020
Build global pressure on China, keep talks going: ex-diplomats

India must build up international pressure on China, both politically and economically, while working towards a resolution of the Galwan valley standoff, former diplomats have said.

Calling this standoff one of the biggest challenges faced by the NDA government, K C Singh, a former diplomat, said it calls for a complete rethink of India’s China policy. G Parthasarthy, a former diplomat and strategy expert, said China’s occupation of the Galwan valley has geopolitical consequences and we are in for a long haul.

00:44 (IST)20 Jun 2020
Telangana: KCR announces Rs 5 crore compensation to deceased Col

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who was criticised for not attending the funeral of Colonel B Santosh Babu, announced Rs 5 crore compensation to the family, besides a residential plot, and Group 1 Job for his wife. The CM also announced that he would visit the family of Santosh Kumar. The CM also announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to 19 other fallen soldiers through the Union Defence Ministry. 

00:37 (IST)20 Jun 2020
Do you really have an option if you want to boycott Chinese phones? Well, no

Ever since tensions between India and China escalated, there has been a call, especially on social media, for a boycott of Chinese products, including smartphones. However, this is easier said than done and industry experts believe the anti-China sentiments won’t sustain beyond a few weeks as consumers have no other options at the moment.

“In the short term, there wouldn’t be any impact because people have to buy phones and a majority of phones in the market out there are Chinese phones,” Rushabh Doshi, Research Director, Canalys, told Indianexpress.com over a phone call. READ MORE

23:25 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Amid border tensions with China, IPL governing body to review sponsorship deals

Taking note of the border skirmish with China, the IPL Governing Council has convened a meeting next week to review IPL’s various sponsorship deals.

23:17 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Jharkhand govt to give free plot of land to kin of deceased soldiers

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the "dependents" of the fallen soldiers--Sepoy Kundan Ojha and Ganesh Hansda-will get all the facilities from the government and a plot of land. CM Soren said that the state will urge the Petroleum Ministry to allot petrol pumps to the family members of the soldiers.

21:49 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Other key highlights from PM Modi's address

"Certainly, what the Chinese have done on LAC, the whole country is hurt, angry. This feeling has been shown repeatedly through you all during our discussion," PM Modi said at the all-party meet.

"I am also assuring you that our army is leaving no stone unturned to protect the country. Be it deployment, action, counter-action, in the water-sky, our forces are doing what they have to do to protect the country," PM Modi said.

"Today, we have this capability that no one can see us with an inch towards the ground. Today India's forces, in different sectors, are also able to move together," PM Modi said.

"India wants peace and friendship, but protecting its sovereign is paramount for us. And you all have expressed the same sentiment," PM said.

"Over the years, the country has given priority to infrastructure development in border areas to secure its borders. We have also laid a lot of emphasis on other requirements of our forces, such as Fighter Planes, modern helicopters, missile defense systems, etc.," PM said.

"Be it trade, connectivity, counter terrorism, India has never accepted any external pressure. Whatever is necessary for national security, whatever is the construction of necessary infrastructure, it will continue to be carried forward at a similar pace," PM said.

"I again assure all of you, all political parties, that our forces are fully capable of defending the borders. We have given them complete leeway to take appropriate action," PM concluded.

21:01 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Neither anyone has intruded into our territory nor took over any post: PM Modi

Addressing the all-party meeting on the LAC situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said neither have the Chinese intruded into the Indian territory nor has any post been taken over by them. "20 of our jawans were martyred, but those who dared Bharat Mata, they were taught a lesson," PM Modi was quoted as saying by ANI. The Prime Minister said that Indian armed forces are doing what they have to do to protect the country, whether it is deployment, action or counter-action.

20:14 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Resolve Indo-China standoff through dialogue: Ex-Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

Former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar has said that the LAC crisis should be addressed and resolved through proper dialogue between both India and China. In a video made available to the media today, Sarkar said, “There was an unprecedented incident two days back in the Indo-China border. Twenty Indian soldiers were martyred there. We pay our respects to them and express condolences to their bereaved families”. He further said that the standoff between India and China can only be resolved through a "proper dialogue". He also advised all Indians to stand together in unity, solidarity among themselves to maintain peace, integrity and sovereignty.

Debraj Deb reports from Agartala

20:08 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Telangana CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 6.9 crore for families of Galwan bravehearts

Telangana Chief Minister K C Chandrasekhar Rao announced a compensation of Rs 5 crore, a house, and Group-1 job to the widow of Colonel Santosh Babu who lost his life in the violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley, along with 19 others. He also announced Rs 10 lakh assistance to the families of 19 other soldiers who were killed in the LAC showdown.

19:47 (IST)19 Jun 2020
From Mamata to Nitish Kumar, here is what major political leaders said at all-party meet

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee: "China is not a democracy.They are a dictatorship.They can do what they feel. We, on the other hand, have to work together. India will win, China will lose. Speak with unity. Think with unity. Work with unity. We are solidly with the Govt". 

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar: "There is nationwide anger against China. There should be no differences among us. We are together". "Goods from China flooding Indian markets have major problems. They're plastic heavy, aren't eco-friendly and they harm environment. Electronic waste associated with them is high. Chinese products don’t even last long. It's our duty to be one and support the Centre". 

Meghalaya CM and NPP chief Conrad Sangma: "Infrastructure work along the border should not stop. China sponsored activities in Myanmar and Bangladesh is worrying. PM Modi has been working on Northeast infra and it must go on". 

DMK chief MK Stalin: "We are united when it comes to patriotism". He also welcomed the recent statements by the PM on China issue.

TRS Chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao said the PM's clarity on Kashmir and his emphasis on Kashmir's development has angered China. He also stressed that the PM's call of Atmanirbhar Bharat has rattled China.

BJD's Pinaki Misra: "Strong action will have to be initiated (against China). Whatever that action may be, the BJD will fully support the government".

CPI's D Raja said, "We need to resist US efforts to drag us into their alliance" while CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechuri stressed on the principles of Panchsheel pact.

Source: ANI

19:10 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Nation needs assurance of status quo ante restoration: Sonia Gandhi at all-party meet

Posing several questions, Congress president Sonia Gandhi enquired whether the military intelligence alerted the government about the intrusion and the build-up of Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control. "Did our external intelligence agencies not report any unusual activity along the LAC? Did the Military Intelligence not alert the government about the intrusion and the build-up of massive forces along the LAC? In the government’s considered view, was there a failure of intelligence?," Sonia Gandhi asked the government at the all-party meeting.

She also asked the government on the roadmap ahead and stressed that the entire country would like an assurance that status quo ante would be restored and that China will revert back to the original position on the LAC.

18:49 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Amid LAC tension, IAF chief pays quiet visit to Leh, Srinagar

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria paid a two-day visit to Leh and Srinagar to oversee preparedness of the IAF in view of the massive escalation in tension with China following the violent Galwan Valley clash that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead and 76 injured, news agency PTI reported quoting its military sources. The Indian Air Force has put all its frontline bases along the 3,500-km de-facto border with China on high alert .

18:21 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Video: PM chairs all-party meet on LAC situation

The all-party meeting, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the tense situation on the border with China, is presently underway. The meeting has been called upon to build much-needed domestic political consensus on the explosive situation.

18:03 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Mizoram stands with nation in this uncalled crisis, CM Zoramthanaga tweets

Paying homage to the fallen soldiers in the Galwan valley, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted that his state stands with the nation in this time of uncalled crisis. He is presently attending an all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the tense border situation with China.

17:37 (IST)19 Jun 2020
PM's all-party meeting begins

An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation along the India-China border is currently underway. Presidents of various political parties, including the BJP, Congress, TMC, AIADMK, DMK, TRS, JD(U), BJD, LJP, BSP, SP, Shiv Sena and NCP among others, are taking part in this virtual meeting. PTI

17:28 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Tone down nationalist rhetoric: Ex-PM Devegowda to govt

Appreciating PM Modi's decision to call for an all-party meeting, former prime minister H D Devegowda and JD(S) chief has listed a couple of suggestions.

  • "A senior serving military officer and a senior serving diplomat should make a detailed presentation to opposition leaders on the ground situation and the progress of talks. The demand here is not for classified details, but truthful information."
  • "In order to ensure that we do not escalate matters, I sincerely urge that nationalist rhetoric should be toned down. This is not the time for a language of provocation and revenge. Media outlets spreading fake information and cheap rhetoric endanger the lives of our soldiers and diplomatic staff. By this I do not mean that critical mainstream opinions, analyses, and reporting should be stopped."
  • "I would also urge my colleagues in the opposition not to use intemperate language. This is an hour for co-operation."
  • "In recent times, there is an effort to politicise the armed forces. This is dangerous. They should be allowed to remain a professional force. It is important to institute an enquiry on the deaths of soldiers in the Galwan valley."
  • "The government should also not encourage reactionary language of economic boycott. Its implications are deep."
17:08 (IST)19 Jun 2020
AAP not invited for all-party meeting called by PM Modi: party leaders

The AAP has not been invited to an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the border conflict with China, two senior party leaders claimed on Friday. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the party has a government in Delhi and in Punjab, it is the main opposition party, but still the BJP does not want its opinion on such an important matter. "The BJP government at the Centre should take everyone along on a serious issue like national security. It is unfortunate for democracy that a three-time chief minister has not called for suggestions on an important subject," Singh told reporters. Singh further said the sacrifice of Indian soldiers should not go in vain. "The government must avenge the martyrdom of our soldiers. "The government should immediately take back the land that China has acquired from India," he said. "Not giving the country correct information on the border dispute is a big betrayal with the country. "Why did the central government hide information from the country, the central government will have to answer," he said.

14:31 (IST)19 Jun 2020
RJD fumes over not being invited to PM's all-party meeting

The RJD took exception to not being invited to the all-party meeting, saying the "largest" party in Bihar was ignored. Tejashwi Yadav, leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, expressed dismay that his party was ignored despite having five members in Parliament and being "the largest in Bihar". "We want (Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh ji to clarify why RJD has not been invited," Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency PTI in Patna. Manoj Jha, RJD's national spokesman and a Rajya Sabha member, tweeted that "the untenable logic of FIVE MEMBERS gets exposed" and cited the examples of Telugu Desam Party, Apna Dal, Shiromani Akali Dal, CPI and National Conference which have been invited to the all-party meeting despite having fewer number of MPs than the RJD. "There is more to it than what meets the eye," added Jha, whose party has been staunchly opposed to BJP ever since its foundation three decades ago. Misa Bharti, Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter and Rajya Sabha member, shared a tweet "jo sawaal daagenge, sahib usse bhaagenge (those in power try to avoid those who pose questions)".

14:15 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Bodies of 3 soldiers reach Chandigarh, CM Amarinder pays tributes

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today paid floral tributes to three Indian army personnel, who died fighting the Chinese in Galwan Valley. The mortal remains of sepoys Gurbinder Singh (Sangrur), Gurtej Singh (Mansa) and sepoy Ankush Thakur (Hamirpur, HP) were brought to the Chandigarh Air Force station from Leh and will be taken by road to their native places in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh later. "Laying a wreath on the mortal remains of Sepoys Gurbinder Singh from Sangrur, Gurtej Singh from Mansa & Ankush from Hamirpur, HP at Chandigarh. Salute their supreme sacrifice at this young age. The nation is forever indebted. Jai Hind!" Singh tweeted. "The bodies were brought from Leh to Chandigarh. We paid our tributes. The mortal remains of two soldiers from Punjab and one from Himachal Pradesh will be taken to their native places," Singh told reporters while coming out from the Air Force station.

13:51 (IST)19 Jun 2020
End ‘Hindi-Cheeni bhai-bhai’ charade, fix responsibility for Galwan: Captain

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Thursday demanded accountability for the loss of lives in the clash, and said the whole nation was expecting a befitting response from the government to this horrific attack on its men. “Our soldiers at the front should be clearly told that if they kill one of ours, you kill three of theirs,” said Amarinder in a statement issued Thursday. Calling for an end to the ‘Hindi-Cheeni bhai bhai’ charade, the Chief Minister said India should not chicken out on this issue. “If China is a world power, then so are we,” he declared, adding that “60 years of diplomacy has not worked and it is time to tell them that enough is enough.” 

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The Army said there were casualties on both sides. Beijing was silent on PLA losses. The Monday night incident, according to officers, took place in the area between the LAC and junction of Galwan and Shyok rivers to the west. Talks between the two sides on disengagement in the Galwan valley area were held at Patrolling Point (PP) 14 which lies close to where the LAC crosses the Galwan river.

Officers said that, as part of de-escalation, the two sides had agreed to create a ‘buffer zone’ – a no-man’s land – between the LAC and the junction of Galwan and Shyok rivers. The Indian side was supposed to stay to the west of the river junction and the Chinese to the east of the LAC — to prevent faceoffs.

An argument, officers said, started over the position of Chinese soldiers who had started erecting a new post on the southern bank of Galwan river in this ‘buffer zone’. When the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar and his troops insisted that the Chinese remove the post, the situation quickly escalated, leading to physical violence. The Chinese side, officers said, used sticks, clubs, bats, bamboos with nails during the fight and the Indian side too retaliated.

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