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India-China News Highlights: ‘Both nations don’t need help from outside,’ says Russian Foreign Minister

"I don’t think that India and China need any help from the outside. I don’t think they need to be helped, especially when it comes to country issues. They can solve them on their own, it means the recent event," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2020 9:24:44 am
India-China Border news Live Updates: An army convoy moves along the Srinagar- Leh highway leading to Ladakh, at Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Russia on Tuesday ruled out mediating between India and China following the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley, saying the two nations do not need any kind of assistance to resolve their disputes.

“I don’t think that India and China need any help from the outside. I don’t think they need to be helped, especially when it comes to country issues. They can solve them on their own, it means the recent event,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting.

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On the other hand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, in the presence of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi,  underlined the need for recognising legitimate interest of partners in a multilateral set-up and following ethos of international relations.

Meanwhile, at the Corps Commander level talks held between the two sides and which ran for over 10 hours, sources have said they were conducted in a “cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere,” and “there was a mutual consensus to disengage with modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh being discussed and that they will be taken forward by both sides.”

At the Congress Working Committee meeting today, party president Sonia Gandhi blamed the “wrong policies” and mismanagement of Narendra Modi-led NDA government for much of the border crisis. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh endorsed Gandhi’s remarks and said that if the crisis on the border is not tackled firmly, it can lead to a “serious situation.”

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Highlights: Mutual consensus to disengage, way forward discussed during talks, say sources; Rajnath Singh reaches Moscow for trilateral meet with Beijing; S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet today at RIC talks.

17:05 (IST)23 Jun 2020
In presence of Chinese FM, Jaishankar says need to follow ethos of international relations

Meanwhile, addressing a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday underlined the need for recognising legitimate interest of partners in a multilateral set-up and following ethos of international relations. In the presence of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Jaishankar said, “This special meeting reiterates our belief in the time-tested principles of international relations. But the challenge today is not just one of concepts and norms, but equally of their practice.”

This was Jaishankar’s first face-to-face meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after the violent face-off in the Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Commanding Officer, were killed. READ FULL STORY HERE

16:06 (IST)23 Jun 2020
General M M Naravane COAS interacts with soldiers at Leh Military Hospital

Army Chief General M M Naravane today interacted with soldiers at the Military Hospital in Leh. Naravane, who is on a two-day trip, will also likely to visit the forward areas and speak with the local commanders and troops on ground. Naravane will be accompanied by Lt General YK Joshi, Northern Army Commander, who was in Delhi for the Army Commanders Conference. This will be Naravane’s second trip to the Northern Command since the standoff with China began in early May.

14:30 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Explained Ideas: Why India claims Galwan belongs to them

Lt General AL Chavan, who was the Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division in Ladakh in 2013, when Chinese troops had come into Depsang Valley leading to a standoff, writes that of the nearly 50-km long Galwan Nala, 45 km lie to the Southeast of India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Patrol Post 14, which is five to six km east of where Galwan Nala meets Shyok river. This is why China claims that Galwan Valley belongs to them.

In Pangong Tso, both sides used to patrol till their claim lines, which is Finger 8 for India and Finger 4 for China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was technically correct when he said there is no intrusion in our “borders” the Chinese have deployed at Finger 5, and our troops are deployed at Finger 4, the endeavour is for the Chinese go East of the Finger 8 and we move back West to our original position, thus restoring status quo ante as obtaining on 20 April 2020.

The Galwan Nala is nearly 50 km long.
14:06 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Leading voices of the world must be exemplars: S Jaishnkar at RIC meet

In his opening remarks at Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers' meeting, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "Leading voices of the world must be exemplars in every way. Respecting international law, recognising legitimate interest of partners, supporting multilateralism, and promoting common good is the only way to build a durable world order. This special meeting reiterates our belief in time-tested principles of international relations, but the challenge today is not of concepts and norms but equally of their practice."

13:21 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Opinion | Acknowledging Beijing’s rise, scale of challenge it presents, are first steps in crafting a new China policy

Delhi needs to come to terms with the fact that a gigantic power has risen on its door step. India must also recognise that China, like the great powers before it, wants to redeem its territorial claims, has the ambition to bend the neighbourhood to its will, reshape the global order to suit its interests. China has certainly not hidden these goals and interests; but India has refused to see what is in plain sight. For the Modi government, this should be a valuable opportunity to get back to basics on restoring internal political coherence, accelerating economic modernisation and expanding India’s national power, writes C Raja Mohan in this opinion piece

13:00 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Army chief M M Naravane to visit Ladakh today

Army Chief General MM Naravane will visit Ladakh later today. On his two-day trip he is also likely to visit the forward areas and speak with the local commanders and troops on ground. Naravane will be accompanied by Lt General YK Joshi, Northern Army Commander, who was in Delhi for the Army Commanders Conference. This will be Naravane’s second trip to the Northern Command since the standoff with China began in early May.

12:42 (IST)23 Jun 2020
'Mutual consensus to disengage': Army sources after border talks

The Indian Army sources today said that the Corps Commander level talks held between the two sides and which ran for over 10 hours were held in a "cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere." "Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both sides. There was a mutual consensus to disengage."

11:50 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Crisis on the border, if not tackled firmly, can lead to serious situation: Dr Manmohan Singh

"Now, we have a full-blown crisis on the LAC with China. The future is yet to unfold but we hope that mature diplomacy and decisive leadership will inform the government’s actions in protecting our territorial integrity," Gandhi said. Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh endorsed Gandhi's remarks and said that if the crisis on the border is not tackled firmly, it can lead to a "serious situation."

11:39 (IST)23 Jun 2020
At the CWC meet, Sonia Gandhi targets Modi government's policies for border crisis

At the Congress Working Committee, party chief Sonia Gandhi said that much of the border crisis can be attributed to the mismanagement by the Modi government and its policies. In a videoconferencing meet held today, Gandhi said that "India has been hit by a terrible economic crisis, a pandemic of huge proportions and now by a full-blown crisis on the borders with China. Much of each crisis is attributable to the mismanagement of NDA Govt and wrong policies pursued by it."

Sonia Gandhi presided over the CWC meeting held via videoconferencing 
10:56 (IST)23 Jun 2020
While in oppn, BJP cornered, questioned UPA govt on China; sent teams to border

While the BJP has slammed Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for raising questions on the killing of 20 soldiers in Ladakh, as an opposition party during the UPA years, the saffron party had tried to corner the government several times on similar issues.

Between 2004 and 2014, the BJP had issued political resolutions, sought a white paper, sent its own delegation to the border, and held several press conferences criticising the then Manmohan Singh government. An analysis of press releases issued by BJP in these years, available on the party’s official website, shows that it had issued almost two dozen statements on China, cautioning the then government many a times and seeking explanations.

10:29 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Jaishankar to meet Chinese counterpart at RIC talks: Platform used before for strategic communication during crises

Incidentally, the RIC, which will bring Jaishankar and Wang Yi face-to-face, has become a platform for strategic communication during crises. On February 27, 2019, then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had travelled to Wuzhen in China for the RIC meeting. Within hours of the Balakot air strikes, she met Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and explained the Indian action.

Before that, in November 2018, the leaders of RIC countries — President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping — had met at the leaders’ level for the first time, after a gap of 12 years. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. And in December 2017, Wang Yi had travelled to India — more than three months after the Doklam crisis was resolved — in what was the first high-level visit from China to India after the border standoff. It also laid the groundwork for the informal summit in Wuhan.

10:04 (IST)23 Jun 2020
India China border face-off: How is high-altitude warfare fought? How are Indian troops trained?

The violent standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley of Ladakh region has thrown the spotlight on high-altitude warfare and the challenges that troops face, particularly when advantageous positions on the heights are occupied by the other side. High-altitude warfare is fought keeping the terrain and weather in mind. The kind of infrastructure and training that the troops require for high-altitude warfare are key factors.

First, the troops are trained in skilled mountaineering techniques, rock-craft as well as mountain craft. “Generally, soldiers of the unit that is going to be inducted get month-long training. It’s concerted training with the best instructors placed in every unit. The training continues whenever the units are inducted. Then comes the acclimatisation to avoid non-battle, cold casualties. Almost all units have these trainers who keep troops well-equipped and efficient to meet any contingency," Kargil veteran and Maha Vir Chakra awardee Col Sonam Wangchuk, who is based in Leh said. 

Army soldiers rest next to artillery guns at a makeshift transit camp before heading to Ladakh in Srinagar (Reuters/File)
09:35 (IST)23 Jun 2020
Congress to target Modi govt over Galwan faceoff in today's CWC meet

Unfazed by the BJP’s criticism for raising questions on the government’s handling of the Chinese incursions and its near-isolation in the Opposition ranks, the Congress, at its Working Committee (CWC) meeting Tuesday, is set to launch fresh fusillade at the government.

Party leaders, sources say, believe that the Galwan Valley bloodbath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s subsequent statement and clarifications, if used effectively, can provide political ammunition to counter the BJP’s jingoistic nationalism. The party believes Modi is facing perhaps the most difficult foreign policy questions of his tenure so far, a front on which he has invested heavily, with challenges coming from even the otherwise friendly Nepal. And unlike in the case of Pakistan, the Chinese incursions will not provide BJP an opportunity to try and polarise domestically, Congress leaders feel.

08:47 (IST)23 Jun 2020
India China border news: Corps Commanders talks went on for over 10 hours

The meeting between XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart to reduce tensions on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh continued for more than ten hours Monday in search of a breakthrough. Like the first meeting, the meeting Monday was held at the Border Personnel Meeting Point at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, opposite Chushul.

An official told The Indian Express that the agenda of the meeting was to build on decisions agreed upon in the previous meeting of the two Corps Commanders. As with the previous meeting, the agenda centered around the restoration of status quo ante on the LAC as of April, which means disengagement and de-escalation by both sides along the border.

23:51 (IST)22 Jun 2020
Rajnath reaches Moscow, Jaishankar and Wang Yi meet today at RIC talks

A day after his meeting with the military brass on the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Moscow Monday night to start a three-day visit.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, meanwhile, will be participating in a virtual meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) Tuesday.

This will be Jaishankar’s first face-to-face meeting with Chinese counterpart Wangi Yi after the Galwan Valley incident in which 20 Indian Army personnel, including the Commanding Officer of 16 Bihar, were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops on the night of June 15. Read more

20:49 (IST)22 Jun 2020
Commanders meet at border point, Army chief reviews situation on northern, western fronts

Corps Commanders of the Indian and Chinese armies met Monday for the first time after the Galwan Valley incident in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops.

XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military District Commander Major General Liu Lin met at Moldo on the Chinese side of the border with Chushul.

The two commanders first met on June 6 to discuss a roadmap for de-escalation on the Line of Actual Control, but the circumstances have changed since the showdown in Galwan Valley. Read more here

18:56 (IST)22 Jun 2020
Niti Aayog member wants govt to stop raw material import for bullet-proof jackets from China

Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat has said Indian companies manufacturing bullet-proof jackets for Army personnel should avoid importing raw materials from China because of "inconsistencies in the quality" of the shipments. "Many times raw materials imported from China (to produce bullet-proof jackets) are not of good quality... We should avoid importing from Chinese sources because of inconsistencies of the raw material quality," he told PTI.

17:17 (IST)22 Jun 2020
AL Chavan writes: The stand-off on the LAC and the doomsayers

In an opinion piece for The Indian Express, former Director-General of Military Training and General Officer Commanding 3 Infantry Division A L Chavan says the brave sacrifice of our soldiers in Galwan Valley and the bloody nose we gave to the Chinese has been drowned in the cacophony of negative comments from the doomsayers.

"This has caused severe distress to the veterans and serving soldiers alike. The India-China boundary dispute and management of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are complex issues. My personal experience with the Chinese during the 2013 Depsang stand-off as General Officer Commanding of the Ladakh Division, has spurred me to bring some clarity to the whole debate and also to put to rest some very negative and vile comments in the media related to the entire issue," he writes. Read the full article here

16:37 (IST)22 Jun 2020
India fighting two wars against China, on border and against coronavirus: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the country was fighting two wars against China -- one against coronavirus and the other on the border while maintaining that there should be no politics by anyone in fighting these two wars. "Twenty of our brave soldiers did not back down, we will also not retreat and win both wars against China. Today, the country is fighting two wars against China - one against the virus that has come from China and the other on the border," Kejriwal said.

14:56 (IST)22 Jun 2020
‘Time for nation to present united face against China’: Congress leader Ashwani Kumar

Senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar on Sunday said while the opposition cannot be faulted for asking the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi “pertinent questions”, it is time for the nation now to show “unity of purpose” and present a “united face” against China. Arguing that the Indian diplomacy is now on test, Kumar said, “We must lend the moral support of the entire nation for them to leverage the goodwill enjoyed by India in the comity of nations.” He said the “Chinese aggression will be resisted by the full might of the Indian state” and asserted that India’s “response to Chinese brutality must factor the need to avenge the martyrdom of our brave soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty”.

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Sources told The Indian Express that from the conversation with the wounded soldiers who were brought to the hospital in Leh, it appeared that the Indian soldiers went at the Chinese with everything they had after their Commanding Officer, Col Santosh Babu was attacked.

“They [Indian soldiers] went with full aggression after their Colonel and two others who went ahead were attacked… Then the Indian soldiers launched a full attack. They were saying [to staff at the hospital] that they snatched whatever knives etc., and hit them [Chinese] back hard,” a source said.

The sources told The Indian Express that at least 18 injured soldiers were being treated in Leh, and more than 40 others had been sent to military hospitals elsewhere in the country. The Army has not given the numbers of soldiers who sustained injuries in the clash.

The Indian soldiers fought back valiantly, and inflicted several casualties on the Chinese. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said on June 17 that “Desh ko iss baat ka garv hoga ki hamaare sainik maarte maarte mare hain (The nation would be proud that our soldiers have died fighting).”

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