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India-China border news HIGHLIGHTS: Rajnath Singh meets top military brass, reviews LAC situation

India-China Border Face-off Latest News Live Updates: Analysts told The Sunday Express that although IAF enjoys a geographical advantage over air power, any decision on its use will have to be taken after careful consideration by the government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2020 9:09:29 am
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India-China Border Face-off Latest News Live Update: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the border situation with China in eastern Ladakh at a meeting with the top military brass on Sunday. The meeting, ahead of Singh’s visit to Russia to attend a grand military parade in Moscow, was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.

The mood on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continues to remain tense after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley on the night of June 15. So tense is the situation that there is a possibility it could deteriorate rapidly should there be another faceoff anytime soon. Meanwhile, discussions are underway between both sides to have another round of military and diplomatic talks next week. Even as Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria on Saturday said the IAF is “well prepared and suitably deployed” to deal with any eventuality arising out of the Galwan standoff, analysts told The Indian Express that although IAF enjoys a geographical advantage over air power, any decision on its use will have to be taken after careful consideration by the government.

With questions being raised about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks Friday that neither has anyone intruded into Indian territory nor has anyone captured any military post, the government made it clear Saturday that his remarks pertained to the situation in Galwan Valley after the violent clashes on the night of June 15.

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 in the Galwan Valley where disengagement of troops on either side was underway. It was the first time in the last 45 years that Indian or Chinese troops have been killed on the LAC.

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Govt rejects China claim to Galwan; LAC remains on edge, calls to de-escalate; Donald Trump calls it a 'big problem'. Follow India-China border latest news here

06:12 (IST)22 Jun 2020
Situation very tough, talking to India and China, says Trump

In his first comments since the clash between Indian and Chinese troops on the night of June 15-16, US President Donald Trump described the tension between the two countries as “very tough”, and said his administration was talking to both to help them resolve matters.

“We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there, they have come to blows, and we’ll see what happens. We’ll try and help them out,” Trump told reporters at the White House early Sunday India time, on the way to his first post-Covid-19 election rally in Oklahoma. 

PM Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo: AP/file)
06:08 (IST)22 Jun 2020
Don’t want escalation but if China acts, give befitting reply: Rajnath to top brass

Following the violent border face-off with China on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told the military top brass during a review meeting Sunday that the government has given the forces freedom to “give a befitting reply” if there is further escalation from the other side, sources said.

The meeting, they said, also discussed the existing protocol around the use of firearms and ways to respond in changed situations. “India does not want escalation, but if there is any action from China, the forces have been given the freedom to give a befitting reply,” sources said about the discussions. Read more here

05:26 (IST)22 Jun 2020
China boycott call rattles sports market: ‘Can’t suddenly do it’

Table Tennis balls, shuttlecocks, badminton and tennis racquets, wrestling mats, javelins, high jump bars, hockey sticks, boxing headguards, mountain climbing accessories, gym equipment, sportswear — the list of sports equipment imported from China goes on and on.

But now, amid the rising clamour to boycott Chinese goods following the border clash that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, leading players in India’s sports industry find themselves in a tough corner. The reason: More than half of India’s sports equipment imports are from China, according to the Department of Commerce’s data for 2018-2019. Read full story by Mihir Vasavda here

23:02 (IST)21 Jun 2020
‘Sharp-weapon wounds, multiple fractures in Galwan dead’

The 20 Indian soldiers led by Col B Santosh Babu who were killed in the fierce clash with Chinese troops in Galwan valley on the night on June 15-16 suffered serious injuries apparently inflicted by sharp-edged weapons, and multiple fractures, sources said. “From the condition of the bodies of the martyred soldiers, it appeared that they had fought a fierce battle. It appeared that they [Indian soldiers] killed many [Chinese]. The injuries looked like multiple stab wounds inflicted with sharp-edged weapons, and several of them also had multiple limb fractures,” a doctor at Leh's Sonam Nurboo Memorial (SNM) Hospital, who had seen the bodies, said on condition of anonymity. Read more here

20:34 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Six years ago, how a standoff in Ladakh ended after discussion

Nearly six years ago, the last major standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh was resolved peacefully through military and diplomatic talks. As is happening now, the talks at the military level were held in Ladakh while the diplomatic discussion took place in Beijing. The crisis erupted in the most dramatic fashion in September 2014 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ahmedabad with the then newly elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. As the two leaders sat on a swing at the Sabarmati riverfront, more than a thousand Chinese soldiers began pushing their way into Indian territory in Chumar, the southern-most portion of Ladakh’s boundary with Tibet.

Like most other places on the LAC in Ladakh, Chumar is marked by rugged mountains at an altitude of around 16,000 to 18,000 feet, with low temperatures and harsh icy winds. It is one of those areas where India has a road right up to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), then there is a sharp cut across a big nala (rivulet) marked on the map as 30R — a sudden relative height of 30 metres.  Read more here

19:14 (IST)21 Jun 2020
The strategic DSDBO road that lies at the heart of India-China border row

Of the possible triggers cited for the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) targeting of Indian territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the construction of the 255-km long Darbuk-Shyokh-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) all-weather road is possibly the most consequential. Read more here

LAC stand-off, the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road
IAF C 130J-30 super Hercules makes a historic landing at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) on August 20, 2013. (Archive photo)
18:20 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Nathu La, 1967: Recalling last military skirmish between India and China

The last military skirmish between India and China took place at Nathu La in September 1967. Before the skirmish escalated to artillery guns and threats of fighter jets, there was a scuffle between the soldiers of the two armies. The clash eventually left 88 Indian soldiers dead. More than 300 Chinese soldiers were killed. Read more here

15:47 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Rajnath Singh meets top military brass, reviews LAC situation

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the border situation with China in eastern Ladakh at a meeting with the top military brass on Sunday. The meeting was attended by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. The meeting happened ahead of Singh's visit to Russia to attend a grand military parade in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in the Second World War.

14:43 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Nepal, Afghan hope for Delhi-Beijing dialogue to resolve differences

In their first comments on the ongoing stand-off between India and China in Ladakh, two of India’s neighbours — Nepal and Afghanistan – has said they are confident that New Delhi and Beijing will resolve their mutual differences “through peaceful means” and “dialogue” for bilateral, regional and world peace and stability. They are the first neighbouring countries to comment on the dispute, which is on since early May and has claimed lives of 20 Indian soldiers in a bloody clash in Galwan Valley. On Saturday, the Nepalese Foreign ministry said, “Nepal maintains that disputes between the countries should be resolved through peaceful means. Nepal has always stood firmly for regional and world peace.” Afghanistan said that it “hopes that the two regional and global powers resolve their differences through dialogue and based on good neighbourly relations”.

14:34 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Galwan Valley faceoff: A look at accusations, and counters
14:19 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Protests against China continues in India


Activists of Voice of Northeast India staged a protest against China at Teen Murti in New Delhi on Friday.

13:47 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Discussions on with China for another round of military, diplomacy talks

After the failure of dialogue at the Major General level to break the deadlock over the standoff at the LAC in Ladakh, discussions are underway between India and China to have another round of military and diplomatic talks next week. A government official told The Indian Express that the military talks will be held at the level of Corps Commander in Ladakh, where the Indian side will be led by GOC 14 Corps Lt General Harinder Singh while the diplomatic talks in Beijing will be led by India’s ambassador to China, Vikram Misri. Preliminary discussions to finalise the schedule of talks are currently on between the two sides, the official said. “The talks at the Major General level have failed to break the impasse and make progress. We thus need talks at a higher level, at the Corps Commander level, and both sides have been talking over the hotline to fix the dates for the talk,” the official explained.

13:28 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Ex-IAF chief: Prudent option is to de-escalate situation diplomatically

India has certain advantages over China as far as air warfare is concerned, former Indian Air Force chief Fali Homi Major said, adding that military action to force the PLA to withdraw from their positions in the Galwan valley area should be the last option. Major was Air Chief Marshal between April 2007 and May 2009 and earlier commanded the Air Force in Leh (Ladakh) in the aftermath of the Kargil war. “As far as our Air Force preparations are concerned in that region, we are wonderfully placed. There is no doubt. We have many advantages of air fields, heights and altitude, etc. I am not talking of a war, but in the local area if there is some requirement, the Air Force is very well prepared and alert. It has always been so in that area. At the moment, Air Force’s operational preparedness is top of the line,” Major told The Indian Express on the situation in Ladakh vis a vis China.

13:06 (IST)21 Jun 2020
‘If 20 killed on our side, more than double would be dead on other side’: General V K Singh

In first official remarks from the government, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways General V K Singh (retd) on Saturday said that the number of casualties on the Chinese side in the bloody clash at Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15 would be at least twice that of the Indian side. “Agar hamare 20 (shaheed) hue hain toh wahan pe kam se kam double se jayada hi honge (if 20 have been killed on our side then more than double would be dead on the other side),” the former Army chief said in an interview to News24 television channel. “Forty-three ki ek count di gayi hai, jo ki aadhikarik taur per di gayi hai. Wo woh hai jo hamare logon ne dekhe jo ki gire aur unko pade dikhayi diye hain. Uske alawa aur uske andar kitne ghayal hue honge pata nahin kisi ko. Toh yeh kahna ki hamare log khade the aur who aakar dande se maar diye, aisa nahin hai. Agar unhone ne ek mara hai, toh hamaro ne do maare honge (A count of 43 has been given at the official level. Our troops saw these many had collapsed. No one knows how many more were injured. So it is not correct to say that our troops remained standing when they came and beat them with sticks. If they killed one, our troops would have taken out two of theirs),” he said.

12:44 (IST)21 Jun 2020
When soldiers’ mothers carry the heaviest load: Their sons’ coffins wrapped in tricolour


“My son has sacrificed his life for the country. This is the least I could do for him. Guru Gobind Singh ji’s Chaar Sahibzade (four sons) were martyred, I have given one for the country,” said the grieving mother of Naib Subedar Satnam Singh (41), amid an emotionally-charged crowd that had turned out to pay its respects to the fallen soldier. (Express photo/Rana Simranjit Singh)

12:23 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Galwan faceoff: Congress leaders demoralising soldiers, says Nadda

Amid opposition parties asking questions over developments at the LAC, the BJP on Saturday talked up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks at the all-party meeting and attacked the Congress for “raising questions”. BJP president J P Nadda, who addressed party cadres in Rajasthan and Telangana on virtual platforms, accused the Congress of being an “irresponsible” opposition and said its leaders are trying to “demoralise” the nation and the soldiers. “In the all-party meeting, everyone unanimously stood with the Prime Minister. But the Congress wanted to know how did it happen, why did it happen… where did it happen… You have been in power, don’t you know how statements are made by the government on such issues?” Nadda said while addressing the BJP Rajasthan unit.

12:07 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Tavleen Singh writes: '...it is not ‘anti-national’ to ask questions'

"This time the Prime Minister has been unusually reticent, but those ‘proud to be followed by Modi’ on Twitter have not. Like the BJP spokesmen they have hurled abuse at anyone who has dared ask questions about why 20 Indian soldiers were killed so brutally. If I were to recount the number of times I have been called a traitor in response to the questions I have asked about the Galwan massacre, I would have to write a whole separate column. Does the Prime Minister realise the damage that his supporters are doing to him?" writes Tavleen Singh.

11:50 (IST)21 Jun 2020
P Chidambaram writes: Obvious that Mr Modi did not take a correct measure of Mr Xi

"Mr Modi’s dream that the 21st century will be a China-India led Asian century is practically over. It is obvious that Mr Modi did not take a correct measure of Mr Xi. Whether Mr Xi took a correct measure of Mr Modi is a matter of speculation. The two leaders cannot be close friends again. They can still do business and sign one-step-at-a-time agreements in the manner that Mr Narasimha Rao, Mr Vajpayee and Dr Manmohan Singh did with their counterparts in China and keep the peace on the 4,056-kilometre border that includes the LAC," writes former Union minister P Chidambaram.

11:21 (IST)21 Jun 2020
'Surender Modi': Rahul Gandhi's fresh jibe at PM

Taking a jibe at the prime minister, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said: "Narendra Modi is actually Surender Modi."

11:15 (IST)21 Jun 2020
Patrolling: Accusations and counters

Beijing accuses India of building infrastructure, but India says all infrastructure built is on its own side of LAC. China: Since April this year, Indian border troops have unilaterally and continuously built roads, bridges and other facilities at the LAC in Galwan Valley. China has lodged representations and protests on multiple occasions but India has gone even further to cross the LAC and made provocations. India: Indian troops are familiar with the alignment of LAC in all sectors of border areas, including in Galwan Valley. They abide by it scrupulously, as they do elsewhere. The Indian side has never undertaken any actions across the LAC. In fact, they have been patrolling this area for a long time without any incident. All infrastructure built by the Indian side is naturally on its own side. Click here to read more

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While addressing top political leaders in his concluding address after a nearly three-hour-long all-party meeting that discussed the situation on the India-China border, PM Modi on Friday said: “Na wahan koi hamari seema mein ghus aaya hai, na hi koi ghusa hua hai, na hi hamari koi post kisi doosre ke kabze main hai. Ladakh mein hamaare 20 jaanbaaz shaheed hue, lekin jinhone Bharat mata ki taraf aankh uthakar dekha tha unhe wo sabak sikhakar gaye.”

Following the Prime Minister’s remarks that no one had intruded into Indian territory, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “Then there is no conflict? Why have our brave soldiers been martyred? Why this all-party meeting?”

AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked: “Has India dropped its claim on the Galwan Valley? If China has not occupied our territory then what are we discussing with China?”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on the other hand, tweeted that the Prime Minister had assured all political parties that India was capable of protecting its borders, and that the armed forces had been given the freedom to take necessary steps.

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