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Indian Army’s Doklam warning: Any mischief will get ‘nice and proper’ response

The Army is totally geared up to face any situation in the Dokalam sector and any mischief will be dealt with “properly”, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Lt Gen. Abhay Krishna of the Eastern Command has said.He was asked about China reportedly stationing its troops in Dokalam, where the two countries were locked in a stand-off for over two months earlier this year after the Chinese army tried to build a road in the area claimed by Indian-ally Bhutan.India feared the road, if completed, would allow China to cut off its access to its northeastern states. The stand-off ended in September after the two countries mutually agreed to withdraw their troops from the area.Also readDoklam stand-off put severe pressure on bilateral ties: Chinese Foreign Minister tells Sushma SwarajStating that he would not name anyone specifically, Lt Gen Krishna said the Indian Army is in high spirits and ready to take on any mischief.”We are totally prepared, geared up; let anybody do any mischief and he will get it back nice and proper,” he told reporters on Saturday.Also readSardar Patel predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, Doklam in 1950: Manohar ParrikarLt Gen Krishna was speaking at the Eastern Command headquarter at Fort William after a wreath-laying ceremony on ‘Vijay Diwas’ to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971, which led to the liberation of Bangladesh.The road building effort by China and presence of its troops at the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan had led to an eyeball-to-eyeball face off between New Delhi and Beijing for 73 days from June 16.Also readDiplomacy in Xi-Modi era: India-China to hold Track II talks to avoid Doklam-like crisisReports have said that China still has troops stationed a few hundred metres from the tri-junction in Dokalam sector.Asked if the reports were verified, Lt Gen Krishna said a lot has been stated about them and he has nothing more to add.”The Indian Army is always in very high spirits, we are always ready to take on any mischief by anybody. I am not going to name anybody specifically.”Territorial integrity is ingrained in our blood and for that we will go to any extent to ensure the territorial integrity,” he said.Asked if India was prepared for a two-front war, Lt Gen Krishna said the country was “undoubtedly” ready for any eventuality.

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Pakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulsbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh

Pakistan is yet to give a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife if she visits that country to meet her husband, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of an event here, Singh rubbished as “rumour” reports that China has erected a 400 metre high wall to camouflage the construction going on in Dokalam, the scene of a prolonged stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies.The minister also said India “does not care” about 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed approaching the United Nations to get his name struck off the list of designated terrorists.”Talks are still in progress. They (Pakistan) are yet to provide guarantee on the safety aspect.”Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.Responding to Pakistan s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.A military court in Pakistan had in April this year sentenced Jadhav, a former navyman, to death on the charge of his alleged involvement in espionage and terror attacks. India strongly denied the allegation.The International Court of Justice has stayed Jadhav’s execution.Talking about Saeed, Singh said, “The government has been saying this from the beginning…Those who are terrorists are terrorists. We have no doubt about it. We don’t care where a terrorist goes and approaches whom to seek protection.” Saeed has petitioned the UN seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him either related to terrorism or otherwise have been proved in the Pakistani courts.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under house arrest since January this year.”Do not believe in such rumours,” he said when asked to comment on reports about China having built a 400 metre high wall to hide construction activities in Dokalam on Sikkim- Bhutan-Tibet trijunction.Singh said India wanted its citizens going abroad to believe that their government will help them in the event of any trouble.He said India was working on maintaining healthy relations with every country.
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Indian troops on China border told to delete 42 apps including WeChat, Truecaller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian troops posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China have been asked to delete a number of apps on their smartphones due to data security implications.Troops have been asked to delete 42 mobile applications such as UC Browser, WeChat, Truecaller, ShareIT, and format their smartphones with immediate effect, reported ThePrint.in. The development comes after the recent stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the border in Doklam.“Use of these apps by our personnel can be detrimental to…national security,” a report said citing sources. The instructions were reportedly sent to troops on 24 November. ALSO READ Doklam stand-off was ‘safely resolved’ after several rounds of talks: PLA official “If some of them are already using any of these apps, then they should be asked to immediately uninstall the app and format their cellphones,” reads the instruction.”The personnel are expected to maintain the security of their phones, whether official or personal, as well as computers. Such alerts and advisories, especially about Chinese-origin mobile apps as well as electronic devices, are issued from time to time,” an official told Times of India.A fortnight ago, India and China held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Dokalam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.The standoff which began in mid-June ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India’s Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan. ALSO READ China objects to Prez Kovind’s visit to Arunachal, says India shouldn’t ‘complicate’ border dispute

Sardar Patel predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, Doklam in 1950: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, fought over a decade later, in 1950, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.In a three-page letter written to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Patel had also predicted the Doklam issue, Parrikar said on Tuesday.He was speaking at a function to mark the birth anniversary of Patel and the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.Parrikar said he got an opportunity to read about Patel when he was defence minister.”I read one of his letters written to Jawaharlal Nehru. In the letter, the subject was about our enemy or adversary along the northern border,” Parrikar said.”In 1950, Sardar Patel had predicted what would happen in 1965 (India-Pakistan war)…the war that happened with China, even the Dokalam issue, which has come up in the recent times,” he added.”He (Patel) was so accurate and perfect,” the Goa chief minister said.Parrikar also made a reference to Kashmir and said the current situation exists because Patel’s views were not considered.India and Pakistan fought wars in 1965 and 1971. The India-China war was in 1962. Earlier this year, Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a prolonged face-off in Doklam near Sikkim.

Nirmala Sitharaman says integration of the armed forces is Centre’s top priority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday complimented the Army for its professionalism in handling the Dokalam standoff and other challenges such as containing insurgency in the northeastern region.In an address to the top commanders of the Army, she said enhancing capacity of the Army was a major focus of the government and promised close monitoring of improving strategic infrastructure.”She conveyed admiration of the nation for the professionalism of the Indian Army during events like Dokalam standoff, response to natural disasters and keeping the situation of insurgency in the North East states fairly under control,” the Army said in a statement.On the second day of the week-long commanders conference, the top brass of the Army deliberated on a broad range of operational issues, including security challenges along the borders with China and Pakistan.In her around half-an-hour-long address, the defence minister also referred to her visits to the forward areas and called the meeting with the troops as “eye-opening”.Sitharaman said keeping morale of forces at the highest level was among the priorities of the government.Welcoming Sitharaman, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat told the commanders about the extensive travel undertaken by her to forward posts including Siachen.”He also expressed pleasure on the fact that Sitharaman had already travelled extensively in border areas of the North-East and also across the border in Tibet,” the Army statement said.When asked about Rawat’s comment about her visit across the border to Tibet, an Army spokesperson later said Sitharaman has extensively travelled in Tibet before taking over as defence minister and the reference was about that.Sitharaman had visited various forward areas along the Sino-India border, including Nathu La in Sikkim, on Saturday.The defence minister said modernisation of the Army was a priority for the government and that all the “deficiencies” will be addressed to strengthen its combat capability.Sitharaman also assured the Army commanders that all service related matters will be resolved. In this regard, she talked about long pending force modification requests, welfare of serving army men and their families.Listing her top priorities, Sitharaman said integration of the armed forces was essential particularly in the domain of training, communication, logistics and cyberspace for preparation for any future conflict.”She called upon Indian Army to continue leveraging its strength in diplomatic defence cooperation with neighbourhood and in the region,” the Army said.The Northern Command, the Central Command and the Western Command made presentations today on a range of issues having a bearing on the field formations of the Army.In its presentation, the Northern Command highlighted the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

China resumes building road on Doklam plateau, 10 km from last stand-off: Reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has resumed building a road on Doklam plateau, latest media reports say.The current road construction is taking place just 10 km from the last stand-off site between India and China.According to NDTV, there are about 500 Chinese troops present at the site guarding the construction.India has yet not objected the construction as it is not southwards towards the militarily-sensitive Jampheri Ridge area like last time.The bulldozers and other material that were used last time have been shifted to the new site by China.An indication of tension between the two countries due to presence of Chinese forces in the Chumbi Valley in the Dokalam Plateau was also given by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in New Delhi on Thursday.Addressing media during the annual press conference of the Indian Air Force in New Delhi on Thursday, the Air Chief said despite Doklam resolution Beijing has still not withdrawn the forces from ground completely. “We expect them withdraw,” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said.The news comes almost two months after both India and China agreed to “expeditious disengagement” over Doklam.The diplomatic success came at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit China for the BRICS summit.The stand-off started in mid-June when Chinese troops entered Bhutanese territory to build a road, sparking India’s intervention, citing agreements to maintain a status quo in the region. India had deployed about 350 Army personnel in the area.The status of Chinese troops in geopolitically crucial Chumbi Valley, which was at the heart of Doklam standoff, will have its implications.Days after the face-off ended, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said China has started “flexing its muscles” and warned that the situation in India’s northern border could snowball into a larger conflict.Sources said though Chinese troops have been deployed in Dokalam Plateau, they leave the area during winters. (With PTI inputs)

Indo-China border dispute can be resolved through dialogue, says Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sino- India border dispute can be resolved through a “structural dialogue” and a positive approach, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday.Singh made the remarks while visiting a forward post in Uttarakhand where he met jawans of the Indo Tibetan Border Police.Undertaking the first-ever visit by a senior minister to the China border after the recent resolution of the stand-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector, Singh said there has been a “perceptional difference” of the border between the two neighbours for long and that he was sure that this issue will be “resolved” with time.”The border issue will be resolved once we have structural dialogue (with China). What we need is a positive approach (to the issue),” the home minister said at the ITBP post located at an altitude of 14,311 feet.Singh said the Dokalam “deadlock” was resolved similarly and without any confrontation.The ‘Mana’ ITBP post is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand as the last battalion centre of the paramilitary that serves forward border bases along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).Interacting with the jawans of the force during a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ at the border post, Singh also made the announcement that “light clothing” for winters and to combat frosty weather will be provided to the ITBP troops, who are mostly deployed above the height of 9,000 feet.He assured the troops that issues such as better promotional avenues, exemption of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) canteens from the GST and enhancement of infrastructure and other facilities for them will be taken up on priority.The minister expressed concern that not many promotions have been effected in the force, as he asked ITBP Director General (DG) R K Pachnanda to undertake more steps in this regard. The force has recently promoted about 1,600 personnel across various ranks.”We are trying to give the best facilities to our jawans…we have recently promoted about 36,000 troops (in the constabulary) in all the CAPFs, including 3,500 from the ITBP.”These things will keep going on…we will surely look into all your issues,” he told the jawans.Singh praised the ITBP personnel and called them “multi dimensional” as they render a variety of duties in the internal security domain of the country.”We are proud of you,” he said.The 90,000 personnel strong ITBP is tasked with guarding the 3,488km long Sino-India border across five states from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.​

Army briefs former chiefs regarding overall security challenge facing India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has briefed its former chiefs about the overall security challenges facing the country, including on the Dokalam standoff, and the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.The former chiefs were also apprised of the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff with China and the surgical strikes against terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) last year, official sources said.The former chiefs were briefed by the incumbent Gen.Bipin Rawat at a three-day biennial Chiefs’ Conclave, which will conclude tomorrow.Eight former army chiefs including Generals (retd) V P Malik, Deepak Kapoor, S F Rodrigues, J J Singh, V N Sharma, Vikram Singh and Dalbir Singh Suhag attended the conclave.They were also told about steps being taken to enhance the combat capability of the force as also structural reform initiatives.Various issues relating to human resource policy of the force were also discussed, sources said.The Army chief had on Wednesday said the country should be prepared for a two-front war, noting that China had started “flexing its muscles” and there seemed no scope for any reconciliation with Pakistan.”As far as northern adversary is concerned, the flexing of muscle has started. The salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits of threshold is something we have to be wary about and remain prepared for situations emerging which could gradually emerge into conflict,” he had said.In military parlance salami slicing denotes divide and conquer process of threats and alliances used to overcome opposition.

India, China to enhance defence personnel cooperation to avoid Doklam-like incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to avoid Dokalam-like situation, India and China today decided to make more efforts, including strong contact and cooperation between their defence personnel.This was announced by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar after a “constructive and forward-looking” bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two leaders emphasised on the need to make efforts to enhance and strengthen the mutual trust between the two sides, he said, adding it was agreed that “the security and defence personnel must maintain strong contacts and cooperation and ensure that the situation which happened recently do not recur.”The prime minister met the Chinese leader for more than an hour during which they also talked about inter-governmental mechanism such as joint economic group, security group and strategic group which can help both countries move forward.This was the first substantive meeting between the two leaders after the 73-day Dokalam face-off.The Chinese and the Indian troops were engaged in a standoff since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army.On August 28, India’s External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on “expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area.India and China had set up a working mechanism in 2013 to ensure peace and tranquility along the border between the two countries.Under the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC), officials from the foreign ministries and militaries of both the neighbours meet periodically to resolve issues that may affect maintenance of peace along the border.The two sides also hold sectoral commanders meeting at various border points.India asserts that the border dispute covered nearly 4,057-km long Line of Actual Control, while China claims that it confined to about 2,000-km to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers as Southern Tibet.In 2003, both the countries had set up the Special Representatives mechanism to resolve the boundary dispute and several rounds of talks were held since then on the vexed boundary dispute.The Indian side is led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval while State Councillor Yang Jiechi represents China as the SR.

China non-committal on halting road construction in Dokalam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Tuesday remained non-committal on the issue of stopping road construction in Dokalam, a day after Indian and Chinese troops ended 73-day standoff that was triggered by China’s move to build a road in the border area.”In order to meet the needs of defending the borders, improving the living conditions, China has long engaged in infrastructure development including the road construction,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.India and China yesterday ended their standoff in Doklam by withdrawing their troops from the area, just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.When asked if China will continue with building the road in the area, Hua said, “we will take into consideration all relevant factors, including the weather, to make relevant construction plan in accordance with the situation on the ground.”Hua reiterated that Chinese border troops “will continue to station and patrol the Doklam area. We will continue to exercise our sovereignty with historic conventions.” She also parried a question whether China is in consultation with Bhutan, which has protested the Chinese troops’ road building in Doklam.”So far we have resolved the issue of illegal trespass of the Indian troops,” she said.When asked whether China halted the work on a road in Doklam to end the standoff so that the BRICS summit could be held, Hua said, “Peaceful resolution of the issue through the diplomatic channels serves the common interests of all relevant parties.””It shows the sincerity and responsible attitude of China as a major country,” Hua added.Welcoming the end of the standoff, senior Chinese scholars said major lesson out of border tensions is that China and India should be sensitive towards each other s concerns to avert future conflicts.”I am very glad to hear that finally the two governments demonstrated their maturity and far reaching and farsighted decision to peacefully end the conflict,” Hu Shisheng, Director of the official China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told PTI.Hu said China and India should be sensitive to each other’s concerns.Rong Ying, Vice President and Senior Research Fellow of the China Institute of the International Relations, which is affiliated to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the resolution of Dokalam standoff showed maturity and resilience of India-China bilateral relations.”This is by far the most the serious incident between the two countries on the boundary. Ten weeks of very serious and grave situation. So the fact that both sides through the diplomatic means solved it in a peaceful (way), I think it should be definitely welcomed,” said Rong, who served as a diplomat in the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

Rajnath to attend SCO meet on disaster in Kyrgyz Republic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on disaster prevention and relief in Kyrgyz Republic beginning tomorrow during which he will have bilateral meetings with member nations. “During the visit, the home minister is likely to have bilateral meetings with the ministers of some of the SCO member states,” an official statement said today. Founded in 2001, the SCO member countries are: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan, and the bloc is headquartered in Beijing. When asked whether the home minister will meet his Chinese counterpart, a home ministry spokesperson said as of now no meeting has been fixed. If Singh meets his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO meeting, it will bear significance as India and China has been engaged in a stand-off at Dokalam near the Sikkim sector. On Monday, the home minister had said a solution to the ongoing stand-off between India and China at Dokalam would be found soon and hoped that Beijing would make a positive move in this regard. China, however, yesterday said the only way to end the standoff in Dokalam was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the area. India and Pakistan had joined the SCO, the China- dominated security grouping, in June in Kazakhstan capital Astana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the summit. Today’s statement said Singh is leading a delegation to attend the 9th meeting of heads of governments of SCO member states to be held at Choplon Ata in Kyrgyz Republic on August 24-25. The meeting will deal with the prevention and elimination of emergency situations. The participation of India as SCO member will open the additional opportunities for giving new impetus to the development of international cooperation in the field of protecting the population and territories from emergency situations within the framework of the SCO and will bring it qualitatively new positions in regional and global formats, the statement said. The meeting will consider and approve the draft action plan for 2018-2019 for the implementation of the agreement between the governments of the SCO member states on cooperation in providing assistance in the elimination of emergency situations, it said. The Indian delegation includes senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Disaster Management Authority and the Ministry of External Affairs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dokalam solution soon; forces have might to protect borders:HM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A solution to the “deadlock” at Dokalam between India and China would be found soon, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said as he made it clear that the country was well equipped to protect its sovereignty. The minister, while speaking at an event of the Sino- India border guarding force ITBP here, said he hoped that China would make a positive move to resolve the issue. “There is a deadlock going on at Dokalam between India and China. I believe there will be a solution soon. I hope China will undertake a positive initiative (to resolve the stand-off),” he said. The minister said the world knew that India had never cast an evil eye on any country, had never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist attitude. “We never want to expand our borders…but I can say that our security forces and defence forces possess all the might to protect our borders,” Singh said. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and had been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. Bhutan says Dokalam belongs to it but China claims it to be its territory. China had been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. The Chinese state media, particularly, had carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand- off slamming India. The minister, in the same breath, lauded the bravery and grit of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), saying it was due to their prowess on the border that “no one can dare cast an evil eye on India”. The ITBP is tasked to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India border and works under the command of the home ministry. The minister went on to say that India had always believed in having good relations with its neighbours and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his swearing-in ceremony in 2014, had invited all the premiers of the neighbouring countries. This move was not just to shake and join hands but to bring together hearts, he said. “India has taken the initiative (of friendship with neighbours) many times. Our former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to say friends can change but not neighbours. He said we should have good relations with our neighbours. “Hence, I want to give this message to all our neighbours that we don’t want struggle but peace,” Singh said. The home minister, during the event, officiated as the chief guest where promotion for 1,654 ITBP officials, across various ranks, was announced. Singh himself put the new ranks on the shoulders of few personnel during the pipping ceremony, also attended by his deputy in the ministry Kiren Rijiju. He also expressed concern that these promotions, announced today, were delayed for the last six years and he promised that it would be his effort that promotions and other welfare measures for the troops were not obstructed or delayed in the future. “It was your right to get promotions on time but despite the delay your never complained and your morale was high. A timely promotion is important for boosting morale. I appreciate your dedication towards your duty,” he said. He recounted his 2015 visit to an ITBP border post in Ladakh where he found that troops were in their full spirits on the line of duty despite the harsh and cold climate in the region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Solution to Doklam stand-off to be found soon: Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said a solution to the ongoing stand-off between India and China at Doklam would be found soon and hoped that Beijing would make a positive move in this regard. He was speaking at a a function of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) here. “There will be a solution soon and I am sure China will make a positive move,” he said. The home minister said he wanted to convey a message to all neighbouring countries that India wanted peace. However, Singh made it clear that Indian security forces were capable of defending the country’s territories. “Our security forces have all the power to protect Indian borders,” he said. The ITBP guards the 4,057 km long Sino-Indian border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Doklam plateau. Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims it to be its territory. China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam. The Chinese state media, particularly, have carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand- off slamming India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Doklam stand-off: China will make positive move, India wants peace, says Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing tensions between India and China over Doklam stand-off, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that soon there will be a solution on the issue.”There will be a solution soon and I am sure China will make a positive move,” said Rajnath Singh.Singh made the remarks at ITBP officials pipping ceremony.The Home Minister also said that he wants to convey a message to all neighbouring countries that India wants peaceSingh’s comment came days after a scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops at Pangong lake in Ladakh sector.
ALSO READ Sikkim stand-off: Doklam plateau issue is bilateral matter between India and China, says UKHowever, last week, India said it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff, asserting that peace and tranquillity on the border is an important pre-requisite for a smooth bilateral relationship.Meanwhile, the report also said that The People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theatre Command has conducted military exercises involving armoured forces and aviation units, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction.
ALSO READ Sikkim Stand-off | Lessons from 1962 war learnt, Army is stronger: Arun JaitleyIndia’s position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for 60 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area. China claimed it was constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. Bhutan says Dokalam belongs to it but China claims it to be its territory and says Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over it.

Digest for domestic stories for week Aug 12 – Aug 18, 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saturday New Delhi: An Indian Army team has crashed out of international ‘Tank Biathlon’ held in Russia after its main battle tank T-90 developed technical snag. Srinagar: Two army men were killed and three others, including a captain, injured in an encounter with militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir, the police said tonight. Jammu: Union minister Jitendra Singh today played down the heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Dokalam standoff, stating that India was fully equipped to face any challenge. Sunday Shimla: A massive landslide buried two Himachal Pradesh roadways buses, killing at least 46 people and injuring several others at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway today, officials said. Lucknow: The UP Congress today termed the infant deaths in a Gorakhpur hospital “murder” and demanded resignation of Chief Minister, saying if he was unable to handle an institution, how will he run the state, prompting rebuttal from Yogi Adityanath and the state health minister. New Delhi: Terrorists in the Kashmir Valley are now on the run and they cannot continue to terrorise the people for decades, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today, maintaining that the government’s priority was to clean up the Kashmir Valley of armed militants. Monday Dehradun: Six persons were killed and 10 others, including six Army jawans, were reported to be missing in two incidents of cloudbursts in the Dharchula sub-division of Pithoragarh district in the early hours today. New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid O Meredov today reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relationship and decided to give a fresh push to boost two-way trade and investment. New Delhi: In the backdrop of rising cross border terror activities in Kashmir and standoff with China in Dokalam, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today called upon the armed forces to defend the country’s borders with “all its might”. Tuesday New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said India would grant medical visa to Pakistani nationals in genuine pending cases. Leh/New Delhi: Indian border guards today frustrated an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides, officials said. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to strife-hit Kashmiris, saying abuses and bullets will not resolve their problems but embracing them will, as he praised his government’s economic reforms in a wide-ranging Independence Day speech. Wednesday New Delhi: Vice Admiral K B Singh will be the new Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, official sources said today. New Delhi: Twenty-five passengers of the Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express were robbed of valuables worth Rs 10-15 lakh in the early hours today, apparently near Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh. Gorakhpur (UP): Five more encephalitis-related child deaths were reported from the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital since yesterday, taking to 71, the number of persons who have died here of the disease since August 7, officials said today. Thursday New Delhi: A choked Delhi High Court parking today led to a situation where emergency and quick response vehicles of security agencies could not enter the premises after the police received an anonymous bomb threat call, which later turned out to be a hoax. New Delhi: The Congress and the BJP were today engaged in a war of words over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks made at an opposition meet, with the BJP alleging it was “hypocrisy” to talk about “composite culture” while remaining silent over killings of RSS workers in Kerala. New Delhi: There is no report of any Indian casualty in the Barcelona terror attack, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said who is in constant touch with Indian embassy in Spain. Friday New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin today appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia’s new ambassador to India, the country’s embassy here said. Dehradun: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that some divisive forces were out to destroy the country’s diverse social fabric and should be fought unitedly. New Delhi: India said today it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, but underlined that incidents like one in Ladakh three days ago were not in the “interest of either side”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army, Navy, IAF chiefs review country’s security preparedness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The powerful Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) comprising chiefs of the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force today reviewed the security preparedness of the three services including along the Sino-India border, official sources said. The standoff between armies of India and China in Dokalam and attempts by Chinese troops on Tuesday to enter the Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh were also discussed at the meeting, they said. “Issues relating to the country’s external security as well as situation along the borders were discussed,” a source said. The meeting came two days after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake. Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas– Finger Four and Finger Five– twice between. But on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions. The incident was discussed at a flag meeting between the two sides at Leh’s Chusul sector yesterday. The Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter face-off at Dokalam in India-China-Bhutan tri-junction for little over two months. China has been ramping up rhetoric against India, demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam. The Chinese state media, particularly, has carried a barrage of critical articles on the Dokalam stand-off slamming India. In the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The “caution level” among the troops has also been raised, according to officials. The decision to increase the deployment along the nearly 1,400-km Sino-India border from Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh was taken after carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and considering China’s aggressive posturing against India on Dokalam, the officials had told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

On I-Day, RSS functionary calls for boycotting Chinese goods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst the Sino-Indian border standoff, a top RSS functionary today called for boycotting Chinese goods and promoting the use of ‘swadeshi’ products. “China is constantly making efforts to grab the Indian market. So, Chinese goods should be boycotted,” RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said here. He advocated use of swadeshi goods to check the “influx” of China-made items in the country. “Our alert armed forces are capable of checking intrusion at the borders, but to prevent the country from economic slavery, people have to check the entry of Chinese goods into Indian markets,” he said. “For this we have to inculcate in our behaviour the concept of swadeshi,” Joshi said after unfurling the tricolour at a college here on the occasion of the Independence Day. Joshi said that “we should not oppose modernity, but at the same time we should also not become economic slave to any other nation.” He also said India is fast progressing towards self- sustainability and the youth must contribute in country’s development. The comments come at a time Indian and Chinese forces are locked in a standoff at Dokalam since mid-June. After the programme, the students of the college were administered a pledge to boycott Chinese goods. Meanwhile, the main function in the district was held at the Rustamji Armed Police Training College (RAPTC) ground where state’s urban administration minister Maya Singh hoisted the national flag.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, China cannot defeat each other: Dalai Lama

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today said India and China cannot defeat each other and both the countries will have to live together as neighbours. The spirit of “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” is the only way forward, he stressed. “In the current border situation, neither India nor China can defeat the other. Both countries are militarily powerful,” the Dalai Lama said. Both the countries will have to live together as neighbours, he said. “There may be some incidents of cross-border firing. It does not matter,” he said. The Dalai Lama was responding to questions by reporters at an event here. He said, “In 1951, a 17-point agreement was signed between the Local Government of Tibet and People’s Republic of China for peaceful liberation of Tibet. Today China is changing and has become a country with the highest Buddhist population. They (India and China) should go back to ‘Hindi Chini Bhai Bhai’ again.” It is a Communist government but Buddhism is widely accepted, he said. “Earlier, the Dalai Lama used to be the head of spiritual and political movements in Tibet, but in 2011, I totally retired from politics. It was a way of democratising the institutions, because it had some feudal elements in it,” said the 14th Dalai Lama. He suggested that India should “develop pilgrimage for Chinese” people who are followers of Buddhism. “We must understand that the followers of Buddhism in China are actually following the line of Indian Buddhism that came from Nalanda (Indian seat of learning) and Sanskrit,” said the spiritual leader. “India should develop a pilgrimage for Chinese people who follow Buddhism. These people can come to places like Bodh Gaya and can come closer to India emotionally as well,” he said. India and China have been locked in a standoff in the Dokalam area since June 16 after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction. Commenting on the definition of secularism in he Indian context, the Dalai Lama said, “Respect for all religions and even the non-believers too. This is the definition of secularism in Indian context.” “During the French Revolution and the Bolshevik movement, people opposed the exploitation by their kings and queens. Then religious institutions were supporting the feudal lords; hence the revolution also went against them. That’s why in the western context, secularism has become a word expressing disrespect to religion,” he said. “Even an Indian communist leader had once told me that as a communist party worker, he does not believe in God. But for the people who he works for, they do believe in God and it is his duty to respect their feelings. I welcome such a mature approach,” the Dalai Lama said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid Doklam standoff, Sushma Swaraj meets Bhutanese Foreign Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji here and is understood to have discussed bilateral issues, amidst the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.Both the leaders are here to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a grouping of countries in South Asia and South East Asia.Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the BIMSTEC.”Time with a close friend and neighbour. The external affairs minister meets with foreign minister of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ meet,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted and also posted a picture of the meeting.The two leaders mainly discussed BIMSTEC cooperation and a range of issues in bilateral relations, Sudhakar Dalale, Joint Secretary North, said at a briefing here.The meeting between the two leaders comes against the backdrop of the current standoff in Dokalam — a trijunction between India, China and Bhutan.India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from building a road in the area.Swaraj also met Sri Lanka’s minister of state for foreign affairs Vasantha Senanayake.During the meeting they discussed bilateral issues, mutual cooperation and matters relating to strengthening cultural linkages, Dalale saidBIMSTEC has very important role for India and greater energy needs to be injected into the BIMSTEC movement, he said.”The BIMSTEC has made an important journey in the past two decades and we need to explore untapped resources through the regional grouping for our benefit,” he said. PTI PYK SBP ASK

Bhutan hopes Dokalam standoff will be resolved peacefully

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji, who hoped that the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector is resolved “peacefully and amicably”. The comments by Dorji came after his meeting with Swaraj on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers’ meeting here. “We hope the situation in Dokalam will be resolved peacefully and amicably,” Dorji told reporters. This was the first official reaction from Bhutan after Beijing’s claim that the Himalayan nation had acknowledged that Dokalam belonged to China. However, China had not offered any evidence to support its claim. Both Swaraj and Dorji are here to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a grouping of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. However, there was no official word from the Indian side on what was discussed during the meeting. “Time with a close friend and neighbour. The external affairs minister meets with foreign minister of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ meet,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted and also posted a picture of the meeting. The two leaders mainly discussed BIMSTEC cooperation and a range of issues in bilateral relations, Sudhakar Dalale, Joint Secretary North, said of the Swaraj-Dorji meeting. The meeting between the two leaders comes against the backdrop of the current standoff in Dokalam — a trijunction between India, China and Bhutan. India and China have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from building a road in the area. Swaraj also met Sri Lanka’s minister of state for foreign affairs Vasantha Senanayake. During the meeting they discussed bilateral issues, mutual cooperation and matters relating to strengthening cultural linkages, Dalale said BIMSTEC has very important role for India and greater energy needs to be injected into the BIMSTEC movement, he said. “The BIMSTEC has made an important journey in the past two decades and we need to explore untapped resources through the regional grouping for our benefit,” he said. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the BIMSTEC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Let RSS tell govt to snap trade with China: Owaisi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dubbing senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar’s remarks that Indians should boycott Chinese products as “hypocritical”, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has dared the Sangh to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discontinue the bilateral trade between India and China. Kumar had recently said Indians should boycott Chinese products and focus on “swadeshi” goods. “This is the hypocrisy of the RSS. If he (Kumar) really believes in what he is saying, Modi is also a swayamsevak. Let him go the prime minister. Let the RSS go and tell the government to put an end to bilateral trade with China immediately,” Owaisi told reporters here yesterday. The Hyderabad MP said the Sangh should also tell the government that there should be no sponsorship of any Chinese company for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the Indian Premier League (IPL). “Many products such as iphones are made in China and sold in India. Can that be stopped,?” he asked. Kumar, at a programme in Lucknow on the eve of Raksha Bandhan, had said, “The government will deal with China in its own way, but we must boycott the Chinese goods.” Owaisi alleged that the RSS, by using such a “rhetoric”, was trying to divert the attention of the people from the real issues. “China has said it has reduced the number of soldiers (at the Dokalam border in Sikkim). What is the stand of the government? Why is the government keeping quiet on that?” the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief asked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chinese troops transgress into Barahoti in Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chinese border guards entered one kilometre into Indian territory and threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, official sources said today. The incident took place on the morning of July 25 when a group of shepherds were asked to vacate the land by troops of the People’s Liberation Army, officials in the know said on the condition of anonymity. The incident comes in the backdrop of a standoff between Chinese and Indian troops at Dokalam near Sikkim.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China unlikely to gain anything from border standoff with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China is unlikely to gain from the border standoff with India as the road being built by it in the Sikkim sector’s Dokalam area leads to nowhere and this would push India more closer to the US and Japan, an American expert said today. The standoff will also add to the mistrust among the generation of young Indians who don’t have a lot of experience with conflict with China, Jeff Smith, director of the Asian Security Programmes, Kraemer Strategy Fellow, at the American Foreign Policy Council, said. It will, in fact, push India more closer to the US and Japan, and generate an anti-China sentiment in India, he said. “What are the stakes for China? It’s on a road to nowhere, essentially,” he told a Washington audience during a panel discussion on India-China border standoff. “I’m not exactly sure what China gets out of building this road. We know what the outcome is going to be, it’s souring ties with India significantly with the Modi administration, which were already on a downward trajectory. “It’s giving the Indian military all the ammunition it needs to lobby for more upgrades, to order infrastructure, to push India closer to the US and Japan as it’s been moving already, something that China says it doesn’t want,” he said at the event organised by Woodrow Wilson International Centre. “Opinions of China are not very high in India to begin with, but there has not yet been a crisis like this in recent memory that would galvanise public opinion against China. “It’s not clear to me exactly what China’s going to achieve or what strategy or goals it’s advancing by taking an uncompromising position on this dispute. It’s not clear to me exactly what China’s going to achieve or what strategy or goals it’s advancing by taking an uncompromising position on this dispute,” the American expert said. On the other hand, stakes are very high for India. The stakes for India are quite clear and very high. Chinese control over this territory would not only nullify the one place over the line of control where it has a significant tactical advantage, but it would position Chinese forces near its very vulnerable Chicken’s neck and in the eyes of India’s military planners, present an existential threat, he said. Nirupama Rao, who served as India’s envoy to China and the US, said the relationship between India and China, which was so carefully constructed over the last three decades, “seems to be disintegrating before our very eyes and it is all happened in a space of four to five weeks”. “If China were to consolidate its presence of Dokalam and not move out of there, essentially what you have is the pushing southward of the border line between Bhutan and China in that section, and a certain strategic advantage being offered thereby to the Chinese in terms of their ability to overlook the south Siliguri Corridor, with obvious strategic implications for India,” Rao said. Robert Daly, director, Kissinger Institute on China and the US, said that China’s goal is most likely simply to consolidate its control over what it sees as its sovereign territories, during what it calls the period of strategic opportunity when time remains on its side. According to Michael Kugelman, deputy director and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center, while these border standoffs again are nothing new, but there’s a reason to fear this one could be a lot more serious than any of previous ones for several reasons. “First, overall bilateral relations between India and China are quite tense at the moment. Second, this dispute involves a third country Bhutan. Third, this plateau is highly strategic real estate to say the least. It leads to the Siliguri Corridor, a narrow area of land that connect North Eastern India to the rest of the country. “Fourth, the rhetoric on both sides, and notably from the Chinese media, has been noticeably sharp and strident. And fifth, perhaps most importantly, this dispute has set a potentially destabilising new precedent… This is the first time that Indian troops have engaged China on the soil of a third country,” Kugelman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Withdrawal of Indian troops precondition for dialogue: China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today reiterated that no meaningful dialogue can be held with India until it “unconditionally” withdraws troops from the disputed Dokalam area and said Foreign Minister Wang Yi has authoritatively made Beijing’s position clear on the issue. Wang, who is the first top Chinese leader to have commented so far on the Dokalam impasse, yesterday claimed that India “admitted” to entering Chinese territory. He said that India should “conscientiously withdraw” its troops from the area. “The remarks of Foreign Minister Wang Yi are authoritative and has made our position clear. I don’t have anything to explain,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing. Lu, however, declined to react to reports that both sides have deployed over 3,000 troops each at Dokalam, saying that the question should be referred to the Chinese Defence Ministry. He once again said China will not hold any meaningful dialogue without Indian troops’ withdrawal. “I have stressed many times that the crux of this incident is that the Indian border troops illegally trespassed into China s territory and the solution as Wang put it is for Indian border troops to pull-out unconditionally. This is a precondition basis for any meaningful talks between the two countries,” Lu said. The Dokalam issue is expected to be discussed during the visit of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to Beijing for a meeting of the NSAs of BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on July 27-28. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory, and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops. But External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament last Thursday that both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Doval’s visit key to ease Sikkim standoff: Chinese analyst

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing for a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries may be key to ease tensions between India and China over the military standoff in Dokalam, a Chinese analyst said. Doval is scheduled to visit China for the meeting on July 27-28. The meeting is hosted by his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. It is part of a series of meetings of officials from BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – ahead of this year’s summit of the five-member bloc of emerging countries in Xiamen city in September. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit. Ma Jiali, a research fellow at the China Reform Forum thinktank, said Doval’s visit may be key and would serve as an opportunity to ease India-China tensions. His comments came in a piece in The Global Times, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party media group, which generally reflects the views of the ruling party, today. The tabloid has unleashed a barrage of anti-India rhetoric in recent weeks amid tensions between the two countries. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. Both Doval and Yang are also the Special Representatives for India-China boundary talks. The two sides have held 19 rounds of boundary talks to resolve their differences. Chinese officials say Doval and Yang may have informal talks to resolve the standoff in Dokalam in the Sikkim sector. “China would lodge solemn representation with the Indian side during Doval’s visit, hoping it could take measures to ease the tension. India may make some requests as a bargaining chip for its pulling out troops,” Ma, who specialises in India-China studies, said. He, however, cautioned that if the two sides failed to reach an agreement on the issue, the China-India ties would be severely damaged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sikkim stand-off: India again pitches for ‘peaceful resolution’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today made a renewed pitch for a “peaceful resolution” of the Dokalam standoff through diplomatic channels, stressing that “differences” should not become “disputes”.Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters here that New Delhi has been in “close contact” with the Bhutan government on the unfolding developments.”India’s approach is to have a peaceful resolution of issues on border with China,” he said underlining the understanding at the Astana meeting that differences between India and China should not be allowed to become disputes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in June in Kazakh capital Astana. “So, it is obvious that every responsible power, person and player in the world prefers peaceful resolution of matters,” Baglay said.Asked whether India has briefed other countries on the issue, Baglay said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on diplomatic interactions on sensitive matters. Baglay also confirmed that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will travel to Beijing on the 27th to attend a meeting of the BRICS multilateral grouping.Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
ALSO READ Despite dispute, NSA Ajit Doval to visit Beijing next week to attend BRICS meetingNew Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states. China’s state-run media has stepped up rhetoric against India in recent weeks. China claimed that it was constructing the road within its territory, and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the Dokalam plateau. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

NSA Doval to travel to China to attend BRICS meet on Jul 27-28

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will be travelling to Beijing to attend a BRICS meeting on July 27 and 28, the External Affairs Ministry said today. The visit comes amid deterioration in bilateral ties between the two neighbours due to the Dokalam standoff with Beijing ratcheting up its rhetoric against New Delhi on the dispute. “As far as visit of the National Security Adviser to China for the meeting of BRICS NSAs is concerned, I can confirm that he will be visiting. The visit will take place on Jul 27 and 28,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. Asked whether Doval will have any bilateral meeting with any Chinese leader or the Special Representative for boundary talks on the sidelines of the meeting of NSAs from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Baglay did not give a direct reply “We will keep you informed as and when there are developments,” he said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

US expresses concern over Sikkim stand-off; says India, China should come up with ‘better arrangement’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and China should work together to come up with “some better sort of arrangement” for peace, the US said today, expressing concern over the standoff between their troops in the Sikkim sector.Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.”I know that the US is concerned about the ongoing situation there,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.
ALSO READ Watch | Amid Sikkim stand-off, Chinese Army conducts live-fire drills in TibetShe was responding to questions on the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area.”We believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better sort of arrangement for peace,” Nauert said.Earlier, a State Department official told PTI that the US encourages India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce border tensions.China claimed that they were constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau.New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

No significant rise in troop level by China along border: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is no significant rise in deployment of troops by China along the Sino-India border and its recent military exercise in the Tibet region should not be linked to the current standoff between the armies of the two countries in Dokalam, top government sources said today. The sources said the exercise was a routine military drill by China and that its western theatre command has not made any major enhancement in its military might in the wake of the face-off that should trigger alarm bells in India. The command looks after the 3,488-km-long border with India. The remarks by the government sources come against the backdrop of a report in the official mouthpiece of Chinese military that China’s Army has moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the face off with Indian troops in Dokalam in the Sikkim sector. The vast haul was transported late last month, the report said but did not clarify whether the movement of the military equipment was to support the exercise in Tibet or for other reasons. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the area. Referring to Chinese military’s recent live-fire exercise in the mountainous Tibet region, the government sources said it was a routine drill and will be an exaggeration to link it with the border face-off. China’s military yesterday had said it conducted the exercise to test its strike capability on plateaus. China has been ratcheting up rhetoric against India in the recent weeks following the face-off between the armies of the two nation in the Bhutan tri-junction. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, while briefing a parliamentary panel on external affairs yesterday, maintained that New Delhi is engaged with Beijing in defusing tension through diplomatic channels.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ultra-light howitzers: exhaustive field trials on in Pokhran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exhaustive field trials are being carried out on two long-range ultra-light howitzers in Pokhran which the Indian Army received from the US after a gap of 30 years since the Bofors scandal broke out, an official said. The test-firing of the guns is primarily aimed at collating and determining various critical data like trajectory, speed and frequency of fire of the M-777 A-2 ultra-light howitzers (ULH) which are expected to be mostly deployed along the border with China. The trials will continue till September for formation of the “firing table” which is a major aspect of the overall induction process, said the Army official privy to the trials on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. The 155 mm, 39-calibre guns will fire Indian ammunition. Three more guns will be supplied to the Army in September, 2018 for training. Thereafter, induction will commence from March 2019 onwards with five guns per month till the complete consignment is received by mid-2021. “The trials have been going on smoothly and various data are being collected for formation of the firing table,” the official said, adding the aim was to ensure that there was no delay in the induction of the guns. The Army badly needs the howitzers considering the evolving regional security scenario. India had last procured howitzers in the mid-1980s from Swedish defence major Bofors. The alleged pay-offs in the deal and its subsequent political ramifications had severely crippled the Indian Army’s procurement of artillery guns. The Army had received the howitzers in May as part of an order for 145 guns. India had struck a government-to-government deal with the US last November for supply of the 145 howitzers at a cost of nearly Rs 5,000 crore. While 25 guns will come in a fly-away condition, the rest will be assembled in India by the BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence. The Army has been pressing the government to speed up its modernisation programme. In a major decision, the government last week had empowered the Vice Chief of the Army to procure critical ammunition and spares for key weapons systems to maintain combat readiness for short duration “intense wars”. The move, aimed at filling the “voids” in the Army’s combat readiness, came amid nearly a month-long standoff between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area as well as heightened Indo-Pak tension along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Top govt officials brief Opposition about Indo-China standoff and Kashmir unrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top central ministers and officials today briefed opposition leaders, including from the Congress, Left and SP, on the standoff with China and the situation in Kashmir, officials said. The briefing by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and top officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, comes ahead of the parliament session beginning Monday.Opposition leaders were told about the prevailing situation along the Sino-Indian border and Jammu and Kashmir and the government action, officials said.Those who attended the meeting — considered an effort to build consensus on dealings with India’s biggest neighbour and Kashmir — include Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Tariq Anwar (NCP), Sharad Yadav, K C Tyagi (JD-U) and Derek O’Brien (TMC). New Delhi has expressed concern over China trying to change the status quo at the India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Dokalam area of Sikkim.China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Dokalam area for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. In Jammu and Kashmir, seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday. Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Opposition leaders have been criticising the government for the way it has handled China and Kashmir. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on China.On Wednesday, he accused Modi of pursuing policies that created space for terrorists in Kashmir. He also alleged that the prime minister’s pursuit of short-term political gains from the BJP-PDP alliance in the state has cost the country dear and resulted in innocent lives being lost.

India will continue to use diplomatic channels to resolve Doklam stand off: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India said today it will continue to use diplomatic channels with China to resolve Dokalam stand off and insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held “conversation on range of issues” in Hamburg.There is a stand off between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.”We have diplomatic channels available. We have embassies in both countries. Those channels will continue to be used,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked about the nearly month-long stand off in Dokalam.He also referred to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s remarks at an event in Singapore on the issue. Baglay noted that there were well-established and mutually agreed mechanisms to address differences on border issue as well as tri-junctions.”I would only refer you back to the information we put out after the meeting (in Hamburg). There was a picture that we had tweeted. There was a brief text that…said at the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting at Hamburg on the sidelines of the G0-20 summi, the BRICS leaders an informal meeting was hosted by China.”Prime Minister Modi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,” Baglay said when asked about the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman’s remarks that there was no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.However, he refused to give details on the “range of issues”, saying, “It is not for me to comment as to what grounds the two leaders covered.”On whether Dokalam stand off also figured during the “conversation on range of issues” between Modi and Xi, Baglay said, “There was a conversation between them. There were a range of issues that was the subject matter of that conversation.”Asked if his remarks on diplomatic resolution of Dokalam stand off indicated any shift in Chinese demand for withdrawal of Indian troops from the area, he said India has already outlined its position on the issue.”There was also a ‘conversation on a range of issues’ between the leaders of India and China in Hamburg. And today I have said that there are diplomatic channels which will continue to be used. So, you have to see everything in totality,” he asserted.On strong rhetorics in Chinese media warning India on the Dokalam stan doff, Baglay said, “This matter we are dealing with is a serious matter and it has implications. We remain engaged in addressing this matter…”On whether National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was travelling to Bejing on July 26, he said there was no information with him.Doval, who is the Special Representative for the India- China border talks, is expected to visit Beijing on July 26 to attend the meeting of the NSAs from BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Baglay also declined to comment on recent meeting between the top Chinese envoy and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying the MEA does not comment on activities of embassies or political parties.

They are confusing us all now: Twitter reacts to Modi-Jinping’s handshake at G20 summit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today shook hands and had a conversation on a “range of issues” during the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting here amid a stand-off between the armies of the two countries in the Sikkim section.The conversation took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that began here today.In a tweet, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Modi and Xi discussed a range of issues.”At d BRICS leaders’ informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,” the spokesperson tweeted.The ministry also tweeted a photograph of Modi and Xi shaking hands.
ALSO READ G20 Summit: PM Modi slams Pakistan, calls international response to terror ‘weak’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 G20 Summit.China and India have been engaged in a stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.
ALSO READ The Modi – Netanyahu Summit: From strategy to cringe, and everything in between Israel and IndiaAmid increased tension between India and China on developments near Sikkim, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today “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.Speaking at an informal meeting of BRICS leaders here on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Modi also called upon the group leaders to show leadership in fighting terrorism and boosting global economic growth.Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking right after Modi, also appreciated the momentum witnessed at the BRICS bloc during India’s chairmanship before it was passed on to China.The leaders of five BRICS countries — which also included Russia’s Vladimir Putin — discussed preparedness and priorities for the forthcoming 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, in September.Xi said he looked forward to welcoming the BRICS leaders.Modi said BRICS has been a strong voice and needs to show leadership on terrorism and global economy, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs after the meeting.”G20 should collectively oppose terrorism financing, franchises, safe havens, support and sponsors,” Modi said.Referring to the reforms in India, including the recent introduction of GST, he stated that it is necessary to work together for sustained global economic recovery.He advocated collective voice against the practices of protectionism, especially in the spheres of trade and movement of knowledge and professionals.Besides, Modi reiterated India’s commitment to implementing the Paris agreement in letter and spirit and described its implementation globally as essential to fighting climate change.He called for expeditious action to establish a BRICS rating agency and stated that cooperation on development of Africa should be a priority.While stressing on the need for greater people-to-people exchanges, the prime minister appreciated momentum in BRICS under the chairmanship of Xi and extended full cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Xiamen Summit.Modi started his speech by thanking Xi for his welcome and hosting the meeting. “Under Xi’s chairmanship, the progress and positive momentum of BRICS has further deepened our cooperation,” Modi said.The prime minister, who spoke in Hindi, also said “lastly, I extend my best wishes and full cooperation to President Xi Jinping for the upcoming ninth BRICS Summit”.China and India have been engaged in a stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. The stand-off is near Sikkim section.Concluding the meeting immediately after the Prime Minister’s remarks, Xi appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016.He also appreciated India’s success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success.Besides India and China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa are part of the BRICS groupingWith inputs from PTI

No knee-jerk reaction on security clearances for Chinese firms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will not go in for a knee-jerk reaction while dealing with several pending security clearances for Chinese manufacturers amid the standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops on the Sikkim border.Sources said there is no immediate plan to either deny or put on hold security clearances to the Chinese firms that have applied. Such issues are dealt with a great deal of maturity by the concerned agencies at the appropriate level. Security clearances will not be done in an ad-hoc manner,” said a Home Ministry spokesperson.MHA is the nodal authority to sanction security clearance to foreign investors under the National Security Clearance Policy. A total of 14-15 parametres exist in eight to nine sensitive areas like telecom, ports, and civil aviation, etc. Areas close to the border and vital installations have been kept away from foreign investors by the Home Ministry.China has invested USD 1.64 billion (Rs 10,094 crore) in Indian industries between April 2000 and March 2017.Chinese companies have invested mostly in sectors such as telecom, power, engineering, and infrastructure. Several Chinese companies have also shown interests to set up industrial parks in the country.The standoff between the Chinese and Indian troops continues in Dokalam area. The faceoff was triggered after Bhutan, which has close diplomatic and military ties with India, protested against People’s Liberation Army troops building a road close to the strategic tri-junction of India, Bhutan, and Tibet, neighbouring the Chumbi Valley in Chinese control.

Sikkim stand-off: Chinese envoy rules out compromise, says ‘ball is in India’s court’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.In unusually blunt remarks, China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff. Asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think- tanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, the ambassador said in an interview to PTI: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option).” The Chinese government is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a “pre- condition”, he asserted.”The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India,” he said. China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for past 19 days after a Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.
ALSO READ Sikkim stand-off: Govt not taking Chinese incursions seriously, says Congress “The situation is grave and made me deeply worried. It is the first time that Indian troops have crossed the mutually recognised boundary and trespassed into China’s territory, triggering a close range face off between Chinese and Indian border troops. Now 19 days have passed, but the situation still has not eased,” Luo said.He also asserted that India has no right to interfere with the China-Bhutan boundary talks, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan. On the standoff, the Ministry of External Affairs had said India was “deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India”. “As for the so called ‘security concerns’ of the Indian side, India has crossed a delimited boundary into other country’s territory in the name of security concerns, no matter what kind of activities it conducts there, which will not acceptable to any sovereign state.
ALSO READ Amid Sikkim stand-off, China naval vessels ‘unusually’ active in Indian Ocean”India cannot encroach upon the territory of other countries on the ground of its ‘security concerns’. Otherwise, the world would be in chaos,” the Chinese envoy added. He also asserted that “it is critical that India shall withdraw its troops immediately to minimise the negative impact. It serves the interests of the two sides.”

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