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China And India Declare Ladakh Victory – On Traditional And Social Media

Given that the banks of the Pangong Lake mark only two of several areas of friction in the current standoff … both China and India’s state-sanctioned media offensives could very well scuttle future progress on comprehensively ending the standoff, either by letting public opinion get in its way or by inadvertently signalling to the other side that negotiating concessions are tactical at best, or are not in good faith, at worse.

Read Here | The Diplomat

18 Modi-Xi meetings, Several Pacts: Killings Breach Consensus, Dent Diplomacy

The killing of 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel-rank officer along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has set off considerable disquiet in South Block. The “violent face-off,” New Delhi said, happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to “unilaterally change the status quo” along the Line of Actual Control in Galwan valley.

Read Here – The Indian Express

China Puts Rising Star In Command Of Forces In Border Face-Off Against India

A rising star of the People’s Liberation Army has been sent to oversee the ground forces of the Western Theatre Command, where tensions are rising between China and India over border disputes. Xu Qiling, former ground force commander of the Eastern Theatre Command, swapped posts with his counterpart He Weidong in the west, overseeing border areas in the Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions since last month, according to a report posted on the Western Theatre Command’s WeChat social media account.

India Sidesteps Trump Offer To Mediate On China, Says In Talks With Beijing

India is in talks with China to deal with the most serious military standoff on their disputed border in recent years, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, sidestepping U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate. Soldiers have been facing off in the remote Ladakh region in the Himalayas since early May, accusing each other of trespassing and in recent days they have dug in defences and brought equipment.

Read Here – Reuters

China Is Waging A Water War On India

Beijing is fashioning water into a political weapon by denying India flood-related hydrological data since May, even as major flooding has hit the region from Assam to Uttar Pradesh. Data on upstream river flows is essential for flood forecasting and warning in order to save lives and reduce material losses. China’s data denial crimps flash flood modelling in India.

Read Here – Hindustan Times

‘Tibet Card’ Added to India-China Border Mix As Tibetan Flag Is Hoisted At Pang Gong Lake

Dr Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government in exile. Photo courtesy; Central Tibet Administration

Even as the stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers continued in one part of the Himalayas, Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, unfurled the Tibetan national flag on the shores of Pang Gong lake in Ladakh. The lake, located at over 14,000 feet, sits astride India and China, with the Line of Actual Control passing through it.

Read Here – The Wire

After Tibet, China Wants To Occupy Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan And Arunachal To Fulfil Mao’s Old Dream

China’s legendary revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, standing in front of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in the 1950s, talked about Tibet and the Himalayas: “Xizang (Tibet) is China’s right hand’s palm, which is detached from its five fingers — of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal (formerly NEFA). As all of these five are either occupied by, or under the influence of India, it is China’s responsibility to ‘liberate’ the five to be rejoined with Xizang (Tibet).”

Read Here – Defence News India

China Denies Sino-Indian ‘Face-Off’ Claims

China said there was no stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the border area, in response to reports by the Indian media which said Indian troops demolished a Chinese constructed watch tower in the sensitive region.

Read Here – People’s Daily

Engaging Over The Hump

After decades of pursuing Pakistan-centric war planning, the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force are recalibrating their sights towards the hitherto neglected northern frontiers with China, giving a hard push to improving its war-fighting capabilities against its more powerful neighbour and at the same time, increasing on-the-ground interaction with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Read Here – The Diplomat

India’s China Strategy: Mountains Vs. Oceans

Instead of pouring money into raising a force that can hardly address the Indian Army’s drawbacks at the border, Indian decision makers should have focused on addressing China’s weaknesses in the Indian Ocean

Read Here – The Hindu

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