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    (CNN)The United States is to take part in a joint military exercise with India less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the South Asian country's disputed border with China.The military drills will be held in mid-October at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Auli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and will focus on high-altitude warfare training, according to a senior Indian Army officer with knowledge of the matter. Auli is about 95 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an inhospitable piece of land where the disputed border between India and China is roughly demarcated. The drills will take place as part of the 18th edition of an annual joint exercise known as "Yudh Abhyas" -- or "War Practice".Relations between India and China have been strained since a bloody clash between their soldiers in the Himalayas in June 2020 left at least 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers dead.Read MoreTensions have been raised further recently by China building a bridge across the Pangong Tso lake that sits along the border -- a move condemned by the Indian...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker energy minister on Wednesday extended the licensing deadline for oil and gas companies to explore in the country’s territorial waters until mid-December, to give more firms the chance to bid, state-run news agency reported. The decision by the minister, Walid Fayad, to extended the deadline of the second round of licensing until Dec. 15 followed a request by the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, the National News Agency said. In 2017, Lebanon approved licenses for an international consortium by France’s Total, Italy’s ENI and Russia’s Novatek to move forward with offshore oil and gas development for two of 10 blocks in the Mediterranean Sea, including one that is disputed in part with neighboring Israel. The companies did not find viable amounts of oil and gas in block number 4 north of Beirut, and drilling in block number 9 in the south has been repeatedly postponed because of the maritime border dispute with Israel. The new round of licensing will cover the remaining eight offshore blocks, the report said. The extension will give additional companies currently not...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border met Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday in Beirut, the president’s office said . The talks focused on ways of reaching a solution amid rising tensions along the tense boundary. Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. State Department, arrived in Beirut on Monday following an invitation by the Lebanese government. The invitation came after Israel set up a gas rig at its designated location at the Karish field, which Israel says is part of its U.N.-recognized exclusive economic zone. Lebanon insists it is in a disputed area. Israel and Lebanon’s Iran-backed militant Hezbollah have been exchanging threats, with Hezbollah’s leader last week warning he would strike the gas rig at Karish. The heavily armed Hezbollah, which has fought several wars with Israel, has repeatedly said in the past that it would use its weapons to protect Lebanon’s economic rights. Days later, Israel’s army Chief Aviv Kochavi threatened Lebanon with “unprecedented bombing” saying that a future war would be very...
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government invited on Monday a U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border to return to Beirut as soon as possible to work out an agreement amid rising tensions along the border. The invitation for Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. State Department, came a day after Israel set up an oil rig at its designated location at the Karish field, which Israel says is part of its U.N.-recognized exclusive economic zone. Lebanon insists it is in a disputed area. The U.S.-mediated indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel have been stalled for months amid disagreement within Lebanon over how big the disputed area is. Lebanon is home to the heavily armed militant Hezbollah group, which is backed by Iran and has fought several wars with Israel. Hezbollah has also warned it would use its weapons to protect Lebanon’s business rights. On Sunday, Lebanon warned Israel not to start drilling in the Karish field and President Michel Aoun said maritime border negotiations have...
    An Indian fighter jet flies over a mountain range in Ladakh at the height of a military confrontation with China in June 2020 during which 20 Indian soldiers died.Tauseef Mustafa | Afp | Getty Images China is building a bridge across a lake in Ladakh on China's Himalayan border with India — a move condemned by the Indian government, which called it an "illegal construction." It is the second and sturdier of two Chinese bridges across the Pangong Tso lake.  Speaking to CNBC, a retired general of the Indian Army, who used to be stationed in Ladakh, said the new bridge is capable of supporting tanks and armored personnel carriers and would help China speed up deployment between the river banks. "What the bridge adds to Chinese capabilities is the ability to speedily move forces between the north and the south banks of Pangong Tso lake, which they were earlier lacking" said General Rohit Gupta, who served with the Fire and Fury Corps of the Northern Command of the Indian Army. Ladakh is the site of an ongoing confrontation between...
    China continues making moves that threaten to increase tensions with its neighbors, including India, as it expands on plans to build settlements along the disputed border with Bhutan.  China in 2017 revealed plans to build over 600 villages in border areas in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and it has made moves to consolidate control over a region that would have implications on relations with India. Tensions flared after Chinese teams began building a road onto the Doklam Plateau, but both China and India backed down after withdrawing troops and engaging in discussion.  FILE PHOTO: A security surveillance camera overlooking a street is pictured next to a nearby fluttering flag of China in Beijing, China November 25, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins But satellite images analyzed by Reuters indicate that China plans to step up tensions by continuing to press its claim by building settlements along the border with Bhutan.  CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS SAYS CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS AND INFLATION ARE DAMAGING READINESS The image analysis, carried out by U.S. data analytics firm HawkEye 360, revealed over 200 structures, including...
    Indian Gen. Bipin Rawat, the chief of India’s defense staff, told reporters on Friday that although China has recently built villages along its unmarked Himalayan boundary with India, the outposts are “well within” the Chinese side of the border, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. “They are building this infrastructure, [these] kind of so-called villages, which are well within their side of the LAC. They have not transgressed anywhere on our perception of the LAC,” Gen. Rawat told reporters on November 12. He referred to the LAC, or “Line of Actual Control,” which is New Delhi’s official name for the unmarked India-China border in the Himalayas. “The present controversy that has erupted — that the Chinese have come across into our territory and built a new village — is not true,” Gen. Rawat said Friday. “[A]s far as we are concerned, no such village development has taken place on our side of the LAC,” he added. Gen. Rawat’s remarks came in response to comments by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on November 11. The ministry had addressed a U.S....
    India has deployed another 50,000 troops on its disputed Himalayan border with China - a significant display of power to its nuclear rival. The two sides clashed in a high-mountain battle last year that left more than 20 soldiers dead in the bloodiest days since the Sino-Indian War of 1962.  Over the last three months, India has dispatched soldiers and fighter jets to the border, bringing its total up to 200,000 troops, an increase of 40 per cent on last year, sources told Bloomberg. It is not clear what numbers China has but it has bolstered its infrastructure across the tundra with runways, bomb-proof bunkers for fighter jets, howitzers and outposts. Beijing has also sent long-range artillery, tanks, anti-aircraft missiles and fighter jet squadrons over the last few months, Bloomberg reported.   China's state broadcaster CCTV released video in February which purported to show the bloody mountain battle last June, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead and at least four Chinese troops The fiercely contested Line of Actual Control stretches from Ladakh in the west to India's eastern state...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing minister of public works said Monday that he has signed a decree that would increase the area claimed by the Mediterranean country in a maritime border dispute with Israel. Public Works Minister Michel Najjar told reporters that he has signed an amendment of the decree that would formally extend Lebanon’s claims by 1,430 square kilometers (550 square miles). The unilateral move by Lebanon is likely to anger Israel and the U.S. who are not expected to recognize Beirut’s extension of the disputed area. Lebanon and Israel began indirect talks with U.S. mediation in October to reach a deal over the disputed area that is believed to be rich with oil and natural gas deposits. The meetings that stopped few weeks later were being held at a U.N. post along the border of the two nations that remain technically in a state of war. The negotiations were the first non-security talks to be held between the two countries, which have no diplomatic relations following decades of conflict. Resolving the border issue could pave the way for...
    Russia has dispatched 4,000 troops to the Ukraine border and warned that a conflict in the Donbass region could 'destroy' its neighbour.   Footage emerged today showing shows dozens of military helicopters close to the frontier, and the movement of tanks and other military vehicles by train. The United States yesterday pledged its 'unwavering' support to Ukraine as defense officials said they were aware of thousands of troops newly-deployed to the separatist Donbass territory, which is controlled by pro-Moscow factions.  Kiev has put its forces on high alert with drills close to the rebel controlled Luhansk and near Russian-held Crimea, claiming it is responding to visible aggression by Vladimir Putin's military machine.  
    America Marie-France Cros Subscribers Published on 02-26-21 at 1:17 p.m. – Updated 02-26-21 at 1:18 p.m. © Shutterstock The Kamarang Falls, one of the highest in the world, is located on the Kamarang River in disputed territory between the two states. The International Court of Justice in The Hague – an emanation of the UN – is examining from this Friday in The Hague the border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over Esequibo. It is a sparsely populated area (240,000 inhabitants for 160,000 km2) but rich in gold and oil, disputed since the 16th century when the border has never been delimited. Currently, it constitutes two-thirds of the territory of Guyana but appears as territory of Venezuela since the first Constitution of this country, in 1811.
    (CNN)China has revealed that four of its People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were killed during a bloody hand-to-hand battle with Indian troops on the two countries' disputed border high in the Himalayas in June 2020.The two sides fought with fists, stones, and nailed-studded bamboo poles, in what was the deadliest border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in more than 40 years. New Delhi previously said at least 20 Indian soldiers died during the brawl in the Galwan Valley area.On Friday, China's official army newspaper, PLA Daily, said a battalion commander, Chen Hongjun, and three soldiers -- Chen Xiangrong, Xiao Siyuan and Wang Zhuoran -- had died in the "fierce struggle" defending the border, and were given posthumous awards. Twenty Indian soldiers dead after clash with China along disputed borderAn award was also given to Qi Fabao, the regimental commander from the PLA Xinjiang Military Command, who was seriously injured in the clash, according to the report. PLA Daily did not reveal the soldiers' ranks.Read MoreAccording to the PLA Daily report, "foreign military" troops violated an agreement with China and...
    (CNN)China has withdrawn troops, dismantled infrastructure and vacated camps along its disputed border with India, according to new satellite images -- just a week after both countries agreed to a mutual disengagement.Satellite images taken on January 30 by US-based Maxar Technologies showed a number of Chinese deployments along Pangong Tso, a strategically important lake that runs across the two nuclear powers' de facto border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In new images taken on Tuesday, dozens of vehicles and building structures had been removed, leaving empty land. China announced on February 10 that both countries had agreed to disengage along the south and north shores of the lake. "The Chinese have shown their sincerity of intent of purpose in carrying out the disengagement process," Indian Lt. Gen. YK Joshi told CNN affiliate CNN-News18 on Thursday. "They have been doing it at a very rapid pace."Images and footage released by the Indian Army on February 10 showed excavator trucks and loaded convoys, Chinese soldiers dismantling tents and carrying bags out of camp, and People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China have agreed to disengage troops from a bitterly contested lake area in the western Himalayas, the Indian defence minister said on Thursday, in a breakthrough after a months-long standoff on the disputed border. Rajnath Singh told parliament the accord had been reached after several rounds of talks between military commanders and diplomats. "Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake," he said. (Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Kim Coghill) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: India
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled last week along the countries’ disputed border, Indian officials said Monday, as a monthslong standoff between the nuclear-armed rivals continued. The clash in the Naku La area of Sikkim came four days before the countries held a ninth round of talks on Sunday on ending tensions in another disputed border area in the remote Ladakh region. The Indian army described the clash at Naku La as “a minor face off” and said it “was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols.” An army statement did not provide any other details, but asked media “to refrain from overplaying or exaggerating” the incident. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said he did not have information to provide on the incident but urged India “not to take any unilateral action that may further complicate or exacerbate the border tension.” Since a deadly clash last year, soldiers from the two sides have brawled occasionally and fired shots for the first time in decades, breaking a longstanding agreement not to use firearms during border...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — A Chinese soldier seized by India’s military in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a border standoff, was handed back to China on Monday, the army said. India took the soldier into custody last Friday, when China said one of its soldiers had gone missing “due to darkness and complicated terrain” along the disputed high-altitude border. The soldier was returned to China at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point, the Indian military said in a statement. He was the second Chinese soldier to be detained by India since tensions escalated last year along the disputed border. The standoff between the Asian giants began last May with a fierce brawl, and exploded into hand-to-hand combat with clubs, stones and fists on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. China is believed to also have had casualties, but has not given any details. Both sides have sent reinforcements to the border, with troops settling in for the winter. In September, a few shots were fired for the first time in decades, breaking a...
    New Delhi (CNN)A Chinese soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), south of the Pangong Tso lake in the Ladakh region on Friday, the Indian Army said in a statement.The Chinese soldier was taken into custody by Indian troops after crossing over the LAC, the de facto border between the two countries. The reason for the soldier's crossing of the LAC is being investigated, the statement said.The strategically located lake, approximately 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) above sea level, spans an area stretching from the Indian territory of Ladakh to Chinese-controlled Tibet, in the greater Kashmir region where India, China and Pakistan all claim territory.The LAC, which marks the de facto border, passes through the lake.Troops from both sides have been deployed along the LAC since a bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June marked the deadliest border conflict in more than 40 years. Read More At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in that incident. China has never acknowledged any casualties from that clash.In September, China and India agreed to stop...
    Indian forces have detained a Chinese soldier on a disputed Himalayan border where the two nations fought a deadly battle last year, the military said today. The arrest marks the second detention on the high altitude border since their deadliest confrontation in decades broke out in June, in which at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed.  The face-off began in early May with a fierce brawl before exploding into hand-to-hand combat with clubs, stones and fists on June 15 which is also understood to have caused a number of Chinese casualties.  Both India and China have since heavily militarised each side of the Ladakh region.  It was said today that a People's Liberation Army soldier was 'apprehended' on the Indian side of the area, known as the Line of Actual Control. The Indian army said in a statement the man was detained in the early hours of Friday and taken into custody. Indian army soldiers stand on a snow covered road after snowfall near Zojila mountain pass that connects Srinagar to the union territory of Ladakh, bordering China 'The PLA soldier is being dealt with...
    NEW satellite images show China is developing secret bases on a disputed border with India - in the latest sign of escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed powers. Monitors say there has been construction of "new military storage bunkers" near the Doklam area, which was at the centre of a tense stand-off between the two fierce rivals in 2017. 4Satellite images show China is developing secret bases on a disputed border with IndiaCredit: Maxar According to US-based satellite operator Maxar Technologies the images - dated October 28 - show "there has clearly been significant construction activity this year all along the Torsa River valley area."  The area is along a hotly-disputed Himalayan border between India and Bhutan - which is seen as being of strategic importance to all three countries. Three years ago military tensions flared in Doklam when China started to construct a road in the area. While both countries sent troops to the area no lives were lost and eventually the situation was diffused. Maxar Tech said the images show the newly-constructed Pangda Village, on the Bhutanese side...
    Hong Kong (CNN)New satellite images appear to show China has built up an area in the Himalayas along a disputed border with India and Bhutan that was the site of a months-long standoff in 2017.According to US-based satellite operator Maxar Technologies, the images, dated October 28, 2020, show "there has clearly been significant construction activity this year all along the Torsa River valley area." In a statement, Maxar added there had also been construction of "new military storage bunkers" near the Doklam area. Maxar said the images show the newly constructed Pangda Village, on the Bhutanese side of the disputed border, as well as a supply depot in Chinese territory, near the point of a tense dispute between Indian and Chinese forces in 2017. In a statement, Bhutan's ambassador to India, Major General Vetsop Namgyel, said "there is no Chinese village inside Bhutan." China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to CNN's request for comment about the new images. India's Ministry of External Affairs also did not immediately comment. Read MoreIndian broadcaster NDTV first reported the satellite images. Satellite...
    NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) - Israel and Lebanon resumed U.S.-mediated talks on Wednesday over their disputed Mediterranean Sea border, that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area, a source and Lebanon's state news agency said. The longtime foes held three rounds of talks last month hosted by the United Nations at a peacekeeper base in southern Lebanon which the U.N. and the United States had described as "productive". But sources had said that gaps between the sides remain large after they each presented contrasting maps outlining proposed borders that actually increased the size of the disputed area. Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields but Lebanon, which has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters, is desperate for cash from foreign donors as it faces the worst economic crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. The meetings are the culmination of three years of diplomacy by Washington, and follow a series of deals under which three Arab nations - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan - agreed to establish full relations with Israel. Lebanon...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian army said Wednesday that it returned a Chinese soldier who had strayed into the Indian side in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff. The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from the People’s Liberation Army, was apprehended inside the Indian-controlled Demchok area on Monday, an Indian army statement said earlier this week. A Chinese army said in a statement on its website that the soldier was returned to the Chinese border troops early Wednesday. In September, China had freed five Indians after they strayed into the Chinese side of the disputed border. India said the five were hunters from a state bordering China. The standoff between the Asian giants in early May erupted into a fierce brawl, and worsened into hand-to-hand combat with soldiers using clubs, stones and fists on June 15, leaving 20 Indian troops dead. China is believed to also have suffered casualties, but has not given any details. The countries have held a series of political, military and diplomatic talks to end the...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat to its Foreign Ministry on Thursday to complain about what Islamabad says was “indiscriminate and unprovoked firing” by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. A Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement said the cross-border fire on Wednesday seriously injured two Pakistani civilians, ages 25 and 28, from Barmoch village. There was no immediate comment from India. Pakistan and India routinely accuse each other of unprovoked attacks along the tense Kashmir frontier in violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement. Pakistan says India has violated the truce more than 2,000 times this year alone, and India also says there have been thousands of violations by Pakistani troops stationed along the border. Kashmir is split between the nuclear-armed rivals, and both claim it in its entirety. They have fought two wars over Kashmir since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947. They also came dangerously close to what could have escalated into a nuclear conflagration in 1999. The decades-old dispute over Kashmir took a further tumble downward in 2019 when the Indian government...
    NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese and Israeli teams met on Wednesday at a United Nations base in southern Lebanon for talks on their disputed maritime border, a United Nations source said. The U.S.-mediated talks follow three years of diplomacy by the United States and were announced weeks after Washington stepped up pressure on allies of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, which fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006. (Reporting by Dominic Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Lebanon and Israel, formally still at war after decades of conflict, launch talks on Wednesday to address a long-running dispute over their maritime border running through potentially gas-rich Mediterranean waters. The U.S.-mediated talks follow three years of intense diplomacy by Washington and were announced less than a month after the United States stepped up pressure on political allies of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. They also come after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to establish full relations with Israel, under U.S.-brokered deals which realign some of Washington's closest Middle East allies against Iran. Hezbollah, which fought a five-week conflict with Israel in 2006, says the talks are not a sign of peace-making with its long-time enemy. Israel's energy minister also said expectations for Wednesday's meeting should be realistic. "We are not talking about negotiations for peace and normalization, rather an attempt to solve a technical, economic dispute that for 10 years has delayed the development of offshore natural resources," minister Yuval Steinitz tweeted. Nevertheless, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the decision to...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker confirmed Thursday that an agreement has been reached on a framework of indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel over a longstanding disputed maritime border between the two countries. Israel announced the talks last week, saying Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation. Thursday’s declaration by Speaker Nabih Berri is the first confirmation by Lebanon that the negotiations will take place. Israel and Lebanon have no diplomatic relations and are technically in a state of war. They each claim about 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the Mediterranean Sea as within their own exclusive economic zones. Berri said the U.S.-mediated talks will be held at the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the southern border town of Naqoura under the banner of the United Nations. He did not give a start date for the talks. Indirect talks mean that Lebanese army negotiators will not be speaking directly to members of the Israeli delegation but through U.N. officials. The United States has been mediating between Lebanon and Israel since 2010 until...
    North Korea has accused South Korea of crossing a disputed sea border in search of the body of a South Korean official killed by North Korean troops last week. South Korea denied the accusations, but the North warned Sunday that the incident could escalate tensions. NORTH KOREA'S KIM APOLOGIZES OVER SHOOTING DEATH OF S. KOREAN “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may lead to escalation of tensions,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “It arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident.” South Korea’s military and coast guard responded to North Korea's claim of a border incursion by saying their ships and aircraft have been searching waters south of the boundary since Friday in case the official's body drifts back. A South Korean marine boat patrols near Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, on Sunday.  (Baek Seung-ryul/Yonhap via AP) Officials in Seoul have said the 47-year-old was likely attempting to defect before North Korean troops aboard a boat fatally shot him...
    (CNN)China and India on Monday agreed to stop sending more troops to their disputed border in the Himalayas, following an escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.Indian and Chinese senior military commanders met on Monday to discuss stabilizing tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the loosely defined demarcation line that separates the two countries. In a joint statement, both sides agreed to strengthen communication on the ground to avoid misunderstandings or action "that may complicate the situation."They also agreed to not take any unilateral action that would change the situation on the ground, according to the statement.Another round of high-level military meetings will be held "as soon as possible," the statement said. China and India accuse each other of firing shots as border tensions escalate Read MoreTensions have been rising in the Himalayas since a bloody clash between Indian and Chinese troops in June and efforts to deescalate in the wake of the violence appeared to be faltering. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in that incident, the deadliest border conflict with China in over 40...
    GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - The United States and Guyana will begin joint maritime patrols aimed at drug interdiction near the South American country's disputed border with crisis-stricken Venezuela, the U.S. secretary of state and Guyana's new president said on Friday. The agreement comes as U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp, as part of a consortium with Hess Corp and China's CNOOC Ltd, ramps up crude output from Guyana's massive offshore Stabroek block, a large portion of which is in waters claimed by Venezuela. "Greater security, greater capacity to understand your border space, what's happening inside your Exclusive Economic Zone - those are all things that give Guyana sovereignty," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a joint appearance with newly-installed Guyanese President Irfaan Ali. Pompeo is using his four-nation South America tour to ramp up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen a six-year economic collapse and has been indicted in the United States on narcoterrorism charges, to resign. "We know that the Maduro regime has decimated the people of Venezuela and that Maduro himself is an indicted...
    By Devjyot Ghoshal LEH, India (Reuters) - From deploying mules to large transport aircraft, India's military has activated its entire logistics network to transport supplies to thousands of troops for a harsh winter along a bitterly disputed Himalayan border with China. In recent months, one of India's biggest military logistics exercises in years has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel, winter supplies and food into Ladakh, a region bordering Tibet that India administers as a union territory, officials said. The move was triggered by a border stand-off with China in the snow deserts of Ladakh that began in May and escalated in June into hand-to-hand combat. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed while China suffered an undisclosed number of casualties. Both countries are negotiating to resolve the confrontation, but neither side has backed down. The Indian military is now set to keep troops deployed along the treacherous, high-altitude border through the winter. Eastern Ladakh, where the flare-up occurred, is typically manned by 20,000-30,000 soldiers. But the deployment has more than doubled with the tensions, a military official said, declining to...
    Multiple Indian media outlets reported on Thursday that the Indian military had expanded its control of mountains on the Chinese border that Beijing claims as its own following an exchange that resulted in the first gunshots fired on the border in 45 years. Chinese media predicted that high-level diplomatic and military talks between the two nations this week directly addressing the tensions may be the “last chance” to avoid war. Tensions have flared on the mutual border shared by India’s Ladakh region and Chinese-occupied Tibet this summer following the deadliest clash there in over half a century, occurring in June. On that occasion, Indian officials say they acted to dislodge a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unit that had illegally established itself on Indian territory. The Communist Party of China insisted that PLA troops were not present on Indian territory and that the Indian forces, not the Chinese, were illegally present in the wrong country. Last week, Indian troops reportedly intercepted another contingent of an estimated 200 PLA forces. Indian officials said they acted preemptively when they noted that the Chinese...
    CHINA has deployed strategic bombers close to India as the two nuclear powers exchanged gunfire over a hotly disputed border for the first time 45 years. Tensions have been simmering in the region for years as both sides stake their claim to the area around the so-called Line of Actual Control in the Himalayas. 8H-6 bombers have been deployed to TibetCredit: Weibo 8Indian soldiers stand guard Credit: EPA Chinese state media warned the nation "must be fully prepared to take military action when diplomatic engagement fails" with India. Pictures published by the Chinese military show at least three H-6 bombers believed to be deployed at an airfield believed to be in Tibet. The jet aircraft carry heavy air-to-ground weapons and anti-ship cruise missiles and have a range of around 1,500 miles. State media have also boasted they can carry a huge bomb dubbed China's version of the Mother of All Bombs - a 20ft long, 10 ton explosive. It comes as Indian and Chinese soldiers exchanged fire with each other along the border in Ladakh amid worsening...
    Tensions along the disputed India-China border seem to be getting worse, three months after their deadliest confrontation in decades. The Asian giants accused each other this week of sending soldiers into the other's territory and fired warning shots for the first time in 45 years, raising the specter of full-scale military conflict. Their foreign ministers are expected to discuss the simmering dispute in Moscow on Thursday on the sidelines of a regional security and economic meeting. Indian army vehicles move along a highway leading to Ladakh on Wednesday as tensions rise on the border with China The high-altitude standoff along the eastern section of what's known as the Line of Actual Control - a loose demarcation - risks dramatically altering the already fraught relationship between the nuclear-armed neighbors. The face-off began in early May with a fierce brawl before exploding into hand-to-hand combat with clubs, stones and fists on June 15 that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. China is believed to have taken casualties, but has given no numbers.  India and China inherited their territorial disputes from the period...
    A senior Chinese diplomat accused Indian forces of firing “gun shots” in the vicinity of Chinese troops along a disputed border, just months after a brutal hand-to-hand conflict between the sides left dozens dead. “We demand that the Indian side immediately stop dangerous activities, pull back trespassers, strictly discipline frontline troops, hold those who fired the shots in provocation accountable, and make sure such incidents will not be repeated,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a Tuesday press conference. “It was the Indian side that first opened fires at and threatened the Chinese border troopers.” Indian military officials dispute China’s account of the latest incident in the Himalayan border region, maintaining instead that it was China that violated a 1996 agreement that banned the firing of weapons forces on either side of the unofficial boundary line. The confrontation was instigated by Chinese forces who came equipped with “rods, spears, clubs and sharp weapons,” according to Indian authorities who released a photo appearing to show the crude armaments. “It was the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops...
    China and India on Tuesday accused each other’s troops of firing warning shots along a disputed border, as tensions between the two nuclear powers continue to escalate despite holding talks to defuse the standoff. China’s western military command said the incident happened Monday along the southern coast of Pangong Lake in an area known in China as Shenpaoshan, and in India as Chushul. Chinese officials said Indian forces crossed into the territory it holds and were the first to fire warning shots at a Chinese patrol. INDIAN LAWMAKER ACCUSES CHINESE BORDER TROOPS OF ABDUCTING 5 CIVILIANS After shots were fired, Chinese forces took “necessary measures to stabilize and control the situation,” the command said in a statement citing spokesman Zhang Shuili. India denied China’s accusations and said Chinese soldiers tried to surround one of its forward posts in a “grave provocation” and also fired warning shots. In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, File) Col. Aman Anand,...
    India has accused China of kidnapping five of its citizens along the dispute Himalayan border.  Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since a mass brawl along the frontier left 20 Indian soldiers dead. The two sides have since renewed patrols along the 2,000 mile Line of Actual Control (LAC) which has been in dispute since the 1962 Sino-Indian War.  The five missing men are from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as South Tibet, and the Indian Army said it informed the People's Liberation Army (PLA) about them on Saturday. Indian soldiers pay their respects during the funeral of their comrade, Tibetan-origin India's special forces soldier Nyima Tenzin in Leh on September 7 Indian protesters burn a poster of Chinese president Xi Jinping in July after a mass brawl which left 20 soldiers dead  'We spoke with them on the hotline and told them that it's suspected that some people have crossed across to your side and we will be grateful if you could hand them over back, as per what...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Defense ministers of India and China have met in the Russian capital to try to solve rising tensions along their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region, where a June clash killed 20 Indian soldiers. India’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted about his meeting Friday night with Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe that lasted about two hours. He didn’t give any details about the outcome of the first direct high-level contact between the two sides in the monthslong standoff. The ministers met on the sidelines of a meeting of the defense chiefs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The body comprises China, India, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Krgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In his address, Singh said “peace and security in the region demands a climate of trust, non-aggression, peaceful resolution of differences and respect for international rules.” Troops on both sides are aggressively deployed in the Karakorum mountains in the Ladakh region. The two Asian giants share thousands of kilometers (miles) of disputed border. Both have accused the other of fresh provocations, including allegations of soldiers...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday banned the widely popular Chinese mobile game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG, along with 117 other mobile apps in another move targeting China. The decision came amid soaring tensions between India and China following their deadliest standoff in decades near a disputed border in the Ladakh region. The government said in a statement that PUBG and the other banned mobile applications were engaged in activities that were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.” PUBG has around 33 million active users in India. In late June, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese-owned applications, including TikTok, citing privacy concerns that it said posed a threat to India’s sovereignty and security. The move was seen as retaliation during a tense border standoff between the two countries that led to 20 Indian army personnel being killed on June 15. A month later, India banned 47 more Chinese mobile applications that cloned the previously restricted apps. Tensions have been high between India and China for months....
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders held talks for a second day Tuesday following a new escalation in tensions along their contested border in the Ladakh region. Both of the Asian giants have accused the other of fresh provocations, including allegations of soldiers crossing into each other’s territory, months after their deadliest standoff in decades. Details of the talks which resumed Tuesday morning weren’t immediately disclosed. The two countries have amassed soldiers and equipment in the region in recent months. On Monday, India said its soldiers had thwarted “provocative” movements by China’s military on Saturday night. In turn, China’s defense ministry accused Indian troops of crossing established lines of control and creating provocations along the disputed border on Monday. Both India and China have provided little information, but media in the two countries have given extensive coverage to the escalating tensions. The standoff is over disputed portions of a pristine landscape high in the Karakoram mountains that boasts the world’s highest landing strip, a glacier that feeds one of the largest irrigation systems in the...
    India has accused China of making “provocative” military moves near a disputed border where just months earlier a deadly incident between the two countries left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. India’s defense ministry said in a statement Monday that China’s People’s Liberation Army on Saturday night “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” in the Ladakh region and “violated” the consensus reached during recent peace talks to settle the standoff. SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS CHINA BUILDING UP MILITARY PRESENCE IN GALWAN VALLEY DAYS AFTER DEADLY CLASH WITH INDIA Indian troops “undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on [the] ground,” the statement said. In this June 17, 2020, file photo, an Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, India. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan, File) The ministry said the activity took place on the southern bank of Pangong Lake, a glacial lake divided by the de facto frontier between the rivals and where the India-China faceoff began in early May. CHINA RELEASES 10 INDIAN SOLDIERS...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India says it has thwarted China’s “provocative” military movements amid an ongoing standoff along the disputed border. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on their disputed border there, escalating tension between the Asian giants. Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed. Officials said Modi was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the chief of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane. India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 were injured. China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered. The nuclear-armed neighbours have amassed troops along the border, most of which remains disputed, and military and diplomatic talks are going on to de-escalate the confrontation. (Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Fayaz Bukhari; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani, Robert Birsel) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders met for a third time in an attempt to ease a monthlong face-off over disputed territory and emphasized the need for a phased deescalation of tensions, a senior Indian army official said Wednesday. The official said more meetings are expected, both among military officials and diplomats, to reach a mutually agreeable solution and ensure peace along their disputed “Line of Actual Control.” The latest meeting took place on the Indian side of the disputed border on Tuesday, he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. There was no immediate comment by the Chinese foreign ministry. India’s army chief, Gen. M.M. Naravane, visited the area in Ladakh last week to review his troops’ preparedness after hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 left 20 Indians dead. Indian officials say there were casualties on the Chinese side as well, but there has been no confirmation by Beijing. Indian officials say the current standoff began in early May when large...
    INDIA is sending a dozen Navy super-ships into a disputed region to match “bullying” China’s firepower after their deadly border clash, say reports. High-powered, surveillance-equipped steel boats are heading to the Ladakh region of the Western Himalayas, after 500 soldiers brawled in a ferocious territorial battle. 8Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC Ladakh 14 Corps, with then Northern Army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh patrolling Ladakh’s Pangong Tso lake last yearCredit: Indian Army 8Pangong Tso lake is seen near the India-China border in India's Ladakh areaCredit: AP:Associated Press The Hindustan Times reports that the boats are being sent so the Indian Army can patrol Pangong Tso and match the heavier Type 928 B vessels of the Chinese Army lake fleet. The waterway is a deep and long, narrow lake situated at a height of more than 14,000 ft in the Ladakh Himalayas. Lake Pangong Tso "is at the centre of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aggression in East Ladakh, with the Chinese bullying India into ceding territory on both the banks and deliberately pushing the Modi government into retaliatory mode," the Times adds....
    By SAM MCNEIL and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Construction activity appeared underway on both the Indian and Chinese sides of a contested border high in the Karakoram mountains a week after a deadly clash in the area left 20 Indian soldiers dead, satellite images showed. The images released this week by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, show new construction activity along the Galwan River Valley, even as Chinese and Indian diplomats said military commanders had agreed to disengage from a standoff there. The images appeared to show that the Indians had built a wall on their side and the Chinese had expanded an outpost camp at the end of a long road connected to Chinese military bases farther from the poorly defined border, according to experts. The contradictions in words and deeds showed the fragility of an agreement following the worst violence since the Asian giants went to war in 1962 over their competing claims to the arid border region, experts said. China has said that India first changed the status quo last August when it...
    BEIJING (AP) — Construction activity appeared underway on both the Indian and Chinese sides of a contested border high in the Karakoram mountains a week after a deadly clash in the area left 20 Indian soldiers dead, satellite images showed. The images released this week by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, show new construction activity along the Galwan River Valley, even as Chinese and Indian diplomats said military commanders had agreed to disengage from a standoff there. The images appeared to show that the Indians had built a wall on their side and the Chinese had expanded an outpost camp at the end of a long road connected to Chinese military bases farther from the poorly defined border, according to experts. The contradictions in words and deeds showed the fragility of an agreement following the worst violence since the Asian giants went to war in 1962 over their competing claims to the arid border region, experts said. China has said that India first changed the status quo last August when it split the state of Jammu and Kashmir into...
    Satellite image of the construction along the Galwan River. New satellite images reveal that Chinese authorities are building infrastructure in the Himalaya area where it occurred this month the worst border incident between Chinese and Indian soldiers in 45 years. The confrontation occurred in the Galwan Valley, at the de facto border between the two countries, and left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead, according to New Delhi. The Indian government also claims that there was chinese casualties, but Beijing has not confirmed it. The new escalation of tensions between the two nuclear powers has caused alarm in the international community, because despite their continuous friction in the area, no fatality had been registered in more than four decades. Since the last incident, the two nations have tried to publicly calm tensions and have held high-level talks. Last Wednesday, the Indian Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed that both sides “should sincerely implement the withdrawal and de-escalation agreement reached by the military high command on June 6. ” What the pictures show In...
    New York — Satellite images suggest China is building infrastructure in a disputed area with India China appears to be advancing on the disputed border with India. New satellite images suggest that Chinese authorities are building infrastructure in the Himalaya area where it occurred this month the worst border incident between Chinese and Indian soldiers in 45 years. The confrontation occurred in the Galwan Valley, on the de facto border between the two countries, and left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead, according to New Delhi. The Indian government also claims that there was chinese casualties, but Beijing has not confirmed this. The new escalation of tensions between the two nuclear powers has caused alarm in the international community, because despite their continuous friction in the area, no fatality had been recorded in more than four decades. Since the last incident, the two nations have tried to calm tensions publicly and have held high-level talks. Last Wednesday, the Indian Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed that both sides “should sincerely implement the withdrawal and...
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