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BUSTED: Xi Jinping Asks Army To Be ‘Battle Ready’ Againt India As China Evacuating Its Citizens

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India-China border tensions are increasing but Beijing has accused the Indian media of adding fuel to the fire by reporting fabricated news. China is planning to evacuate its citizens from India and the media have directly linked it to India-China border conflict, says Beijing. 

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The evacuation program should be seen as a regular service provided by the embassy to its citizens. Yet, some Indian news outlets have deliberately connected the evacuation to the border tension between China and India, fueling a new round of reckless speculation that China may be preparing for war, a report in Global Times says.

It is logical that Beijing would assist its citizens to return to their home country, given the challenges in the aviation sector. India stopped all incoming international flights in late March, and its ongoing coronavirus lockdown has stranded students, visitors and businessmen, explains the GT.

GT says the New Delhi should not misunderstand the evacuation move by China this time. After all, it was not long ago that the Indian government repatriated its citizens from various nations.

Still, any attempt to increase the confusion between the two nations is extremely incorrect at present. GT says that the Indian economy is now suffering from crippling lockdown while poor people are facing the threat of famine. China has no intention of heightening the border disputes with India, so its support to its citizens during Covid-19 should not be over-interpreted.

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Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 26 called on the Chinese Army – PLA “to think about worst-case scenarios” and “scale up battle preparedness”. Xi commented during his annual meeting with the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) representatives attending the National People’s Congress.

However, Xi’ had also referred to “battle preparedness” during his meeting with the PLA in 2019. This year, his speech centred on the post-pandemic situation, as he heard the PLA members of Parliament reporting on “strengthening training amid the epidemic, and accelerating capacity building on biosecurity defence”.

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President Xi said the Covid-19 epidemic “brought a profound impact on the global landscape and on China’s security and development as well”. He “ordered the PLA to think about worst-case scenarios, scale up training and battle preparedness, quickly and efficiently manage with all sorts of complicated circumstances and firmly protect national sovereignty, security and interests,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Hong Kong Today, Taiwan Tomorrow – Hong Kong’s Security Law Could Be China’s Blueprint For ‘Taiwan Problem’

Hong Kong’s security law has laid down the new ‘normal’ for the city. Free speech is now limited, extradition to the mainland is legal and support for Hong Kong’s freedom anywhere in the world is a criminal offence.

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The implementation of the draconian national security law in Hong Kong has spread fears in Taiwan that it could be the blueprint to deal with the ‘Taiwan problem’. Hong Kong and Taiwan seem to be headed in the same direction, with the national security law clearly indicating what the future holds for Taiwan.

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Hong Kong’s security law has laid down the new ‘normal’ for the city. Free speech is now limited, extradition to the mainland is legal and support for Hong Kong’s freedom anywhere in the world is a criminal offence. But for China, the buck does not stop here.

Writing for the Washington Post, John Pomfret suggests that Hong Kong security law could be China’s blueprint to deal with the ‘Taiwan problem’. According to Pomfret, with the passage of the national security law on Hong Kong, China has arguably moved a step closer towards war with the island democracy that sits 90 miles off its coast.

China considers Taiwan a ‘renegade’ province and has denounced any country that supports its independence. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong’s communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary.

To make his point, Pomfret uses the example of Li Su, the president of the Modern Think-Tank Forum and a prominent hard-liner in Beijing. After the passage of the security law in Hong Kong, Li took to Chinese social media to hail the law as a critical step in “liberating Taiwan.”

Li is a staunch supporter of an armed solution to the ‘Taiwan problem’. Li never minces his words when it comes to Taiwan and was even barred from entering the country by Taipei for making speeches that advocated the use of force in April 2019.

In June 2019, when Li led a team of academics to the United States, not only did he assert Beijing’s intention to take over the island, he also predicted how China would launch its current crackdown in Hong Kong.

In his recent lecture on the social media application, Weibo, Li said he interpreted the Hong Kong security law as a “test case” on which China will model its takeover of Taiwan. “We will learn how to control Taiwan by experimenting with this law on Hong Kong,” he declared.

He asserted that China’s experiment in Hong Kong is a message for Taiwanese people that they will be forcefully united i.e., independence activists, democracy activists, students who cause trouble and bring them to the mainland to be sentenced. He concluded by asking “who would dare oppose us?”

Opposition to the national security law has already led to the arrest of pro-democracy and pro-independence supporters in the erstwhile British colony. According to SCMP, 10 people have been taken into custody and could face trial in mainland courts.

Prominent pro-democracy activists such as Nathan Law have fled the autonomous region altogether. Citing fear of arrest, Law said that he had left Hong Kong for an unknown destination. Others are expected to follow-suit and according to experts at EurAsian Times, Beijing seems to have weakened the pro-democracy wave to a great extent.

Hong Kong- A test Case For Taiwan

In the opinion of Pomfret, China has used Hong Kong as a test case for its dealings with Taiwan. The model of “one country, two systems” is a case in point. China proposed the same system to be used by Taiwan when the United Kingdom handed back control of Hong Kong to Beijing in 1997.

In Taipei, the idea of Taiwan unified with China has found no support amongst Taiwanese. In fact, a record 67% out of 23 million people in Taiwan now self-identify as “Taiwanese” instead of either Taiwanese-Chinese or Chinese, according to a poll conducted by the National Chengchi University.

However, this has not stopped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from abandoning the threat of force to take over the island. Just last year, President Xi Jinping declared that China would “retain the option of taking all necessary measures” to absorb the island.

Taiwanese President Tsai-Ing Wen has become a thorn in the side for Beijing in recent times. Tsai views Taiwan as a de facto independent nation and not part of “one China” and has ramped up the military, economic and diplomatic support to counter increased Chinese pressure on the island.

There has been speculation amongst experts that that Xi wants to solve “the Taiwan question” sometime near July of next year when the Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its centenary. According to Li, the passage of the national security law in Hong Kong has confirmed this theory and has set the date for the ‘liberation of Taiwan’ to sometime around 2021.

While 27 countries including the US, UK, Canada, and Australia have condemned Chinese actions in Hong Kong, Li and other hardliners have played down the reaction. Li even mocked China’s enemies and referred to them as a ‘’group of dragons without a head.’’

Aiming primarily at Washington, Li questioned how the hooligan nation of America, making a reference to domestic unrest after the killing of George Floyd, can be a leader. ‘’America doesn’t even qualify to be China’s opponent. … What are they going to do, fight a war over Hong Kong?” he said.

Fear amongst the Taiwanese is justified. Although U.S. law requires the U.S. government to provide for Taiwan’s defence, the question remains whether Washington would send its troops to die for Taipei.

Armaan Srivastava

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After India, US Looking To Ban Chinese Mobile Apps Including TikTok

Earlier the Indian IT Ministry labelled the Chinese mobile apps as ‘’prejudicial to the sovereignty of India, defence of India, the security and state of public order.’’

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The US is now looking at options to ban Chinese mobile applications (apps). The decision comes a week after India banned 59 Chinese apps in retaliation to the violent clashes between Indian and  PLA troops in Galway Valley, Ladakh.

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In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is ‘certainly looking’ to ban Chinese social media apps, including Tiktok. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said.

The US has expressed concern ver TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Similar views were shared by the Indian Ministry of Information and Technology when it banned 59 Chinese apps including Tiktok, Wechat, Shareit, UC Browser etc last week.

As reported by EurAsian Times, the IT Ministry labelled the Chinese apps as ‘’prejudicial to the sovereignty of India, defence of India, the security and state of public order.’’

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While Beijing has expressed shock over India’s decision to block Chinese application, the video-sharing application TikTok has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.

While rumours were rife in New Delhi about TikTok India challenging the ban in court, company officials announced last week that it had no such plans and it was committed to working with the government to address its concerns.

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On Monday, TikTok announced that it would withdraw from the Hong Kong market within a few days, a direct response to China’s establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city.

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India, China Agree To Withdraw Troops From LAC; The Question Is Who Will Pull-Out First?

India, China have agreed to withdraw their frontline soldiers from the Line of Actual Control after elongated discussions between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Experts have questioned – who will withdraw first – Indian or Chinese soldiers?

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India and China have agreed to withdraw troops from the contested Line of Actual Control, the de-facto India-China border region, after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke on Sunday night.

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry released the contents of the discussion which revealed that India and China had reached an agreement on four key points. One is that they agreed to take guidance from the important accord reached by the top leaders (Modi and Xi), which attaches great significance to the stability of the border areas with the development of bilateral relations, and put border disputes in a proper perspective to evade heightening the border clashes writes the Chinese state media – the Global Times.

India and China also welcomed the progress achieved in the recent military and diplomatic meetings, agreed to stay in dialogue and consultation and emphasised the necessity to act on the agreement reached in the commander-level talks and to complete withdrawal of the front-line soldiers as soon as possible, according to the FM release.

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In response to a question on whether China has withdrawn troops from the contested Galwan Valley, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that both sides have agreed on disengagements of border troops. “We hope the two sides could meet each other halfway in implementing these agreements,” Zhao said.

The present talks between China and India strive to prevent the border situation from worsening any further, and it is an agreement reached by the two sides to defuse the tensions, Qian Feng, director of the research department of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University.

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“Meetings of China-India Special Representatives are the top political measures to handle the border issues, only second to the summit of leaders from the two countries, and it is safe to say that the special representative agreements send a positive signal to ease border tensions,” Zhao Gancheng, director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies said.

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The details of the pact, such as who will withdraw first – Indian or Chinese soldiers could be carried out in a “silent” manner, to avoid instigation public sentiments or provoking unreasonable emotions, especially in India, Zhao stated.

The India media reports that Chinese PLA troops have moved back tents, vehicles and soldiers by few kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks have not been confirmed by the Chinese officials.

Via: The Global Times

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