Connect with us

Asia Pacific

Experts Warn India, China Ties May Deteriorate After Soldiers Exchange Blows On The Volatile Border

Published

on

The fierce clashes that erupted between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in North Sikkim reportedly involving about 150 troops from both sides could hamper ties between New Delhi and Beijing, warn experts.

Due to the contested boundary between India and China, such issues keep arising. Army sources told media that “It should be noted that temporary and short duration face-offs along the Sikkim border occur as the boundary issue is not resolved. Troops resolve these issues mutually as per established protocols. This has occurred after a long time.”

The Sikkim face-off between Indian and Chinese troops was also resolved with local-level interaction and dialogue between senior officials of both the nations.

This has prompted sharp responses from experts who warn about China’s actions during the pandemic can hurt the bilateral ties between the two nuclear-armed nations.

Ranjit Kumar, a senior journalist says “Both sides engaged in minor stone-pelting at each other injuring a few on both sides. Last such confrontation happened in the Sikkim area in 1967 and the two forces haven’t exchanged any single bullet since then. This shows that the two sides are managing their border disputes peacefully.”

Kumar refers to the Doklam military standoff and says – “This indicates the urgent need to demarcate the border areas to prevent any miscalculation. The two nuclear powers must not allow the border disputes to result in open war.

The two leading economies and most populated countries of the world must show the maturity to come to an early conclusion of the unresolved border issues to enter into a new era of cooperation and mutual trust.

In the year of 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China, the leadership of both countries must make a serious move to close the unending bickerings over three decades-long border talks and open a new era in bilateral relations.”

Since the US government has been accusing China of having hidden the severity of the coronavirus and Indian government had already imposed the stringent FDI measures on opportunistic Chinese takeovers, Beijing intends to showcase its prowess in some manner, writes Kumar.

Another expert says – “The anti-China sentiment in the world is at an all-time high since Beijing was not transparent about the extent and nature of Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. India is no exception and people want the government to stay cautious with China.

The Indian government is already devising ways and means to lessen its economic dependence on China for good. The government has also amended its FDI policy with an eye on China.”

The expert continues saying that with such attacks and face-offs, China is showing its military muscle not only to India but also to the US and other countries who contest its claims in the South China Sea. As far as India is concerned, China generally indulges in a border face-off with India whenever Delhi’s relations with the US and other Quad partners start growing close.”

While other experts like a PhD. Scholar in International Relations from JNU tells EurAsian Times that “based on the calculus of our strong engagement with China, we both need each other. Apart from that, our border dispute with China interplays at a different level than with Pakistan, where we have more hardcore realist approach.”

The scholar concludes that “and lastly, the border isn’t marked so it’s flexing of muscles from both the side from time to time. There are a local disengagement mechanism and established protocols to deal with these issues.”

Advertisement

Asia Pacific

COVID-19: WHO experts in China to probe origins of Coronavirus

Published

on

Two World Health Organization (WHO) experts are travelling to China to talk to scientists to investigate the transmission of COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic from animals to humans, WHO chief said on Friday.

Addressing a webinar, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the global health experts will also prepare a scientific plan with their Chinese counterparts to identify the zoonotic source of the COVID-19 virus.

“As we continue to tackle the pandemic, we are also looking into the origins of the virus,” he said.

Adhanom said the scientists want to learn about the progress made in understanding the animal reservoir for COVID-19 and how the disease jumped between animals and humans.

“This will help lay the groundwork for the WHO-led international mission into finding the origins,” he said.

The team comprising an epidemiologist and an animal health specialist are flying to China to try and identify the pandemic’s animal source, WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said a UN press conference in Geneva.

Harris said the aim is also to examine from which species of animal the virus originated and then transmitted to humans.

On April 20, WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib had said that so far, all available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin, and it was not manipulated or manufactured in a lab, or somewhere else. She was responding to allegations that the virus spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“It most probably has its ecological reservoir in bats, but how the virus came from bats to humans is still to be discovered,” she said.

Missing intermediary host

“There was certainly an intermediary host or another animal that transmitted this virus from bats to this other animal, to humans, “she said.

Adhanom told international diplomats on Thursday that the member states at the 73rd World Health Assembly held in May had adopted a landmark resolution urging the WHO to initiate an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the lessons learned from the international health response to COVID-19.

“This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control,” said the chief of WHO.

“The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation,” he said.

The WHO had waited for seven months to investigate the source of the virus and this has led to criticism of the organization and American officials accused Adhanom of being too lenient to China.

An earlier WHO mission led by a Canadian doctor Bruse Aylward that went to China in February was criticized in the US for praising China’s in its fight against COVID-19.

Continue Reading

Asia Pacific

Indian Rafale Jets Would Have Been Useless Against Chinese Airforce – Russia Experts

Published

on

Rafale jets would have been useless against the Chinese Airforce (PLAAF) – Russian aviation experts have claimed. Rafale fighter jets belong to the 4 ++ generation would not have been of much use had an aerial conflict broken out in Ladakh again the PLAAF.

JF-17 vs Rafale: Why Pakistani JF-17 Thunder Poses A Serious Threat To Indian Rafale Fighter Jets?

As reported by EurAsian Times, India and China had been engaged in a brutal conflict in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. Troops of both countries have exchanged blows and even lost soldiers in the conflict that began more than a month ago.

Kulbhushan Jadhav Will Not Be Hanged; Could Be Swapped With India: BBC Report

Keeping in mind the situation in Ladakh, France said that it would accelerate the delivery of Rafale fighter jets to India. Aviation experts believe that the arrival of Rafale fighter jets will significantly boost the combat capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF). However, according to Russian experts, who did not wish to be named, the French fighter would not help India much incase the conflict turns hot.

Instigated by China, Sri Lanka could end port deal with India?

The astronomical cost of Rafale fighter jets is one of the reasons the French 4++ fighter jet would not help India. In the deal struck with Paris, New Delhi agreed to purchase 36 Rafale Jets. The total cost of the deal was an estimated Rs 59,000 crore with each jet costing around Rs 1,646 crore.

The cost of a Rafale is about three times higher than the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter jets. In other words, for 36 French-made Rafale fighters that will appear in the Indian Air Force, China can respond with three times as many of its fifth-generation J-20 fighters – for the same money.

CPEC Project A ‘Trillion-Dollar Blunder’, Pakistan Calls It ‘Outstanding Initiative’

Even if, in some ways, the characteristics of the Chinese combat aircraft lag behind the French 4 ++ fighter jet, then the Indian air force could get overwhelmed by what is called “capable of crushing by quantity”.

And the cost is not the only reason why Rafale jets would not help India much. Compared to another Chinese jet – J-16 (an analogue of the Russian Su-35) which Beijing is also using in its airforce, the Rafale jets will find it extremely challenging to outgun the Russian Su-35s operated by the Chinese.

Rafale vs Chengdu J-20: How Will Indian Rafale Jets Compete Against Chinese ‘Stealth’ J-20s?

The maximum speed of the Rafale jet is about Mach 1.8 and the J-16 is Mach 2.2. The Rafale’s practical ceiling is also lower than the J-16s. Even in engine thrust, the Chinese J-16s aka Russian Su-35s are far superior to the French combat aircraft.

Even if the IAF was to deploy all 36 of its newly acquired jets, the technical superiority would still be on the side of China, claims the Russian expert.

China Fighting India With ‘Sticks & Stones’ Cheaper, But Confronting The US Can Bankrupt China: Experts

The IAF has been on high alert in Ladakh and is closely monitoring all Chinese activity near the Line of Control.  As reported by EurAsian Times, New Delhi has inked a deal with Moscow to buy 33 new fighter aircraft including 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s along with up-gradation of 59 MiG-29s. The addition and up-gradation of jets have been approved to strengthen India’s air power.

Rafale vs F-16: Can The Indian Rafale Jets Overpower The Pakistani F-16s In Aeriel Showdown?

The air defence systems of both the Indian Army and the IAF have been deployed in Ladakh to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there.

Continue Reading

Americas

China Fighting India With ‘Sticks & Stones’ Cheaper, But Confronting The US Can Bankrupt China: Experts

Published

on

The news of relentless India-China border tensions and all other dispute that China has with its neighbours like Taiwan, Japan, ASEAN nations has got the world standing against Beijing, including the US.

US-China Tensions: US Wants India To ‘Match Its Weight By Actions’ In The South China Sea – Experts

In the east, across the pacific is the raging US-China confrontation. Tensions are running high close to home in Taiwan as the Chinese are stepping up the military action around the region. Muscle flexing in the South China Sea has been ongoing for a while now and tensions are high in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region, over the new national security law, confronting Japan over disputed islands and the frequent border skirmishes with India – all of it while fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

According to experts, China’s superpower dreams might not become a reality especially with its ongoing conflict with a global superpower, the US.

“Fighting India with sticks and stones on the high plateau of Ladakh comes cheap, but preparing to confront the United States in the Western Pacific is a very expensive proposition indeed,” wrote Salvatore Babones, an adjunct scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.

“It is likely to prove a luxury that a slow-growth, post-coronavirus China will not be able to afford. China makes a great show of its wealth and its willingness to spend it. In reality, Beijing’s bank balance doesn’t match its bling,” he added.

China’s economic growth had slowed down even before the coronavirus outbreak. China reported the weakest numbers for 2019, in the last 30 years in the wake of the US-China trade war. China’s growth slowed to 6.1% last year, from 6.6% in 2018, according to the official data.

However, Brooking institution suggests that China overestimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by an average of 1.7 percent per year.

“The United States famously spends more on defence than the next 10 countries combined, yet the notion persists that its military is still underfunded and underequipped for its global superpower role,” stated Babones.

He further explained that if the experts are to be believed, the United States will lose its competitive edge without more investment in university research, advanced technologies, foreign aid, diplomacy, the United Nations, clean energy, and, of course, pandemic preparedness.

“The US—with an economy roughly 50 per cent larger than China’s and a GDP per capita more than six times as great—can’t afford to remain a global superpower, how can China possibly afford to become one?” he asked.

Analyses from the Center for Strategic and International Studies suggest that Chinese defence spending may actually fall in real terms in 2020. Given China’s elevated pace of military operations on several borders, spending constraints must be putting pressure on acquisitions budgets.

“China is believed to have built only 50 or so J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighters. The J-20 program now seems to be experiencing serious development problems, limiting production for the foreseeable future. This compares to America’s stock of 195 F-22 and 134 F-35 fifth-generation fighters, with continuing annual production of more than 100 F-35s, even after coronavirus delays,” explained the author.

The author concluded by saying that China’s leaders can at least save face by abandoning their GDP targets and blaming the virus for the inevitable austerity to follow. He predicted that when the coronavirus crisis is over, the US will still be a global superpower while China’s dreams might still remain far fetched.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Tayyip-Erdogan Tayyip-Erdogan
Featured11 hours ago

Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum of Hagia Sophia into mosque

The court ruled that Hagia Sophia was owned by a foundation established by Sultan Mehmet II, also known as Mehmet...

Apache-Helicopter Apache-Helicopter
Featured17 hours ago

Indian Air Force Receives Complete Delivery Apache, Chinook Helicopters

Boeing India also tweeted: Thank you, @IAF_MCC, for your partnership. We’re happy to have completed the deliveries of the 22...

BEST-CANCER-HOSPITAL-IN-DELHI-NCR BEST-CANCER-HOSPITAL-IN-DELHI-NCR
Featured22 hours ago

COVID-19 Exposes India, Philippines To Higher Risk Of Cancer; Australia, Malaysia Safest – Index

According to an index prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Australia, Malaysia and South Korea are most prepared to meet...

US-China-Trade-War US-China-Trade-War
Americas1 day ago

China Fighting India With ‘Sticks & Stones’ Cheaper, But Confronting The US Can Bankrupt China: Experts

The news of relentless India-China border tensions and all other dispute that China has with its neighbours like Taiwan, Japan,...

Indian-TV-Anchors Indian-TV-Anchors
Featured1 day ago

Nepal Bans All Indian News Channels Except National TV – Doordarshan

The move to ban Indian news channels came hours after former Deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson of the ruling Nepal...

kulbhushan-jadhav kulbhushan-jadhav
Featured2 days ago

Kulbhushan Jadhav Will Not Be Hanged; Could Be Swapped With India: BBC Report

Kulbhushan Jadhav was ‘’arrested’’ in 2016 from Balochistan on charges of terrorism and spying for India’s intelligence agency. India maintains...

Worlds-Strongest-Army Worlds-Strongest-Army
Americas2 days ago

Turkey Shocked Over US Decision To Conduct Military Drills With Cyprus

The Press Release Read - The United States is pleased to announce our intention to provide International Military Education and...

eurasian-times eurasian-times
Featured2 days ago

Vikas Dubey Arrested: Uttar Pradesh Gangster Vikas Dubey Accused Of Killing 8 Cops Arrested In Ujjain

Vikas Dubey Arrested: Dubey was caught in Ujjain around the same time two of his aides were killed in separate...

CHINA-TAIWAN CHINA-TAIWAN
Americas2 days ago

Taiwan Now Under ‘Deep Control’ Of The US; China Vows To Get It Back

China and Taiwan have been in a position of stalemate. The troops from both sides have been demonstrating their muscle...

Iran-Israel-War Iran-Israel-War
Americas3 days ago

Attack On Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility Not A Cyber Attack, But A Bomb Blast – Reports

The recent explosion at Natanz nuclear facility in Iran has set back its nuclear program by more than a year....

Advertisement

Trending