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India-China Border Tensions Still High Over Mutilated Bodies Of Indian Soldier – Reports

Tensions between India and China are still apparently high as bodies of Indian Army soldiers were mutilated during the bitter border clash between the troops in the Galwan valley.

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India-China border tensions at Galwan Valley in Ladakh continues to remain on the edge two days after the brutal clashes erupted between Indian and Chinese Army soldiers in the contention area.

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The Major General-level talks between India and China remained inconclusive and the de-escalation talks will again resume. Reports in India Today state that soldiers stationed in different parts of Ladakh are infuriated over the brutal, inhumane deaths of their fellow colleagues.

The report says that the tensions between India and China are still extremely tense at PP14, Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The Major General-level talks on Wednesday have barely kept things under control. The situation on the ground is extremely unpredictable with senior officers trying to pacify the boiling tempers of the Indian soldiers.

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The report says that the bodies of some of the martyred Indian Army soldiers were mutilated during the bitter border clash between Indian and Chinese armies. The report says that this has become one of the fundamental reasons behind the broiling rage in the Indian Army soldiers in the region.

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Leh Corps Commander is in touch with the 3 Divisional Commanders on an hourly basis to keep a check on the escalating tensions. Attempts are being made to check the spillover impact to control the rising tempers among Indian Army units at the three other standoff points in Ladakh, especially in Pangong Tso, where the situation has been extraordinarily dangerous.

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India-China Economic Romance Cannot End With A Mere Border Clash – Chinese Experts

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India and China have been at each other’s throat for more than a month now. Aside from the military confrontation in Ladakh, India has also moved to disengage from China economically.

While the move has got the support from the majority of Indians, Cui Hui’ao of the China Global Television Network (CGTN) writes that disengaging from China might not be a choice for India and that economic de-coupling is driven politically by Narendra Modi.

As reported by Eurasian Times consistently during last month, the feud between India and China has been a rollercoaster ride. From military buildup, deadly clashes to de-escalation and eventual withdrawal, the clash of the two Asiatic giants has seen it all.

Cui writes that apart from the military confrontation, India has retaliated in the economic sphere, referring to the decision by the Indian government to ban 59 Chinese application including TikTok, WeChat and ShareIt and the call to boycott Chinese products.

The journalist at CGTN writes that decoupling from China may be easier said than done for India. He says that India is not a manufacturing powerhouse, so in terms of bilateral trade, it actually buys much more from China than the other way around.

Cui analyses trade data to support the fact that New Delhi will find it difficult to reduce its dependence on Chinese imports. Between April 2019 and March 2020, India imported over 65 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of goods from China.

Cui is of the opinion that the coronavirus pandemic has hit the Indian economy hard and in fact, the disengagement is driven by politics rather than economics. He finds it difficult to accept that India’s disengagement from China would take place at a time when the Indian economy is projected to contract by 4.5% according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Speaking to Cui, Cheng Xizhong, a visiting professor from Southwest University of Political Science and Law, says that the decision to de-couple from China economically is because of the domestic pressure on Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.

‘’Since his second term began yet Indian economy is a mess. He has to find a way to shift the public attention elsewhere,” he said.

The author agrees with the point made by Cheng Xizhong and writes that pressure on the Indian PM Modi comes from multiple fronts, including his own supporters, businesses, and farmers union. But this time, the nationalistic voice is even louder.

Other experts interviewed by Chui agree that New Delhi would benefit more if it partnered with Beijing. Professor Cheng, a former Chinese military diplomat in South Asia, said that since India started its opening-up in the 1990s, its economic growth has been crippled by lack of high-quality infrastructure and it would wiser if India and China work together.

Similar views are shared by Indian economist Biswajit Dhar, who says that India’s decision to start producing domestically has to be strategic and it cannot take the decision to produce everything.”

While India and China disengage at the battlefront in Ladakh, the Indian government is looking for solutions to reduce its dependency on Chinese imports. PM Modi has encouraged all Indians to become self-reliant (Aatmanirbhar) by producing and purchasing indigenous goods and boost the Indian economy.

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Modi unleashed the Indian Army against China while Congress kept a tight grip – Experts

India and China saw the worst face off in the last 45 years on the border. After the troops of the two neighbouring countries clashed on the LAC in the Galwan valley leaving 20 Indian troops dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties

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After the India-China clash last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers in a border skirmish, several anti-China protests erupted around the country. Protestors burned effigies of Chinese President Xi Jinping and called for an “economic war” against China.

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Analysts have said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive approach fits the mood of the public but it doesn’t go as far as wanting a full-blown war with its nuclear-armed, economically mighter neighbour.

As reported earlier by EurAsian Times, India and China saw the worst face off in the last 45 years on the border. After the troops of the two neighbouring countries clashed on the LAC in the Galwan valley leaving 20 Indian troops dead and an unknown number of Chinese casualties.

The efforts to defuse border tensions were somewhat resolved after a telephonic conversation between India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and through other diplomatic channels.

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PM Narendra Modi paid a surprise visit to troops near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where he made a veiled comment on China saying “age of expansionism is over”. “History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back,” Modi said addressing soldiers in Ladakh’s Nimo.

“Modi would not let the nationalist fervour lead India into a war with China. He wants to use this nationalist sentiment, but he is also scared of the blowback it might cause,” said Liu Zongyi, secretary-general of the South Asia and China Centre at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.

Analysts have also argued that after the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) came to power, Modi has given a freer rein to the army since taking power in 2014. According to S. Kondapalli, a professor of Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Congress party sought better relations with China after the brief border war in late 1962, which meant keeping the military on a tight leash.

“Congress was always very persuasive and would ask the military not to do this or that along the border because it would aggrieve China,” Kondapalli said.

Sumit Ganguly, a professor of political science at Indiana University explained that Modi and the BJP represent a Hindu-centric ideology, away from the secular and pluralistic nationalism that defined the country for more than half a century.

In August of last year, India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir which had granted the northern Muslim-majority province a significant autonomy. Ganguly said the BJP’s Hindu-centric nationalism influences India’s approach to the issue with China because the contested border is in Kashmir.

He further said that Modi and the BJP justified the removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by pointing to separatist Muslim insurgents in the region supported by neighbouring rival Pakistan.

Ganguly argued that because of the large Muslim minority in India, and Pakistan was created as a homeland for Muslims, it is easy to whip up a degree of nationalist fervour by painting Muslims as fifth columnists of Pakistan.

“Whereas with China, it’s much more difficult to whip up a similar kind of nationalism because the Chinese community in India is so minuscule, but that doesn’t mean Modi isn’t trying,” he said.

“China’s military power is nearly four times that of India. Even after the deaths of the Indian soldiers on June 15, Kondapalli said the BJP had never thought of taking the dispute into anything beyond the defence of a few kilometres of land along the border with China.

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India-China Big Meet Today – Will Chinese army withdraw from Pangong Tso and Depsang?

The meeting between top Indian and Chinese commanders will take place in Chushul in Ladakh. The planned tactics to defuse tension are the most complicated yet for the two nations that stand eyeball-to-eyeball in various border areas of Ladakh including Pangong Tso area and in Depsang plains.

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Two senior military commanders from India and China who have held three rounds of peace negotiations before will meet again today to accomplish the most challenging task –  ensure the withdrawal of Chinese soldiers from eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso and Depsang.

Lt Gen. Harinder Singh and Maj. Gen. Liu Lin of the Chinese Liberation Army (PLA) will meet after senior diplomats from India and China earlier displayed their resolve to “ensure complete disengagement” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The meeting between top Indian and Chinese commanders will take place in Chushul in Ladakh. The planned tactics to defuse tension are the most complicated yet for the two nations that stand eyeball-to-eyeball in various border areas of Ladakh including Pangong Tso area and in Depsang plains.

Last week, troops of both nations withdrew their troops from three contentious areas —PP (patrolling point) 14,15 and 17A, the move creating a buffer zone of 3-4km depth. This was done to guarantee that soldiers who are separated at some points along the LAC by only 600 metres or less do not clash with each other.

Last week’s disengagement at PP 14, 15 and 17A was comparatively benign, according to experts. They said the tricky part is the pull out of Chinese PLA soldiers from Pangong Tso and the Depsang plains—situated west of PP 14, 15 and 17A.

India has been in control of one-third of Pangong Tso, and the Chinese of the remaining two-thirds for years. In the past China held its position at Finger 8—one of a series of mountain folds extending into the lake—but used to patrol up to Finger 4. India controlled positions up to Finger 4 and used to patrol up to Finger 8.

Tensions between Indian and Chinese soldiers started mounting in May when the Chinese PLA soldiers encroached as far as Finger 4 area. Though there has been some amount of pullback, PLA troops are now in the Indian territory as per experts in New Delhi and need to pull back.

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