1. Indian army chief Bipin Rawat tours border state with China amid tensions

Indian army chief Bipin Rawat tours border state with China amid tensions

India's army chief visited the mountainous state of Sikkim bordering China on Thursday, where tensions have flared after Beijing accused New Delhi of sending troops into its territory and obstructing the construction of a road.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 30, 2017 8:52 AM
bipin rawat, indian army, Sikkim, china, narendra modi, Himalayan state, united states, bhutan, Nathu La Pass, new delhi, beijing General Bipin Rawat arrived in Gangtok, the capital of the tiny Himalayan state, before heading off to visit troop formations. (ANI)

India’s army chief visited the mountainous state of Sikkim bordering China on Thursday, where tensions have flared after Beijing accused New Delhi of sending troops into its territory and obstructing the construction of a road. Small incursions and troop stand-offs are common along other parts of China and India’s contested 3,500 km (2175 miles) frontier, but a flare-up near strategically positioned Sikkim is rare.

General Bipin Rawat arrived in Gangtok, the capital of the tiny Himalayan state, before heading off to visit troop formations. A spokesman for the Indian army said the one-day trip was “routine” and planned before the recent tensions. Reports of the incursion and a confrontation between troops emerged as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, the latest in a line of stand-offs reported during diplomatic initiatives.

India has deepened its military ties with the United States in recent years, worrying China, which is also unhappy with India’s refusal to participate in Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. India is concerned the project could cement China’s dominance over Asia.

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According to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into the Donglang region earlier in June and obstructed work on a road on a plateau. The two sets of troops then confronted each other close to a highly strategic valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a slither of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions.

Indian media have reported that the dispute began when China removed an old Indian bunker. China says that unlike other parts of their shared border, the delineation of the frontier with Sikkim is settled, and it has the right to develop the area. “Donglang Region is part of China’s territory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Thursday. “China’s road-building activities in Donglang on its own territory are totally reasonable and understandable.”

Late on Thursday, the ministry released on its website two photographs it said showed Indian troops and at least two Indian military bulldozers on what it said was the Chinese side of the border.The Nathu La Pass, which lies on the frontier between Sikkim and Tibet, was the site of a fierce border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in 1967.

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    Kushal Kumar
    Jun 30, 2017 at 10:40 am
    circumstances obtaining in different theaters across the glove suggest to something of huge worry for mankind, which was reflected in the alerts of more care and strategy in this writer's article : - Is World War III round the corner ?" - submitted on 16 May 2017 and published in Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida. The article also says - " The global events predicted in this article could begin to show in mild measure from about 24 June 2017 and after in the present year 2017 to grow up gradually for a final show during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August (it could be 29 in west) in 2017". The global events which could shape up are WW3 or global economic crisis or collapse , huge natural or man made disasters.
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    M G
    Jun 30, 2017 at 9:11 am
    Its hi time India gave the s a bit of their own medicine. It should immediately start signing defense, strategic, economic, political, business, commercial and all other relationships possible with as many SE Asia countries as possible. 2nd: Indians should STOP buying and purchasing any items from China... Let the government of India encourage the Indian consumers to stop buying – -just like the s do. And then see them squirm. Nothing gets them more than when people start boycotting their dam products. 3rd: It should start displaying some arrogance.. Being friendly wont help. Finally, it should STOP sending any pilgrims to places like Mansorovar. India should start a serious campaign informing its pilgrims that all Hindu and Buddhism sites in China have been contaminated by its very presence for being in China and within China. Stop going there. Just pray from WITHIN– no need to go to China and defile oneself. Do all this and see them squirm when they see no money !
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