India-China Highlights (June 18): No soldier critical as of now, all are stable, says Indian Army

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India vs China Highlights : PM Narendra Modi sent a a strong message to China on Wednesday and said that the country wants peace but if instigated, it is also capable of giving a befitting reply.

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India-China Border Clash Highlights : Indian Army has clarified that no Indian troops are missing after the clash at the Galwan Valley. The Army’s clarification came in response to a news report which claimed that Indian troops were missing after the clash. Meanwhile, China today accused India of “deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers”. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson tweeted, “India must not misjudge the current situation or underestimate China’s firm will to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.” India has put the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force on high-alert following the violent clashes in Galwan valley between Indian Army soldiers and the Chinese PLA.

After the biggest confrontation between the nuclear-armed neighbours since 1967, efforts are being made to defuse tensions and de-escalate. The Indian Army and Chinese PLA were engaged in a face-off in Galwan and other areas of eastern Ladakh region since May 5 when soldiers the two armies clashed on the bank of the Pangong Tso lake. In the violent clash on Monday night, Indian army lost a Colonel and 19 other personnel when the Chinese soldiers attacked Indian soldiers with stones, nail-studded sticks and iron rods, according to reports. Chinese side suffered heavy casualties as well according to media reports.

PM Narendra Modi sent a strong message to China on Wednesday and said that the country wants peace but if instigated, it is also capable of giving a befitting reply. India also rejected China’s new claim over the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh sector and termed it “exaggerated and untenable” and contrary to the understanding between the two sides on this issue.

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    23:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India, China working to resolve Galwan standoff through diplomatic, military channels, official tells PTI

    China and India are working through diplomatic and military channels to de-escalate the tensions as soon as possible and find a solution in a "just manner" following Monday's violent face-off between their armies in the Galwan Valley, a top Chinese official said on Thursday. (PTI) 

    22:41 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Whole world is now not very much interested to deal with China, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

    Whole world is now not very much interested to deal with China, it's a blessing in disguise for Indian economy. A lot of people from different parts of the world want to deal with India, in this situation we need to increase our export& reduce import: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (ANI)

    22:35 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Interstate movement of armed forces, CAPFs relaxed in Himachal Pradesh

    Interstate movement of personnel of armed forces and Central Armed Police Forces has been relaxed in Himachal Pradesh in the wake of the recent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, an official said on Thursday. There is now no requirement of any e-pass or permit for interstate movement of the personnel of armed forces and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in Himachal Pradesh, state Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi said. (PTI) 

    22:09 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: 58 personnel that are at other hospitals have minor injuries, Indian Army sources tell ANI

    58 personnel that are at other hospitals have minor injuries, hence the optimistic timeframe of one week for their recovery: Indian Army Sources (ANI)

    22:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: No soldier critical as of now, all are stable, Indian Army sources tell ANI

    No one critical as of now, all are stable. 18 soldiers are at our hospital in Leh, they will be out on duty in about 15 days. 58 soldiers are at other hospitals they should be back on duty within a week. Status as of today afternoon: Indian Army Sources (ANI)

    22:00 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    Chinese President Xi Jinping asks PLA to improve strategic management of armed forces

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the military to improve its management practices to promote high-quality development of the armed forces, the official media reported on Thursday. Xi, who heads the country’s military “made the important instruction at a teleconference on strategic management training of the armed forces”, Xinhua news agency reported. His comments on military modernisation came amid heightened tensions with India along the Line of Actual Control. |READ MORE

    21:16 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: People in Leh take out a candle march to pay tribute to the 20 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash

    Leh: People under the banner of Ladakh Buddhists Association took out a candle march today to pay tribute to the 20 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash with China. (ANI)

    21:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Rahul Gandhi writes to the families of the 20 Indian Army personnel who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has written letters expressing his condolences to the families of the 20 Indian Army personnel, who lost their lives in Galwan Valley clash with China. (ANI)

    20:54 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: India should not depend on China now, says Nitin Gadkari

    Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said India should no longer depend on China and instead focus on research and innovation to ramp up domestic manufacturing. The minister also said the government is working on formulating a new policy for import substitution. The remarks come in the wake of border clashes between the two nations in Ladakh. |READ MORE

    20:45 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: No Army personnel missing since Galwan Valley violence, says Indian Army

    The Indian Army on Thursday trashed media reports claiming that a number of its soldiers went missing after the violent clashes with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh three days back. "It is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action," the Army said in a statement. There have been reports that several Indian Army soldiers were held captive by the Chinese Army following the Galwan Valley clashes in which 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel were killed. China has not yet released any casualty figures. (PTI) 

    20:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: IOA open to cutting ties with Chinese sponsors in wake of Galwan face-off

    The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is open to boycotting Chinese products and sponsors in the wake of the border clash between the two countries at Galwan valley earlier this week. Anti-China sentiments are running high in the country after the first skirmish at the India-China border in more than four decades left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. Insisting that they are "with the country", IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said the Olympic body is mulling boycotting Chinese sponsors like 'Li Ning' with whom they have sponsorships deal till the Tokyo Olympics. "We have an agreement with Li Ning till Tokyo Olympics as a kitting partner. But the country comes first and IOA is no different on this. If the members feel so the General House can take decision (to snap ties)," Mehta told PTI. (PTI)

    20:33 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Chinese President Xi asks PLA to improve strategic management of armed forces

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked the military to improve its management practices to promote high-quality development of the armed forces, the official media reported on Thursday. Xi, who heads the country's military "made the important instruction at a teleconference on strategic management training of the armed forces", Xinhua news agency reported. His comments on military modernisation came amid heightened tensions with India along the Line of Actual Control and a range of differences with the United States, including on Beijing's flexing of muscles in the strategic South and East China seas. (PTI)

    20:20 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Jaishankar to hold talks with Chinese, Russian foreign ministers on June 22

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will attend a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral on June 23 which is being held in the backdrop of a violent border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava confirmed Jaishankar's participation in the meeting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will be the other two participants at the conference. Uncertainty had loomed over the meeting following the cross border clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on Monday evening. (PTI) 

    20:06 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    US Secretary of State meets CCP Politburo Member in Hawaii, says Spokesperson for US State Department

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Member Yang Jiechi in Honolulu, Hawaii to exchange views on US-China relations: Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson for US State Department (ANI)

    19:47 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    Pakistan will try to infiltritate terrorists in Kashmir Vally: J&K DGP

    At a meeting today to review security scenario in the Union Territory, Dilbag Singh, Jammu and Kashmir DGP, in view of the Ladakh standoff, Pakistan will try to infiltrate more terrorists and also give impetus to violence in Kashmir valley and elsewhere.

    19:12 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India asks China to confine its activities to its side of LAC

    India today asked China to confine its activities to its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China must not take any unilateral action to alter it, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press conference. While referring to the Galwan Valley clash, the MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that India was strongly committed to ensuring the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Srivastava also said that no Indian soldiers were missing since the Galwan Valley clash on Monday evening. "Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the Chinese side to also confine its activities to its side of the LAC," Srivastava said.

    18:58 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    Kolkata's Chinese community wary of 1962 rerun

    PTI reports that Kolkata's Chinese community is wary of 1962 rerun. The Chinese community in the city is one of the largest in the country and is apprehensive that the escalation of the conflict between the two Asian giants would hamper their lives and livelihood. There are around 4,000 Chinese left in the city, down from 20,000 as most of them migrated to Hong Kong, Canada and Australia after the 1962 war. The community is apprehensive of even speaking about the escalation of tension between the two countries. Its members do not want to attract attention as they fear a backlash in view of the situation.

    18:31 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India-China News: Why railway Board cancelled contract with Beijing National Railway Institute

    In view of poor progress, it is decided by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) to terminate the contract with Beijing National Railway Research and Design Institute of Signal and Communication Group Co. Ltd. The contract was awarded in 2016, it had a completion period of 3 years. It should have been completed by Aug 2019 but only 20% of work has been done. Therefore Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India took the decision to terminate the contract, says VK Yadav, Chairperson Railway Board. (ANI)

    18:06 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    Major General-level talks between India and China concludes

    News agency ANI reports that Major General-level talks between India and China are over after more than six hours. All the personnel who took part in the Galwan valley operations on June 15-16 are accounted for and no personnel are missing in action.

    18:04 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    MEA confirms participation in Russia-India-China foreign ministers meet on June 23

    MEA Spokesperson today confirmed that India will participate in RIC (Russia-India-China) foreign ministers meeting on June 23. At a press conference today, the MEA also said that while India remains convinced of the need for maintenance of peace and tranquillity on border areas and resolution of differences through dialogue, at the same time as PM said yesterday, we are strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    17:52 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    China unilaterally tried to change status, says Foreign Ministry

    India's Ministry of Foreign Affairs today said that the Chinese side unilaterally tried to change the status quo along the LAC in the Galwan Valley. The attack on the Indian soldiers from Chinese side was pre-meditated. The ministry said this during a press conference that the two sides are in touch at the ground level.

    17:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    Amid row with China, IAF pushes proposal for acquiring 33 new Russian fighter aircrafts: Report

    Amid row with China, the Indian Air Force has pushed a proposal to the government for acquiring 33 new fighter aircraft, including 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia, ANI reported. It quotes government sources as saying that the Air Force has been working on this plan for some time but they have now fast-tracked the process and the proposals are expected to be worth over Rs 6000 crore.

    16:43 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    No Indian troops missing in Action

    Indian Army has said that no Indian Troops is missing in action. "It is clarified that there are no Indian troops missing in action", ANI reports Indian Army Sources as saying. The Army's clarification comes in response to a media report which claimed that Indian troops were missing in action after the clash at Galwan valley.

    Indian Army said, "This is with reference to the article 'In China-India Clash, Two Nationalist Leaders with Little Room to Give' by New York Times dated 17 June 2020. It is clarified that there are no Indian troops Missing In Action."

    16:16 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: EAM Jaishankar's reply to Rahul Gandhi

    EAM S jaishankar tweeted: Let us get the facts straight. All troops on border duty always carry arms, especially when leaving post. Those at Galwan on 15 June did so. Long-standing practice (as per 1996 & 2005 agreements) not to use firearms during faceoffs. EAM was replying to Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi's charge that soldiers were "sent unarmed to martyrdom."

    16:05 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Why is Delhi-Meerut RRTS project in the news?

    What is the Delhi-Meerut RRTS project? It's India's first regional rapid transit system that will reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to just 55 minutes. But why is it news with regards to the India-China border standoff. Read on

    15:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: China accuses India

    India must not misjudge the current situation or underestimate China's firm will to safeguard its territorial sovereignty, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson has tweeted.

    15:35 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: China accuses India

    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on Thursday tweeted, "Indian front-line troops broke the consensus and crossed the Line of Actual Control, deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties."

    15:17 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Mortal remains of soldiers from Bengal to reach their homes

    The bodies of two soldiers from West Bengal, who were killed in the Galwan Valley clash with the Chinese Army, are scheduled to arrive at their homes on Thursday evening, an Army spokesperson said here. The casket carrying the body of Sepoy Rajesh Orang will reach the Panagarh Air Force base in West Burdwan district in a military aircraft in the afternoon and will then be taken to his home in Belgoria village in Birbhum district by road, he said. The mortal remains of Havildar Bipul Roy will be flown to the Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri, from where the coffin will be taken to his native Bindipara village in Alipurduar district by road, he said. The two bravehearts were among the 20 Indian Army jawans killed in clashes with China's People's Liberation Army in Galwan Valley of Ladakh. (PTI)

    14:49 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Galwan biggest confrontation since Nathu La

    The clash in Galwan Valley is the biggest confrontation between the two militaries after their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while the death toll on the Chinese side was over 300.

    14:28 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Indian, Chinese armies hold Major General-level talks for third straight day

    Indian and Chinese militaries held Major General-level dialogue on Thursday for the third consecutive day on disengagement of troops as well as restoration of normalcy in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, official sources said. Read More

    14:06 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Shiv Sena wants Galwan valley standoff details to be made public

    The Shiv Sena on Thursday said it is "shocking" that a detailed account of the standoff in Galwan Valley has not been public and if it is true that the Chinese intruded into the Indian territory, then it is an attack on the country's sovereignty. An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said in the last six years, there has been a "propaganda" that India has become strong under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rule. "But in this period, Pakistan, Nepal, and now China have directly attacked us. We don't have good relations with our neighbours and it is surprising that claims are made by our politicians of winning the world," it said. (PTI)

    13:53 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Thousands bid tearful adieu to Col. Santosh Babu

    Amid chants of "Bharat mata ki jai", the mortal remains of Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu, who was killed by Chinese troops during clashes, were consigned to flames with full military honours here on Thursday. Thousands of people wearing masks chanting "Santosh Babu amar rahe" and "Vande Mataram" participated in the funeral procession even as scores, standing on balconies of their respective places showered flowers on the army vehicle which was carrying the body. (PTI)

    13:19 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: BJP defers its political programmes

    BJP defers its political programmes, virtual rallies for two days as mark of respect to soldiers who sacrificed lives in Ladakh: J P Nadda (PTI)

    12:58 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: China still silent on its casualties

    In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry officials were silent on the casualties suffered by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops, but Hu Xijin, the editor of the ruling Communist Party-run Global Times tabloid, tweeted to say that there are casualties on Chinese side too. (PTI)

    12:49 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Grief, anger and the spirit of patriotism in Bihar

    Bihar reacted with a blend of grief, anger and the spirit to make sacrifices in national interest, as news reached that the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh has killed 20 soldiers of the country, five of them hailing from the state. Political rivalries were set aside for the moment as Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and other ministers stood beside Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav and Jan Adhikar Party founder Pappu Yadav at the airport here when the mortal remains of Havildar Sunil Kumar were brought by a special aircraft. (PTI)

    12:27 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Chinese Foreign Ministry statement

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said the two sides agreed to "cool down the situation on the ground as soon as possible", and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border area in accordance with the agreement reached so far between the two countries. (PTI)

    11:59 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: "Rules of engagement to be different"

    News agency PTI has quoted a top military official as saying, "The rules of engagement will be different from now onwards. The prime minister has spelt out the broad policy about it."

    11:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Army rushes troops to frontline bases

    The Indian Army has rushed its additional troops along with weaponry to all the important frontline bases long LAC, states a PTI report. The troops have been rushed to bases in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, the report said.

    11:30 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Indian Navy raises alert-level

    In view of the violent clashes with Chinese PLA in Galwan Valley, the Indian Navy has also been asked to raise its alert-level, according to a PTI report. The alert-level has been raised in the Indian Ocean Region where the Chinese Navy makes frequent forays.

    11:29 (IST)18 Jun 2020
    India China border clash news LIVE: Rahul Gandhi slams Modi government

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday raised questions about why Indian Army soldiers were sent "unarmed to martyrdom" in Galdwan Valley.

    EAM S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held telephonic discussion on Wednesday. Jaishankar conveyed India's strong message that these clashes will have a serious impact on the bilateral ties. MEA said that both sides agreed to not to "any action to escalate matters".  India said that troops on both side should respect the LAC.
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