India China news Highlights (June 22): Indian Army’s 14 Corps Commander & Chinese counterpart hold meeting, says report

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India China news Highlights : According to reports, India has changed rules of engagement at China LAC. Reports suggest that Indian Army from now on allows field commanders to use firearms in case of ‘extraordinary’ circumstances on India-China LAC.

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India China news Highlights: According to reports, another round of Lt General-level talks are being held between India and China. The two sides are discussing ways to de-escalate border tensions between the two Asian giants sides in Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh. India-China bilateral ties have hit rock-bottom for the first time since hostilities in the 60s. For the first time in as many years, both India and China have suffered loss of lives on the Line of Actual Control or LAC. 20 Indian Army personal were martyred in the deadly clash on the night of 15/16 May. China also suffered casualties but has not given any number yet.

Reports suggest that Chinese casualties were somewhere around 40-45. India objected strongly to China’s “exaggerated” claims on the Galwan Valley in east Ladakh, the site of violent clash and said that these incidents on the border will have serious implications on bilateral relationship.

According to reports, India has changed rules of engagement at China LAC. Reports suggest that Indian Army from now on allows field commanders to use firearms in case of ‘extraordinary’ circumstances on India-China LAC. There are further reports that in the wake of tense border standoff with China, the central government has also granted the armed forces an additional financial power of up to Rs 500 crore per procurement project which will allow them to buy emergency ammunition and weapons

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    23:04 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Ladakh face-off part of China's 'expansionist strategy', says Tibetan leader

    Condemning the recent killing of 20 Indian soldiers during a face-off with Chinese troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley, Tibetan government-in-exile President Lobsang Sangay on Monday said that it is a part of China's "expansionist strategy". This "grand design" of China is going to continue and India should form an alliance of all democracies of the world to put pressure on the government of that country. Speaking at a webinar organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Sangay, also the political successor to the Dalai Lama, said the recent incident at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh is part of China's "expansionist strategy". (PTI)

    22:29 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Meeting between Army’s 14 Corps Commander & his Chinese counterpart going on, reports ANI

    Meeting between Army’s 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh & his Chinese counterpart is still on after over 10 hrs. It started around 11:30 AM at Moldo on Chinese side of LAC opposite Chushul to defuse tensions in Eastern Ladakh sector due to Chinese military buildup: Army Sources (ANI)

    21:30 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Govt to expedite works on 32 road projects along border with China, say officials

    Amidst the continuing standoff between the Indian Army and China's PLA, the Centre on Monday reviewed ongoing road projects along the Sino-Indian border, and decided to expedite work on 32 of them, officials said. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and attended by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) among others. "Works will be expedited on 32 road projects along the border with China and all concerned agencies will extend cooperation to fast-track the projects," an official privy to the meeting told PTI.

    20:43 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Indian companies should stop importing Chinese raw material for bulletproof jackets, says Niti Aayog member

    Indian companies manufacturing bulletproof jackets for the Indian Army personnel should avoid importing the raw materials required for the jackets from China due to the “inconsistencies in the quality” of the materials, Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat said on Monday. The remark made by Saraswat, a former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief, gains significance in the light of the growing anti-China sentiments in the country and the clamour to boycott Chinese goods after the clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh last week. |READ MORE

    20:20 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Why is China 'praising Mr Modi during this conflict', asks Rahul Gandhi

    China killed our soldiers. China took our land. Then, why is China 'praising Mr Modi during this conflict': Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (PTI)

    20:03 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Congress asks BJP chief to question government about Chinese transgression since 2015

    Alleging that about 2,264 transgressions had taken place at the border with China, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked BJP president JP Nadda to question the Centre over it. He was responding to Nadda's allegations on former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh that the UPA government had "abjectly surrendered hundreds of square kilometers of land to China." (ANI)

    19:19 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: General Naravane discusses security situation with top army commanders

    ANI reported that Army chief General MM Naravane discussed the security situation with senior Army Commanders on Monday. The report quoted army officials as saying that the commanders are in Delhi for a commanders' conference. (ANI)

    18:55 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visits Russia in the backdrop of heightened tensions at the border with China

    In the backdrop of heightened tensions at the border with China, India will be requesting Russia to urgently supply via the air route instead of the sea route spare parts and associated equipment for Indian fighter planes, battle tanks and submarines, ANI reported. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be holding talks with Russian authorities over the matter during his on-going three-day visit to Russia, the report added. During his visit, Singh will be meeting with senior Russian leaders and is expected to apprise them of the on-going situation at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. |READ MORE

    18:22 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Maharashtra govt puts 3 Chinese deals worth Rs 5020 crore on hold, reports ANI

    Maharashtra govt has put 3 Chinese deals worth Rs 5020 cr on hold. The companies- Hengli Engineering, PMI Electro Mobility Solutions joint venture with Photon & Great Wall Motors - signed the deal to invest in Talegaon, Pune dist: State Industries Minister Subhash Desai (ANI)

    17:38 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: After military talks, India, China may engage in diplomatic talks soon, reports ANI

    Along with holding miliatry-level talks to defuse the situation at the border in Ladakh, India and China are also planning to engage at the diplomatic level. The meeting may take place soon as officials on both the sides are working out a schedule for talks, reported ANI.

    17:14 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Indian Army reviews operational situation on both the Northern and Western Fronts

    "Army Commanders Conference, ACC-20 is being conducted on 22-23 June, 2020 to review the operational situation on both the Northern and Western Fronts," Indian Army was quoted as saying by ANI.

    17:00 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Army chief General MM Naravane discussing security situation

    "Army chief General MM Naravane discussing the security situation with the top Army commanders in Delhi today. All commanders are in the national capital for the second phase of the commanders’ conference," Army officials were quoted as saying by ANI.

    16:54 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Maharashtra to maintain status quo with regard to the MoUs with Chnese firms

    There will be status quo with regard to the MoUs, worth more than Rs 5,000 crore, the Maharashtra government had signed with three Chinese companies on June 15, Industries Minister Subhash Desai on Monday, a move that comes in the backdrop of the Ladakh clash. Desai, however, clarified that the status quo does not mean cancellation of the MoUs relating to projects worth Rs 5,020 crore. According to an official statement, Desai said the state government is awaiting clear policy decision regarding the projects in the present condition, as per PTI report.

    16:33 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Russia-India-China trilateral meeting on Tuesday

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will join his Chinese and Russian counterparts at a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral on Tuesday, against the backdrop of New Delhi's frayed ties with Beijing over the Galwan Valley clashes. As the June 15 incident triggered fears of fresh confrontation between troops of India and China, Russia is learnt to have reached out to both the countries, urging them to resolve the border row through talks. People familiar with the matter said India was initially reluctant to join the Russia-India-China trilateral foreign ministers' meeting but agreed to participate in it following a request from Moscow, the host of the conference, as per PTI report.

    16:16 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Indian Weightlifting Federation wants ban on Chinese equipment

    Claiming to be saddled with faulty equipment from China, the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) on Monday called for a boycott of sports apparatus made in that country after the violent face-off in eastern Ladakh killed 20 Army personnel last week. The IWLF ordered four weightlifting sets, comprising barbells and weight plates, from Chinese company 'ZKC' last year. The body said that the equipment turned out to be faulty and the weightlifters are no longer using them, as per ANI report.

    15:39 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Trade body protests over Chinese goods

    In Delhi, members of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) burn Chinese goods in Karol Bagh to protest against Galwan Valley Clash. "We have decided to decrease imports of Chinese goods worth Rs 1 lakh crores by December 2021," CAIT General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal was quoted as saying by ANI.

    15:25 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Here’s why Chinese played Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi songs in Galwan Valley in 1962

    With Galwan valley coming into focus after becoming the flashpoint between the Indian and Chinese army, folklore and interesting incidents related to the valley on the Eastern Ladakh border have also started cropping up. Phunchok Tashi, an army veteran who fought in the 1962 Indo-China war recalls that the Chinese soldiers used to play the Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi songs in order to befriend Indian soldiers and convince them to leave their forward posts, IE reported. READ MORE

    14:54 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: China declines VK Singh's casualties figure

    China on Monday declined to comment on Union Minister and former Indian Army chief Gen (retd) V K Singh's remarks that more than 40 Chinese soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh, saying it has no information to release on the issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, during a media briefing here, reiterated that “China and India are in communication with each other to resolve the situation on the ground through diplomatic and military channels”. Asked about the remarks of Singh, he said: “I have no information to release on that.” Ever since the clash on June 15 at the Galwan Valley between the Indian and Chinese troops, Beijing has consistently declined to reveal the details of the casualties on its side, while the official media editorials have said that China too suffered casualties. Commenting on the current India-China border standoff, Singh on Saturday told a news channel that “If we lost 20 soldiers, more than double the number were killed on their [Chinese] side,” as per PTI report.

    14:22 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Confidence building measures - key agenda during Lt General-level talks

    Indian and Chinese militaries are holding a second round of Lt General-level talks on Monday in an attempt to lower the temperature following the violent clashes in Galwan Valley last week that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead, official sources said. The two sides are expected to deliberate on a set of confidence building measures including implementation of an agreement arrived at the first round of the Lt Gen talks on June 6, the sources said. The Indian delegation at the talks is being led by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh while the Chinese side was to be headed by the Commander of the Tibet Military District. The meeting is taking place in the backdrop of the escalating tension between the two sides after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15, the most serious cross-border confrontation in the last 45 years. The Chinese soldiers used stones, nail-studded sticks, iron rods and clubs in carrying out brutal attacks on Indian soldiers after they protested the erection of a surveillance post by China on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Galwan. After the clashes, the two sides held at least three-rounds of Major General-level talks to explore ways to bring down tension between the two sides, as per PTI report.

    13:52 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: India should raise more battalions of Ladakh Scouts, says Colonel (Retd) Sonam Wangchuk

    "We should raise more battalions of Ladakh Scouts because troops of the Scouts belong to this area, they are adapted to the place & environment & familiar with the terrain which is very important," Colonel (Retd) Sonam Wangchuk in Leh was quoted as saying by ANI.

    13:36 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: New Delhi-Beijing feud impact on SCO

    India's decision not to endorse China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in the SCO poses no threat to the bloc as its structure is democratic enough to allow a member country to opt-out of projects backed by others, its General-Secretary Vladimir Norov said. Beijing-headquartered Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an eight-member economic and security bloc. India and Pakistan were admitted into the grouping in 2017. Its founding members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as per PTI report.

    13:00 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: More details of second round of Lt Gen-level talks

    India and China are holding another round of Lt General-level talks on Monday to discuss ways to de-escalate tension between the two sides in eastern Ladakh, official sources said. The talks were scheduled to start at 11:30 am at Moldo on the Chinese side of Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh. The high-level talks came a week after 20 Indian Army personnel were killed in a violent clash between the two sides in Galwan Valley. The Indian delegation at the talks is being led by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen. Harinder Singh. The first round of Lt Gen-level talks were held on June 6 during which both sides decided to "disengage" in all the sensitive areas, as per PTI report.

    12:36 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Second Corps Commanders meeting underway

    India and China are holding Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, Indian Army sources were quoted as saying by ANI. This is the second meeting between the two corps Commanders after June 6 where they had agreed to disengage at multiple locations and India had asked them to go back to pre-May 4 military positions along the LAC.

    12:23 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Indian Army allows field commanders to use firearms

    India-China Ladakh face-off: In the backdrop of the June 15 face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh, the Indian Army has changed its rule of engagement on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the border with China, thereby allowing its field commanders to order troops to use firearms under ‘extraordinary’ circumstances, ANI reported. READ MORE

    12:16 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: A tribute to the martyrs of Galwan

    War is the most destructive and pitiless of all human activities. And yet the experience of war has a profound and strangely compelling effect on those who fight. Combat kills, maims, and terrifies, but it can also reveal the power of brotherhood and a selfless sense of purpose. It’s an experience that changes soldiers, and those changes last a lifetime. It changes the lives of their families too in ways that those who have not experienced can never know. READ MORE

    12:05 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: China is "brazenly and illegally" seeking to claim parts of Indian territory, says Manmohan Singh

    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said China is "brazenly and illegally" seeking to claim parts of Indian territory such as the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso Lake by committing multiple incursions from April 2020 till date. "We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity. "The Prime Minister cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the Government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further," he said.

    11:51 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: PM Modi must always be mindful of the implications of his words, says Manmohan Singh

    'Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty. And in our democracy that responsibility rests with the office of the prime minister,' former Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. 'The prime minister must always be mindful of the implications of his words and declarations on our nation's security as also strategic and territorial interests,' he was quoted as saying by PTI.

    11:39 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: India, China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting

    "Amidst the tension at Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China to hold Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh," Indian Army Sources were quoted as saying by ANI.

    11:36 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Army jawan killed as Pakistani troops shell forward areas along LoC, IB

    Even as tension continues to escalate on India-China border, an Army jawan was killed on Monday as Pakistani troops opened fire and lobbed mortar shells at forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The heavy Pakistani firing and shelling were reported along the LoC in Poonch district’s Krishna Ghati sector and Rajouri’s Nowshera sector, and along the IB in Kathua district, the officials said. READ MORE

    11:28 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Rajnath Singh departs for Russia amidst LAC tension

    In Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has departed for Moscow, Russia on a 3-day visit. During his visit to Russia, the Defence Minister is scheduled to hold talks on ways to further deepen India-Russia defence and strategic partnership and attend 75th Victory Day Parade of World War II. Defence Secretary is accompanying him, as per ANI report.

    11:24 (IST)22 Jun 2020
    India China news LIVE: Russia visit will deepen New Delhi-Moscow relationship

    "Leaving for Moscow on a 3-day visit. The visit to Russia will give me an opportunity to hold talks on ways to further deepen the India-Russia defence and strategic partnership. I shall also be attending the 75th Victory Day Parade in Moscow," tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

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