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September 09, 2020 / 08:15 AM IST

India-China News Highlights | PLA responds to Indian Army's hotline message, confirms 5 missing Arunachal youths found

India China Highlights: Tensions escalated manifold along the LAC in eastern Ladakh after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

India China border tension has escalated on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after an incident of firing took place on the LAC in Eastern Ladakh sector. Troops of India and China have been engaged in a stand-off in the region for over three months. In a statement, the Indian Army said, "India is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC. However, China continues to undertake

provocative activities to escalate." At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to using of any aggressive means, including firing, it said. Meanwhile, China accused Indian troops of violating a bilateral agreement and firing warning shots in the air during a confrontation with Chinese personnel on the disputed border near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake on September 7.

Chinese border guards took "countermeasures" to stabilise the situation, Zhang Shuili, the spokesman for the military's western command theatre, said in a statement published by the military's official news website. The statement did not make clear what those measures were or whether Chinese troops also fired warning shots. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has described the India-China border situation in eastern Ladakh as "very serious. He said there is a need for "very very deep conversation" between the two sides at a political level. Jaishankar said the state of the relationship with China and the state of border situation with the country cannot be de-linked. Jaishankar is expected to have talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow.
  • September 08, 2020 / 08:32 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates |  China now hopes disengagement can be achieved as soon as possible through mutual consultations, flagging approaching harsh winter in the region. 

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed this hope hours after India and China accused each other of firing in the air near the Pangong lake at the Line of Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh on September 7.

    (Inputs from PTI)

  • September 08, 2020 / 08:14 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | Chinese soldiers armed with stick machetes during their deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh sector. 

  • September 08, 2020 / 07:00 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | "Chinese soldiers came armed with guns, spears, rods and machetes. About 40-50 PLA troops came heavily armed with a clear intention to capture Indian territory," sources told CNBC-TV18. Chinese soldiers then fired in the air to intimidate Indian troops. The flare-up came to a halt when the Indian army warned that they would open fire. The incident occurred at 7 pm on September 7, added the sources. 

  • September 08, 2020 / 06:34 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | India on September 8 refuted reports published in Chinese media that Indian troops "illegally crossed" the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Pangong Tso and said the comments attributed to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are "false", reported news agency ANI.

    According to an official statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), "We have seen reports in Chinese state media, including in China Daily and Huanqiu Shibao (Global Times), which had attributed some comments to NSA Shri Ajit Doval. These reports are completely false and are not based on facts. We urge the media to refrain from such speculative reporting."

  • September 08, 2020 / 05:34 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | China's PLA has responded to the hotline message sent by Indian Army. They have confirmed that the missing youths from Arunachal Pradesh have been found by their side. Further modalities to handover the persons to our authority is being worked out, informed Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in a tweet on September 8.

  • September 08, 2020 / 04:47 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | "Pleased to host my Indian counterpart Dr S Jaishankar in Tehran for talks today. Discussed expansion of bilateral relations and trade, and exchanged views on important regional issues. Our active engagement with our neighborhood is our top priority", tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

  • September 08, 2020 / 04:45 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on September 8. The talk with the Iranian leader took place against the backdrop of escalating tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. 

  • September 08, 2020 / 04:10 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | Armies of India and China continue to communicate with each other even as Chinese troops are in a face-off position with Indian troops near the Rezang La heights: ANI quoting Indian Army Sources.

  • September 08, 2020 / 03:49 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | As per several media reports, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will take place at 6 pm today. India-China face-off to be on agenda at the CCS meeting.

  • September 08, 2020 / 03:30 PM IST

    Read | India-China border clashes: How the post of CDS has impacted the chain of command in Indian military

    The appointment of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on December 30, 2019, was justifiably hailed as one of the major initiatives of the Modi government. For many, it was a step long overdue. Most professional militaries, with CDS or equivalents, have added muscle to their war-fighting capabilities.

    The announcement of putting in place a CDS, which came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2019 Independence Day speech, stressed upon the urgent need for a joint culture for the three services. Given India’s recent military history, in the decades preceding the Kargil conflict, joint service endeavours were largely a cosmetic exercise. Continue reading..

  • September 08, 2020 / 02:40 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | Recap: The border situation deteriorated after China unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory in the southern bank of Pangong lake on the intervening night of August 29 and 30. India occupied a number of strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong lake and strengthened its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas in the region to thwart any Chinese actions.

    China has strongly objected to India's move. However, India has maintained that the heights are on its side of the LAC. India has also rushed in additional troops and weapons to the sensitive region following China's transgression attempts. Following China's fresh attempts to change the status quo in the southern bank of Pangong lake, India has further bolstered its military presence in the region. 

  • September 08, 2020 / 02:02 PM IST

    India-China border news LIVE updates | China says Indian troops illegally crossed line of control and fired first

    China's Foreign Ministry maintained that Indian troops illegally crossed a line of control on their shared border and were first to fire warning shots in a serious military provocation. China urged India to discipline its frontline troops, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news conference in Beijing. (Reuters)