How India’s Kavach will add to China’s Malacca Dilemma

New Delhi, Jan 22: China’s apprehension is that major naval powers are controlling the Malacca Strait between Malaysia and Indonesia as a result of which vital supply lines are interdicted.

More than 80 per cent of China’s oil imports pass through the 350 km strait that connects the Indian Ocean and South China Sea.

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Indian Military’s Kavach is a message to Beijing that Indian Ocean Region isn’t South China Sea

New Delhi, Jan 21: The Indian Military will execute high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal in an exercise. Codenamed Kavach or shield.

The military drill be coordinated by the Port Blair based Andaman and Nicobar Command. The defence ministry announced on Thursday that the exercise will be carried out next week to fine-tune joint warfighting capabilities and sharpen operational synergy between the three services.

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March-April will be crucial for the Indo-China standoff

New Delhi, Jan 19: There has been no withdrawal by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops from the friction points, even as both India and China prepare for the 9th round of military commander level talks.

India is prepared for a long haul and would be extremely cautious when the snow melts in March. Meanwhile the Chinese continue to build infrastructure near the various friction points.

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Will solve own problems, won’t allow external interference says Nepal’s foreign minister

Pradeep Gyawali

New Delhi, Jan 17: Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali has said that his country will not accept any foreign interference.

He said that some countries have expressed concerns about the current political situation in Nepal after Parliament was dissolved. However, we will not accept interference by any foreign power in Nepal. 

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No lowering of guard by India, even as China withdraws 10,000 troops from depth areas

New Delhi, Jan 12: The Chinese purportedly withdrew 10,000 troops from the depth areas adjacent to the Line of Actual Control, the defect boundary between India and China.

However the military standoff continues, as the Chinese PLA has not pulled back its front-line troops deployed on the friction points, sources tell OneIndia. 

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April-May would be a crucial phase in the India-China standoff

New Delhi, Jan 12: Even as the Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal, R K S Bhadauria visited Ladakh on Monday and discussed the operational issues with the senior officers of the Air Force and Army, it has been found that the Chinese are continuing to build infrastructure near the various friction points.

Sources tell OneIndia that the Chinese infrastructure continues to be built in the various friction points including the Spanggur Gap and Galwan Valley. India on the other hand too is building infrastructure. 

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Brave martyrs of Galwan Valley clash to be honoured at Republic Day parade

New Delhi, Jan 11: Colonel B Santosh Babu of the 16 Bihar battalion and five Indian Army soldiers who fought the Chinese bravely at the Galwan Valley will be honoured posthumously with gallantry medals on Republic Day.

The Indian troops had retaliated bravely when the Chinese troops refused to withdraw from a location near Patrolling Point 14. In the Galwan Valley clash, 20 Indian soldiers had laid down their lives, but had inflicted severe casualties on the Chinese troops. 

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As China drags its feet on disengagement, India will continue to hold ground

New Delhi, Jan 11: India and China have maintained communication at the ground level to avoid any “misunderstandings and misjudgments” even as discussions continue for achieving complete disengagement in all friction areas, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

However senior officials tell OneIndia that the disengagement process is expected to take longer. This is because of the upcoming 100 year anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party planned in July. President Xi Jinping would want to showcase a strong position. Moreover the standoff with India along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, provides President Xi, the perfect opportunity to divert the nation’s attention from the poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nepal-India relations will reach new height says K P Oli

New Delhi, Jan 11: Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli said that the 370 sq-km area of Kalapani-Limpiadhura-Lipulek at the trijunction of Nepal-India and China (Tibet) has been under the country’s possession for long.

Addressing the Upper House of the Nepal Parliament, he said that the issue would be raised during the visit by foreign affairs minister, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali to India on January 14. 

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Chinese soldier held on Indian side of LAC

New Delhi, Jan 09: A Chinese soldier was apprehended on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh in the South area of the Pangong Tso Lake.

The PLA soldier had transgressed across the LAC and was taken into custody by the Indian troops deployed in the area. 

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