Doklam effect? China puts Chennai-Bengaluru high speed train project on backburner

indochinaDid the Doklam standoff lead to the delay in the implementation of the high speed train project in south India?

An internal brief of the Mobility Directorate on the status of nine high-speed projects of the railways shows that the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore corridor, a 492 km stretch, lies in limbo because the Chinese railways has failed to respond to the ministry’s communiques.

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Now in China, be patriotic or be punished

China-flag-salute-jpgNow in China, be patriotic or be punished. The Communist Party Congress and the State council of the government have issued fresh guidelines calling for strengthening the party leadership over businesses.

Face facts China tells India post Nirmala Sitharaman’s Nathu La visit

niramalsitharamanChina referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the China-India border as it urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions, a day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post.

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China opens expressway near Arunachal border

chinaChina has opened a 409-km toll-free new expressway linking Lhasa and Nyingchi, the two major cities and tourist attractions in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Nyingchi, incidentally is close to the Arunachal Pradesh border.

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China terms Sushma’s UN speech arrogant

sushma22China termed the speech made by Sushma Swaraj at the UN as arrogant. “India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other. Why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?”, Sushma Swaraja said in her speech at the UN General Assembly.

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China opposes foreign funding in Northeast India

chinaChina has said that it opposes any foreign funding, including from Japan in the disputed areas in Northeast. It also said that it was against any third party’s involvement in Sino-Indian border disputes. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was reacting to Japan’s plans to step up investment in the Northeastern states, as discussed during Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to India.

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Post Doklam, China not baying for India’s blood says PLA Maj Gen

indochina2China has said that it clearly unhappy with those who have been demanding military action against India, post the Doklam standoff. A major general of the People’s Liberation Army said that anti-India commentators do not have a “clear understanding of China’s strategic positioning”.

BRICS declaration, a diplomatic win for India: Stephen Tankel

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For India it was a diplomatic win at the BRICS summit following a declaration on terror groups including those operating with the blessings of Pakistan. The question now is whether China would go that extra mile and advise Pakistan to clamp down on terror groups operating on its soil.

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Post BRICS, Pakistan will have to crack down on terror to make new friends, retain old ones

BRICSIs the China-Pakistan bonhomie wearing off? The BRICS declaration condemned the role various terror groups, but the one that was the highlight was the Jaish-e-Mohammad. It may be recalled that China had refused to support the ban on the Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

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In testing the dirty bomb, North Korea’s target is China and not US

nuclearIt is a well known fact that North Korea has increasingly used the nuclear brinkmanship in a bid to be taken seriously. On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had tested the hydrogen bomb and the announcement came at a time when China was hosting the BRICS summit.

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