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World Modi takes veiled dig at China in visit to disputed border area

13:55  03 july  2020
13:55  03 july  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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 Tensions between India and China: The army of the two camps deployed in large numbers at the border Despite diplomatic meetings, each country is trying to gain a military balance of power in the disputed region in the Himalayas © Ajit Solanki / AP / SIPA An anti-Chinese demonstration in Ahmedabad, India, June 24, 2020. How will the border dispute between India and China be resolved? If officially the two parties keep repeating that they want to find a diplomatic solution, the military presence is only increasing on the ground.

Modi , who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area , pictures from China said on Friday that artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation would harm India's interests and that the two countries should work together to uphold

Modi , who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area , pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed. The nuclear-armed neighbours have amassed troops along the border , most of which remains disputed , and military and

a group of people on a mountain road: PM Modi met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area [Reuters] © [Reuters] PM Modi met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area [Reuters]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that "age of expansionism" is over, as he paid tribute to soldiers killed in last month's border skirmish with China in a surprise visit to the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh amid escalating tension between the Asian giants.

"Age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back," Modi said without naming China during his first trip to the disputed region since June 15 deadly border clash left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Ladakh for a surprise visit amid a military build-up weeks after violent clashes between the armies of India and China on 15 June. Amid reports of a continuing build-up by the People's Liberation Army of China near the disputed Line of Actual Control

China said it viewed a visit to a border area by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, third from left, as an unnecessary provocation.Credit Jagadeesh Nv/European Pressphoto Agency.

Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed.

"Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today," he said during his address to soldiers in Ladakh.

"The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India's strength."

Modi was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the chief of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 were injured.

The border clash saw soldiers engaged in brutal hand-to-hand fighting with clubs and staves about 4,270 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level amid sub-zero temperatures. It was the worst border skirmish in nearly 50 years.

Narendra Modi visits Himalayan border where troops clashed with China

  Narendra Modi visits Himalayan border where troops clashed with China Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flown into the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh, officials say, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on their disputed border there, escalating tension between the Asian powerhouses. Mr Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh's Nimu area, pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed.Mr Modi also posted a photo on his official Instagram with the caption: "Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel at Nimu".

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Officials said Modi was accompanied by the chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the chief of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane [Reuters]

China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have amassed troops along the 3,500km (2,200 mile) long border, most of which is not demarcated, and military and diplomatic talks are going on to de-escalate the confrontation.

India claims 38,000sq km (15,000sq miles) of land currently under Chinese control while Beijing stakes claim to 90,000sq km (34,700sq miles) area within Indian territory.

Analysts say the current standoff at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is a result of Chinese pushback against India's building of military infrastructure at the de facto border in recent years.

Another reason, according to some experts, is linked to India's unilateral move last year to repeal Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which had guaranteed a measure of autonomy to Indian-administered Kashmir, which also included the disputed areas of Ladakh region.

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What is clear, though, is that the United States is taking a keen interest in events. As tensions between India and China escalate While this has emboldened New Delhi, the US’ motives are clearly aimed at countering China , and this dispute gives them the perfect opportunity to ratchet up pressure on Beijing.

China -India border dispute . Image copyright Getty Images. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said India had crossed the border twice on Monday It will also present daunting foreign policy and security challenges to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, which is

China, which, like Pakistan, saw India's move as unilaterally affecting its territory, strongly denounced the move at the United Nations Security Council last year.

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Meanwhile, India's Ministry of Defence on Thursday approved the purchase of 21 Russian MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft costing $2.43bn to augment its air force in the wake of the border standoff with China.

India is also awaiting the arrival of the first batch of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered as part of a $8.78bn deal signed with France in 2016.

Last week, India banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile phone applications in retaliation to the killing of its soldiers that has caused an anti-Chinese backlash.

China said on Friday that artificial blocks to bilateral cooperation would harm India's interests and that the two countries should work together to uphold peace in their border region.

Beijing will take necessary measures to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses in India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing.

India-China annual bilateral trade stands at $92bn.

High stakes in the Himalayas: China and India's border hotspot .
On a remote facility in the middle of China, Beijing has been preparing for another battle to reclaim lost lands.In the language of geopolitics it's known as salami slicing, a tactic used to covertly snatch disputed lands, sliver by territorial sliver.

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