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US flexes military muscle at China as Beijing draws down in its border spat with India

Source - TOI

WASHINGTON: The United States is flexing its military muscle at China on behalf of India and other Asian allies and partners, amid signs that Washington is finally ready to take some punitive action against Beijing for its role in spreading the coronavirus pandemic around the globe.
In the clearest sign yet that the Trump White House will not back down from its position as a pre-eminent power in the Pacific and beyond, Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on Monday that the US military "will continue to stand strong whether it's in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else."

Soon after Meadow’s remarks, President Trump cryptically tweeted "China has caused great damage to the United States and the rest of the World!"

Meadow’s remarks came even as Beijing and New Delhi appeared to stand down from their border claims, about which the US had not offered any reaction yet although officials had previously expressed hope that the matter would be settled peacefully.

But reference to its military primacy in the region in the context of the India-China stand-off came even as two US Navy aircraft carriers steamed into the South China Sea in a show of force that some Chinese nationalists found unpalatable.

"The South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and any US aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the pleasure of the PLA, which has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like the DF-21D and DF-26 'aircraft carrier killer' missiles," the Global Times, mouthpiece of China’s authoritarian government said on Monday, quoting unnamed Chinese analysts.
There was a swift riposte from the US. "And yet, there they are. Two @USNavy aircraft carriers operating in the international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz & #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated" a US Navy spokesman tweeted with the hashtag #AtOurDiscretion in response to the Chinese threat.

Trump has lately stepped up verbal attacks on China after months of trying to reach a trade deal with Beijing aimed at selling more farm products from agricultural states in the Middle America that form the bedrock of his political support, only to be undercut by the coronavirus. The President and his aides now seem convinced that China deliberately exported the coronavirus to undermine the US and world economy even as it initiated a border conflict with India.
Over the weekend, Trump’s top trade advisor Peter Navarro bluntly accused China of deliberately letting out the virus. "What they deliberately did – and this is beyond reproach in terms of the facts – they deliberately allowed Chinese nationals to come into the US, Italy and everywhere in between, who were infected, while they were locking down their own transportation network," he said.
The messages from Navarro and Meadows came on the heels of Trump’s own June 30 tweet expressing anger at Beijing: “As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China. People can see it, and I can feel it!”
US officials, analysts and lawmakers also believe China is clearly the aggressor and initiated the ongoing border spat with India. More than a dozen prominent US lawmakers, including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, have blamed China for instigating the clash with intent to grab territory. One US Senator Tom Cotton, considered close to Trump, said China "essentially invaded India and killed 20 soldiers."



Enemy at the gates, so don’t cry wolf

Source -- Sunday Guardian

Rinderpest is also more commonly known as the “foot and mouth” disease and in the past, it has swept through the subcontinent with catastrophic results. In the last ten-odd days since the tragic loss of 20 Indian soldiers in the icy region of the Galwan Valley to Chinese machinations, one can only watch in mind-numbing amazement as many of our countrymen, some of whom have once donned the uniform and served, have suddenly taken leave of their senses.Add to this the mushrooming crop of self-styled defence experts and analysts. Just as the Pakistanis at Longewala in 1971 were intercepted, radioing for help as IAF Hawker Hunters decimated their tanks, “ek jata hai toh ek aata hai aur bees-bees minute ooper nachta hai” (as one goes, the other comes and dances around above us for 20 to 40 minutes) we watch equally helplessly as we evolve into a country of professional blabber mouths. From a channel even describing the intake of a certain type of fighter aircraft th…

INDIA CHINA CLASH UPDATE, Indian army to get ammunition from US for M777 Howitzers with EMERGENCY FUND worth 500 CR

Source -- India Today

Govt granted armed forces emergency financial powers for weapons for India-China conflict, the Army has now ordered ammunition for M777 Howitzer guns from the US. To use in high hills for heavy damage.

“There is a plan to place orders for more rounds of the Excalibur ammunition from the US under the Vice-Chief financial powers,” defence sources told Aajtak and India Today TV.

The plan is to upgrade the strength of Army battalions deployed with the M-777 guns in the forward areas in the Eastern Ladakh sector, they said.India had first placed an order for the Excalibur ammunition in May-June last year after the Balakot operations.The Excalibur ammunition has more range and better accuracy that makes it lethal can hit targets at 40-50 km depending on the artillery gun used.Ready for an all-out conflict with China in view of the ongoing dispute at the border, the Narendra modi governement had granted bing finacial power this week to the defence forces under which they c…

INDIA-CHINA CLASH UPDATES (LAC) : Diplomatic talks on, but government skeptical about china intentions

India and china on table of negotiations for resolving the LAC issue between both the countries at Galwan and Pangong Tso area which is recently converted into a conflict resulting in death of 20 Indian soldiers and approx 45 to 50 Chinese soldiers(china not accepted it officially). But American agency and foreign minister of India acknowledged it on the basis of sources.

Even after multiple rounds of talk Indian Army and Govt is skeptical about the Chinese intentions because historically they are the liar and no one in the world can rely on there wordings. Also in current scenario they have proved it few days back they got agreed to remove the army and reduce their strength from PP14 at Galwan Valley near LAC but that was not followed on ground when our soldiers went to talk about this deescalation they attacked us back and this resulted in killing of their 45 soldiers and 20 of our soldier got martyred in this.  Again we had started talks again they promised to Deescalate the things…