Skip to main content


Will continue maintaining high-tempo of operations, says Navy chief amid tensions with China

India, China say won’t send more troops to Ladakh frontlines, agree to avoid misunderstandings

India and China issued a joint statement after senior Army officials of the two sides held commander-level talks as part of the countries’ first military-diplomatic dialogue.

New Delhi: India and China have agreed to stop sending more troops to the frontlines in Ladakh, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation, the countries said in a joint statement Tuesday.

The statement was issued after senior Army officials of the two sides held the 6th round of commander-level talks Monday as part of the countries’ first military-diplomatic dialogue.

The 14-hour talks were held at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), from Monday 9 am.

India and China said they had “candid and in-depth exchanges of views” on stabilising the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, where the two sides have been locked in a stand-off since April.

“They (the two sides) agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation,” the statement added.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 7th round of military commander-level talks as soon as possible.

Among other things, they decided to take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area, the joint statement said.

This is the second joint statement issued by India and China this month, with the first one released after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi met in Russia on 10 September.

At the time, the two sides had decided to keep talking, disengage fast, and keep distance as part of a five-point agenda to ease tensions.

‘No forward movement on ground’

The five-point agenda served as the basis for Monday’s meeting, but sources in the defence and security establishment said there has been no forward movement on the ground.

Sources had told ThePrint earlier Tuesday that the talks had ended in a “stalemate”, with both sides sticking to their stances as far a the situation on the ground was concerned.

While the Indian delegation refused to comply with the Chinese army’s demand to pull out from the southern banks of the Pangong Tso, the Chinese declined India’s emphasis on disengagement at all friction points along the LAC in Ladakh, the sources had said.

China has been peeved by India’s move on the intervening night of 29-30 August, when specialised units along with regular soldiers outflanked the Chinese and occupied crucial heights along the southern bank of the Pangong Tso.

At the military-diplomatic dialogue, India was represented by 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen. Harinder Singh, his would-be successor Lt Gen. P.G.K. Menon, along with two officers of major general rank, four brigadiers and other colonel-level officers and translators.

They were joined by Navin Srivastava, joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs who looks after China. Indo-Tibetan Border Police Inspector General Deepam Seth was also a part of the delegation.




China Could Use Myanmar’s Airspace To Launch Surprise Attack Against India – Reports

As the India-China border-standoff in the Ladakh region now enters the 14th week, reports suggest that China is closely monitoring India’s strategic defense facilities including the Tezpur Airbase in Assam.

According to a report published by India Today, China is keeping a vigilant eye on India’s strategic facilities in the eastern sector, notably Tezpur Airbase in Assam and Abdul Kalam Islands in Odisha.

The reports come after India issued a Notice-to-Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal from 20 to 22 August 2020, for an area of about 550 km off the coast of Odisha – similar to the one issued last year when India successfully tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).

The HSTDV project is run by DRDO for its futuristic hypersonic weapons delivery platform including the BrahMos-2 project. Apart from the Eastern coast, the Tezpur airbase in Assam is a combined Defense-Civilian airport that is home to the No.2 and No.106 Squadro…

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…

Ladakh standoff: Forces ready for military actions if talks fail, says CDS Rawat

Ladakh standoff: Forces ready for military actions if talks fail, says CDS RawatRawat said govt was reviewing all options with objective that PLA restores status quo(File) CDS Bipin Rawat | PTI

Despite multiple rounds of talks, the standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh has not ended.

On Monday, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat emphasised that the 'military option' to counter Chinese transgressions across the Line of Actual Control could be exercised if talks at diplomatic and army levels fail.

Rawat told Hindustan Times, "Transgressions along the LAC occur due to differing perceptions about its alignment. Defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions turning into intrusions. Whole-of-government approach is adopted to peacefully resolve any such activity and prevent intrusions. Defence services always remain prepared for military actions should all efforts to restore status quo al…