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In the first order of the Central Military Commission in 2021 Xi Jinping stressed on strengthening military training in real combat conditions and the ability to win, reported Xinhua(REUTERS)

Xi Jinping orders Chinese military to scale up combat readiness to ‘act at any second’

By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
“People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to ‘act at any second’ and should remain on ‘full-time combat readiness’,” Xi Jinping stressed while adding, “Frontline frictions must be used to polish troop capabilities and training exercises need to incorporate technology.”
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The Line of Actual Control (LAC) border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley.(REUTERS)
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) border and patrol point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector of Galwan Valley.(REUTERS)

China tried to change status quo by force in Ladakh, says MoD review

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:14 PM IST
While the ministry did not elaborate on the unorthodox weapons used, the PLA troops attacked Indian soldiers with stones, iron rods and nail-studded clubs during skirmishes in Pangong Tso and the Galwan Valley last year
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Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a New Year gathering hosted by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a New Year gathering hosted by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.(AP)

New law allows Xi to bypass Chinese cabinet in matters of national security

By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hong Kong
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:22 PM IST
Three of the existing law’s articles were entirely removed, six were added, and 54 articles were amended. The new law now comprises 73 articles arranged in twelve chapters.
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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria(ANI)
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria(ANI)

‘Chinese air force heavily deployed in Ladakh theatre in support of PLA’: IAF chief

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The air chief said the likely reasons for China’s actions along India’s northern borders could include planned escalation and an attempt to establish border claim lines and start border talks on the new positions.
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India-China military talks on standoff paused due to change of guard in PLA

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:38 AM IST
PLA Western Theatre Commander Gen Zhang Xudong is expected to resume the military talks after his induction process is completed
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China’s much-publicised decision to supply 50 armed drones to Pakistan is a reminder for India to move faster to purchase and develop weapons that it has deemed to be a necessity.(Getty Images)
China’s much-publicised decision to supply 50 armed drones to Pakistan is a reminder for India to move faster to purchase and develop weapons that it has deemed to be a necessity.(Getty Images)

China sells 50 armed drones to Pakistan, begins psyops. It’s a reminder | Analysis

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:04 AM IST
The Chinese state media claimed Indian ground formations will be unable to parry an attack by large number of armed drones. But armed drones perform optimally in uncontested air spaces or where it has air dominance.
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India China border: Xi Jinping’s People’s Liberation Army wants Indian soldiers to steps back to Finger 1 while the PLA moves to Finger 8 but the move has been rejected by Indian military commanders.(AFP)
India China border: Xi Jinping’s People’s Liberation Army wants Indian soldiers to steps back to Finger 1 while the PLA moves to Finger 8 but the move has been rejected by Indian military commanders.(AFP)

China’s offer for disengagement in East Ladakh is a trap. Rejected

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Chinese proposal would have amounted to ceding control over territory patrolled by Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police before Chinese troops started transgressions across the Indian perception of the LAC
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In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratlys group of islands are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane off the disputed South China Sea in western Philippines.(AP/ FILE)
In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Chinese structures and an airstrip on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratlys group of islands are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130 transport plane off the disputed South China Sea in western Philippines.(AP/ FILE)

China ‘expels’ US Navy’s frontline destroyer from South China Sea

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 03:23 PM IST
China said the PLA’s southern theatre command had deployed ships and aircraft to warn US destroyer USS John S. McCain as it sailed through the disputed waters near Spratly Islands
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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that the three forces -- Army, Navy and Air Force -- will be integrated, while retaining the niche capabilities of each service.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that the three forces -- Army, Navy and Air Force -- will be integrated, while retaining the niche capabilities of each service.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

China’s PLA carrying out development work in Tibet; India ready for any eventuality, says CDS Rawat

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 09:41 PM IST
Indian forces are carefully watching the activities of the PLA at Doklam, where the armies of the two most populous countries in the world were engaged in a 73-day eyeball-to- eyeball stand-off in 2017.
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The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)
The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)

India stood up to China’s ‘aggression’, forced PLA troops back: Rajnath Singh

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Rajnath Singh called on industry to step up to forge partnerships to provide the armed forces with the right technology and equipment for defending the country and also for driving the export of military hardware.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government released secret documents that indicate that Ottawa was uncomfortable with the military’s decision to cancel a military drill with China’s PLA.(AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government released secret documents that indicate that Ottawa was uncomfortable with the military’s decision to cancel a military drill with China’s PLA.(AP)

Trudeau govt didn’t want to cancel military drill with China, reveal secret papers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Secret Canadian documents reveal that the government was concerned thatChina could interpret cancellation of the military engagement as a retaliatory move related to the Meng Wanzhou case.
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Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army demonstrate their skill during an open day of Stonecutter Island naval base, in Hong Kong in August, 2019.(AP file)
Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army demonstrate their skill during an open day of Stonecutter Island naval base, in Hong Kong in August, 2019.(AP file)

Canada govt objected to military decision to cancel training with Chinese Army: Reports

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Hindustan Times, Toronto
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:33 PM IST
The Peoples Liberation Army had been invited for joint training at the Canadian Forces Base at Petawawa in the province of Ontario.
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Indian Air Force fighter jet flies in the backdrop of Himalayan mountain range, amid the prolonged India-China stand off in eastern Ladakh.(PTI file)
Indian Air Force fighter jet flies in the backdrop of Himalayan mountain range, amid the prolonged India-China stand off in eastern Ladakh.(PTI file)

China likely inducting more fighter jets for western areas amid India standoff

By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan TImes, Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 06:18 PM IST
The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) western theatre command (WTC) – which is in-charge of the LAC – is said to be commissioning the J-16 fighter aircraft in the country’s western regions.
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The Indian Army is not only defending the Ladakh LAC but also keeping a close watch on PLA moves in Central, Sikkim and Eastern sectors with the Chinese army continuing to build military infrastructure in Tibet.(Twitter/@ADGPI)
The Indian Army is not only defending the Ladakh LAC but also keeping a close watch on PLA moves in Central, Sikkim and Eastern sectors with the Chinese army continuing to build military infrastructure in Tibet.(Twitter/@ADGPI)

Indian Army takes a leaf out of Chinese warfare, deploys tunnel defences in Ladakh

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 03:54 PM IST
On August 29-30, the Indian Army troops along with Special Frontier Force (SFF) occupied positions on the Line of Control (LoC) south of Pangong Tso lake on the Kailash Range ridgeline for the first since 1962. Indian Army has already dismissed the PLA energy weapon report as fake news.
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Eastern Ladakh sees temperature dipping to minus 30-40 degrees Celsius and experiences up to 40 feet of snowfall after the month of November(AP)
Eastern Ladakh sees temperature dipping to minus 30-40 degrees Celsius and experiences up to 40 feet of snowfall after the month of November(AP)

Indian Army establishes living facilities for troops deployed in eastern Ladakh

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Ladakh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 05:15 PM IST
The Army said that apart from smart camps with integrated facilities which have been built over the years, additional state-of-the-art habitats with integrated arrangements for electricity, water, heating facilities, health and hygiene have been recently created to accommodate the troops.
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Porta cabins for troops deployed in Ladakh.(Photo: Sourced by HT)
Porta cabins for troops deployed in Ladakh.(Photo: Sourced by HT)

Army completes setting up of modern habitat for troops in Ladakh

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:16 PM IST
Temperatures in some places held by the Indian Army can dip to minus 40 degrees Celsius, with the super high-altitude areas also likely to receive several feet of snow during the peak of winters
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands.(AP)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands.(AP)

‘Warning to US’: Former PLA colonel claims China’s missiles hit moving target in sea

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 17, 2020 04:22 PM IST
Wang Xiangsui’s claim was made in the wake of the US military flowing a U-2S Dragon Lady spy plane near a Chinese naval live-fire drill in the Bohai Sea off China’s northeast coast in August.
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Undeterred by the inclement weather, the Indian troops are packed up in snow tents and igloos.(Twitter/@ADGPI)
Undeterred by the inclement weather, the Indian troops are packed up in snow tents and igloos.(Twitter/@ADGPI)

Indian troops hold positions at LAC in Ladakh braving PLA and polar temperatures

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 11:29 AM IST
The PLA troops are also packed up on their side of the LAC and holding their positions at Gogra-Hot Springs, North Pangong Tso and on South Pangong Tso with accretion of troops across the DBO sector.
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Recent key conclave of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) has finalised plans to build a fully modern military on par with the US by 2027.(AP file photo)
Recent key conclave of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) has finalised plans to build a fully modern military on par with the US by 2027.(AP file photo)

China’s military lays out technology roadmap to catch up with US by 2027: Report

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:46 PM IST
China this year approved about USD 179 billion defence budget, the second-highest after United States defence spending of USD 732 billion.
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Ladakh, Sep 16 (ANI): Indian Army troops during a mock drill practice, in Leh on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Ladakh, Sep 16 (ANI): Indian Army troops during a mock drill practice, in Leh on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Indian Army, PLA consider scaling up disengagement

By Rahul Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:15 AM IST
The highlights of the proposal include both armies retreating from their current positions in Finger Area on the northern bank of Pangong Tso
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Volunteers watch video screens showing Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering an address to the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.(AP)
Volunteers watch video screens showing Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering an address to the opening ceremony of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai.(AP)

China ready to talk on all flashpoints: Officials

By Rahul Singh and Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:49 AM IST
The Indian side is considering a Chinese proposal for disengagement at all friction points and the next meeting of the military commanders is expected to be held by Friday, the officials said.
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to a speech during the BRICS Leaders Meeting with the BRICS Business Council in Goa, India.(AP)
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping listen to a speech during the BRICS Leaders Meeting with the BRICS Business Council in Goa, India.(AP)

No breakthrough in 8th round of India, China military talks

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 06:47 AM IST
The situation in the Ladakh sector remains tense and the ongoing military dialogue has not led to any breakthrough, officials familiar with developments said on the condition of anonymity.
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Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China September 8.(Reuters)
Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China September 8.(Reuters)

China shops for graphene clothes for PLA soldiers at Ladakh border, flaunts it

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 08:06 PM IST
The PLA’s wish list includes “smart warm clothing made of graphene”, a revolutionary form of carbon, the discovery of which led physicists Andra Geim and Konstantine Novoselov to the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.
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An Indian army banner post is seen on the road to Pangong Lake near to Leh, Ladakh.(Getty Images)
An Indian army banner post is seen on the road to Pangong Lake near to Leh, Ladakh.(Getty Images)

China draws up a peace plan on Ladakh. India sees right through it

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 04:38 PM IST
Army finds PLA’s condition that India should only patrol till Finger 3 of Pangong Tso unacceptable as it means that Finger 4 will become part of occupied Aksai Chin
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The PLA’s official website reported that its frontline troops have been equipped with a number of new-type border patrol outfits recently.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
The PLA’s official website reported that its frontline troops have been equipped with a number of new-type border patrol outfits recently.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

China confirms details of new tech improved PLA living conditions at border

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 01:32 AM IST
The details shared by the military officer also indicated that the Communist Party of China (CPC)-headed government is looking at a long haul in border areas.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Army Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Army Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Talks with China to continue, Indian troops standing firm’: Rajnath Singh

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 05:34 AM IST
The border row is in its sixth month and efforts to disengage and de-escalate have yielded no results. The 8th round of military talks between corps commander-ranked officers from the two armies is expected to be held shortly to reduce border tensions.
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China’s comments came as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (right) and secretary of defence Mark Esper visited New Delhi for the 2+2 dialogue with their Indian counterparts.(AP)
China’s comments came as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo (right) and secretary of defence Mark Esper visited New Delhi for the 2+2 dialogue with their Indian counterparts.(AP)

Stop sowing discord between China, regional countries: Beijing on Pompeo’s India trip

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 04:34 PM IST
The Chinese foreign ministry’s reaction came as the US secretary of state and defence secretary Mark T Esper attended the third edition of the US-India 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi.
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Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Sikkim and West Bengal.(ANI Photo)
Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Sikkim and West Bengal.(ANI Photo)

Indian army won’t let anyone take even an inch of our land: Rajnath Singh

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 10:58 AM IST
Even after seven rounds of military level talks between the India and China, the disengagement and de-escalation process in the tense Ladakh region has not moved forward. The commanders are expected to meet for the eighth round of talks next week.
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On the day he was held, the army said in a statement that Corporal Wang had been provided medical assistance, including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him “from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions”. (HT Photo)
On the day he was held, the army said in a statement that Corporal Wang had been provided medical assistance, including oxygen, food and warm clothes to protect him “from the vagaries of extreme altitude and harsh climatic conditions”. (HT Photo)

China soldier who strayed into Ladakh carried sleeping bag, mobile: Official

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 05:42 PM IST
Corporal Wang Ya Long was apprehended in eastern Ladakh’s Demchok sector after he strayed across the contested Line of Actual Control.
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This handout satellite image taken on June 22, 2020, released by Maxar Technologies shows the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Patrolling Point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector, the border between India and China(AFP)
This handout satellite image taken on June 22, 2020, released by Maxar Technologies shows the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Patrolling Point 14 in the eastern Ladakh sector, the border between India and China(AFP)

China preparing PLA for long haul at LAC, upgrading weapons, logistics

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 05:00 PM IST
New Delhi has consistently opposed large presence of PLA troops across LAC, which external affairs minister S Jaishankar had described as “a critical security challenge” to India.
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