India-China panic: Beijing accused of major step at border flashpoint

Border disputes between the two nations have been ongoing since May this year following military clashes from both sides on the North-Eastern border of Sikkim.

In June, the two countries engaged in their first bloody altercation in 45 years after troops met in Galwan Valley, in Ladakh.

Around 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 35 Chinese, including a senior official, were confirmed dead, according to local reports from each side.

Now, two Indian officials have accused Chinese troops of saying a network of fibre optic cables at a western Himalayan flashpoint.

The officials claim Beijing was planning a long haul stay despite talks aimed at resolving a standoff in the region.

One said: “Our biggest worry is that they have laid optical fibre cables for high-speed communications.

“They have been laying optical fibre cables on the southern bank at breakneck speed.”

The second Indian official said authorities noted similar cables to the north of the Pangong Tso lake about a month ago.

A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry denied any claims the cable network.

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He said: “If you speak on radio, it can get caught.

“Communications on optical fibre cables is secure.”

According to reports, thousands of Indian and Chinese troops – backed by tanks and aircraft – are locked in a stalemate along a 70km-long front to the south of the lake.

Both sides have continually accused each other of escalating the tension along the border.

Yesterday, a third Indian official said the situation was as “tense as earlier” despite the two foreign ministers meeting last week.

Relations between the countries have grown increasing strained over the last three decades.

Several rounds of talks have been held in an attempt to resolve the ongoing dispute but with no success.

In 2017, the two countries clashed over China’s attempt to extend a border road through a disputed plateau.

Only once has there been an outright war between Beijing and New Delhi.

In 1962, India suffered a devastating defeat to China.



India-China fury erupts: Protesters gather in London ordering world to 'Boycott China'

Placards had the words “Free Hong Kong, Uyghurs” and were displayed outside the Chinese embassy building in London. Other placards said, “Free Tibet”. The protestors also chanted “China back off, China back off”.

This was expressing the Indian diaspora’s resentment at what they saw as China’s belligerent foreign policy in Galwan Valley valley were many soldiers lost their lives in brutal hand-to-hand fighting between Chinese and Indian forces.

The UK president of the Overseas Friends of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party Kuldeep Singh Shekhawat spoke about the protest on Indian television.

Speaking to India Today TV, he said: “The focus of the protest which has been organised by the Indian diaspora is the expansionist policy of China and we oppose their aggression.

At the protest the words “free Tibet, free Hong Kong, free Uyghurs” was projected onto the side of the embassy building.

However, the Indian organisers said they had nothing to do with that projection.

Mr Singh Shekhawat said: “We have nothing to do with the image that has been projected on the embassy.”

Ambassador Sun Weidong said in video remarks released in New Delhi that the two countries should be partners rather than rivals and handle differences properly to bring their ties back on the right track.

The Chinese ambassador to India Sun Weidong has recently expressed his sorry at what occurred during the mountainside clash.

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China and India’s relations have not reached such a low ebb since both nations fought a border war in the area in 1962.

That border war created the present line of actual control which is hotly disputed by both New Delhi and Beijing.

The US has recently accused China of bullying other nations.

Speaking of the current tense relations between India and China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his weekly briefing with reporters on Wednesday: “The Chinese took incredibly aggressive action.

“The Indians have done their best to respond to that.

“I’d put this in the context of General Secretary Xi Jinping and his behaviour throughout the region, and indeed, throughout the world.

“From the mountain ranges of the Himalayas to the waters of Vietnam’s Exclusive Zone, to the Senkaku Islands, and beyond, Beijing has a pattern of instigating territorial disputes.

“The world shouldn’t allow this bullying to take place, nor should it permit it to continue.”



India-China: Britons demand West intervene to STOP Beijing aggression – 'They must learn'

On Monday 15, 20 Indian troops were killed during clashes with Chinese troops along the border in the Himalayas. The deaths in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Ladakh region were the first military casualties in 40 years. Following the serious incident between the two countries, Beijing has begun to deploy large troops and weapons in the region which is in the far north of India, according to India’s foreign ministry. 

With that in mind, Express.co.uk asked, “Should the West take action to stop Chinese incursions in India?”

In response, 3,285 people out of 5,400 agreed that the West should stop China’s apparent aggression on the border. 

A further 1,945 said ‘no’ while just 170 were not sure. 

One person said: “The Western nations need to form a concerted financial response to China, perhaps tacitly to start with, by building our own manufacturing and other facilities to replace those in China. 

“Without the West’s money, China will be hampered in its expansion plans.”

A second said: “Sanctions from all countries are now required.”

A third said: “Nobody wants to see World War 3 happen, but China has become very quickly grown bossy and bolshie?

“China needs to be pulled up a bit, they have to learn that regardless of might and strength everybody suffers if they start a war.

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“Keep well out of it.”

Satellite imagery has shown larger numbers of troops massing on the border according to India’s Foreign Ministry. 

Following the build-up of troops, the Indian government has made counter deployments in the region. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, has, however, blamed China for the escalation of tensions. 

He said: “At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC.

“Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship.

“A continuation of the current situation would only escalate the atmosphere.”



India-China: Britons demand West intervene to STOP Beijing aggression – 'They must learn'

On Monday 15, 20 Indian troops were killed during clashes with Chinese troops along the border in the Himalayas. The deaths in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Ladakh region were the first military casualties in 40 years. Following the serious incident between the two countries, Beijing has begun to deploy large troops and weapons in the region which is in the far north of India, according to India’s foreign ministry. 

With that in mind, Express.co.uk asked, “Should the West take action to stop Chinese incursions in India?”

In response, 3,285 people out of 5,400 agreed that the West should stop China’s apparent aggression on the border. 

A further 1,945 said ‘no’ while just 170 were not sure. 

One person said: “The Western nations need to form a concerted financial response to China, perhaps tacitly to start with, by building our own manufacturing and other facilities to replace those in China. 

“Without the West’s money, China will be hampered in its expansion plans.”

A second said: “Sanctions from all countries are now required.”

A third said: “Nobody wants to see World War 3 happen, but China has become very quickly grown bossy and bolshie?

“China needs to be pulled up a bit, they have to learn that regardless of might and strength everybody suffers if they start a war.

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“Keep well out of it.”

Satellite imagery has shown larger numbers of troops massing on the border according to India’s Foreign Ministry. 

Following the build-up of troops, the Indian government has made counter deployments in the region. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, has, however, blamed China for the escalation of tensions. 

He said: “At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC.

“Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship.

“A continuation of the current situation would only escalate the atmosphere.”