India-China Tensions

Border tensions between India and China that flared in early May took a more violent turn late Monday when troops clashed in the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh and India lost 20 soldiers, including a commanding officer. There were casualties on the other side too, the Indian Army said after the first violent clash with China in 45 years.

The tensions at the Line of Actual Control have been making headlines for more than a month now despite the coronavirus crisis dominating the news cycle.

India has said it is committed to ensuring the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, even as it accused China of “departing” from the consensus reached earlier to resolve the border standoff.

ThePrint’s reporters, editors and commentators have led the coverage on this top story since the beginning. Here is a pick of the best reports, opinions and videos published so far:


India carefully monitoring developments on Brahmaputra river by China, says MEA

On ongoing LAC standoff in Ladakh, both sides have agreed to have another round of Senior Commanders meeting at ‘appropriate time’, says MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

Faster rotation, 24-hour medical support — how Army’s beating the elements in Ladakh winter

Indian Army has more experience of operating at high altitudes than Chinese, and as Ladakh gets colder, plans are in place to ensure soldiers are fighting fit.

Soldiers still in stand-off in Ladakh, CDS Rawat & BJP MP Lekhi flag off Chinese car in Delhi

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Army completes setting up ‘winter-proof’ camps for troops as Ladakh hits -20°C

The current standoff between India and China marks the first time that soldiers will be deployed in the forward areas of the LAC in Ladakh through its harsh winter.

Peace, tranquillity on border was basis of growth of India-China ties, says Jaishankar

The external affairs minister said there are written agreements between the two countries to not bring a large number of forces to the border and they were observed for 30 years.

Chinese research vessels in Sri Lankan waters come under Indian Navy lens

There is fear the Chinese survey and research vessels primarily gather data vital for conduct of naval operations, especially that of submarines. 

Talks with China going forward, another round on Ladakh disengagement soon, says India

All communication channels at diplomatic and military levels are on between India and China, says external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

India, China standoff in Ladakh expected to be peacefully sorted out soon, says ITBP chief

ITBP director general S S Deswal also said the infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control is also being ramped up at a rapid pace.

India, China inch closer to disengagement in Ladakh, focus on Pangong Tso

According to a proposal planned by both sides to ease LAC tensions, the Chinese will move back from Finger 4 area of northern banks of Pangong Tso to beyond Finger 8.

Hopeful of reaching agreement on de-escalation of tension in eastern Ladakh, says Army chief

Army chief general M M Naravane said India is 'hopeful of reaching an agreement which is mutually acceptable and is really beneficial in keeping with the overarching policy guidelines'.


What CDS Rawat’s speech tells us about China threat & India’s response to it

In episode 612 of Cut The Clutter, ThePrint's Shekhar Gupta discusses CDS Gen Bipin Rawat's speech at the National Defence College on national security and military reforms.

The troika of India-US pacts should not be over-hyped. Pakistan tells why

Islamabad thought that the bilateral defence pact signed with US would compel Washington to aid them in war with India, but it was just an Executive Agreement.

Xi’s motivations behind LAC standoff and why China has been hyperactive since 2017

In episode 574 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta tries to understand Chinese President Xi Jinping's motivations behind the Ladakh standoff by decoding Beijing's military strategies.

LAC crisis will be a long haul, can cost both India and China

Prolonged deployment and maintenance of large bodies of troops in extremely inhospitable conditions is draining both India and China’s economies.

Linking LAC peace with good relations shows India still doesn’t get China

India’s threat to China is simple: show aggression at LAC and pay a cost in worsening ties. But the value of the threat, and hence its credibility, is questionable.

Lesson from Ladakh — India & China were both rising together until China just raced away

China is different now, might think India is ‘arrogant’ for pretending parity. Ladakh stand-off should be a wake-up call on what’s real, not illusory, power.

India can’t afford a knee-jerk reaction on the LAC. That’s what China is hoping for

The weight of decision making on the govt to give a go-ahead for military actions such as Surgical Strikes or a Balakot is very heavy.

China has an intelligence gathering architecture unlike any other

The US agencies have caught and convicted several Chinese spies who had been mobilised through LinkedIn, the professional networking platform owned by Microsoft.

Vajpayee took journalists, analysts to Kargil frontlines. In 2020, Modi can’t even say ‘China’

In 1999, the government allowed the world to see Pakistan’s Kargil invasion and the Indian army's resolve. But Narendra Modi has reversed gears on transparency.

India’s use of secret guerrilla force SFF in Ladakh signals a larger design to contain China

China has boundary disputes with 17 other nations besides India. What's New Delhi waiting for?