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President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

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.
The Chinese flag (representational image) | Pixabay

China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Satellite image by @detresfa_ | Twitter

After missile sites, China now builds heliports along LAC in Ladakh and near Doklam

Experts say these expansions fit into a South China Sea-like strategy, which suggests Beijing plans to aggressively pursue its western territorial claims.
Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

China building missile sites near Doklam, Naku La ‘clash zones’, satellite images show

The Chinese efforts to build air defence positions on the eastern section of the LAC come even as tensions with India continue in the western sector in Ladakh.

Doklam to Galwan: Have Modi-Xi informal summits been more about optics than border peace?

The standoff between Indian and Chinese militaries continues at Ladakh. India is deploying troops at multiple locations to mirror Chinese deployment.
An Indian Air force fighter jet Sukhoi 30 on display during Aero India 2007 in Bangalore

IAF’s Sukhois on sorties in Ladakh amid tensions with China but no jets ‘scrambled’

IAF’s Su 30 MKI jets have been on sorties in Ladakh but they weren’t rushed to Line of Actual Control after 2 Chinese choppers were spotted last week.
Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

India-China border tensions flare up again as soldiers get into scuffles in Ladakh, Sikkim

Troops from both Indian and Chinese sides have been injured in the two incidents. Situation is ‘under control’ now.
File photo of BJP member Tapir Gao | ThePrint

BJP MP flags China ‘encroachment’, says ‘don’t allow next Doklam in Arunachal’

Tapir Gao had also raised the issue in September, claiming that the Chinese army intruded into Arunachal's remote Anjaw district.
Representational image of Chinese soldiers

China & Bhutan close to striking Doklam deal, holding line could become working boundary

2 years after tense India-China stand-off at Doklam plateau, Bhutan could agree to let China hang on to territory it has already captured.
Pangong lake | Commons

Indian and Chinese troops scuffle in Ladakh, disengage after high-level meet

The confrontation comes just a month ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to India for an informal summit with PM Narendra Modi.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.