NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Earlier this month, the Indian army stationed on a remote Himalayan plateau built a small observation hut from where they could watch Chinese soldiers across a disputed border.
The move so irked China’s military that it laid a road on territory claimed by India and demanded that the tin hut be dismantled. India refused, destroyed a part of the new road and promptly raised troop numbers in the area.
NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops have dug into positions on a high Himalayan plateau, leading India’s army chief to cancel a foreign trip and monitor a standoff that underscores deep differences between the Asian giants as they seek closer ties.
Military officials in New Delhi and Kashmir said on Tuesday that Chinese troops set up a camp about 3 km (2 miles) into territory claimed by India in the Chumar region of the Ladakh plateau more than a week ago.
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said on Thursday that an unsettled border with China encompassing large parts of the Tibetan plateau was a problem for India and called for talks to resolve the dispute as Chinese President Xi Jinping toured India.
The Dalai Lama’s remarks in Mumbai came as Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a standoff in a barren western stretch of the Himalayas, souring the goodwill around Xi’s trip, which China later said had been brought under control.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km- (2,200- mile-) long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.
More than 200 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army crossed into what India considers its territory in Ladakh in the western Himalayas last week, and used cranes, bulldozers and a Hummer vehicle to build a 2-km (1.2-mile) road within it, the Hindustan Times said.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Government officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with powerful trade unions.
After two decades of halting privatisations, the central government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the state level, involved in activities ranging from generating nuclear power to making condoms.
NEW DELHI, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Indian government officials
will meet on Tuesday to discuss proposals to shut down some
loss-making state-owned companies, risking a conflict with
powerful trade unions.
After two decades of halting privatisations, the central
government still owns about 260 firms and thousands more at the
state level, involved in activities ranging from generating
nuclear power to making condoms.
NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) – China will pledge to
invest billions of dollars in India’s rail network during a
visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than
diplomatic nicety to the neighbours’ first summit since Narendra
Modi became prime minister in May.
The leaders of Asia’s three biggest economies – China, India
and Japan – have crisscrossed the region this month, lobbying
for strategic influence, building defence ties, and seeking new
NEWPORT, Wales/KABUL Sept 4 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s rival
presidential candidates pledged to NATO leaders on Thursday that
they would form a government of national unity and sign legal
agreements allowing foreign troops to stay on next year.
The message to a NATO summit from Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah
Abdullah was meant to reassure allies concerned that a lengthy
deadlock over the disputed presidential election could force
NATO to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan this year.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s rival presidential campaigns were holding last-ditch talks on Wednesday to rescue a deal on a national government after a disputed election raised fears of exacerbating ethnic divisions.
Presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah extended a Tuesday deadline to disengage from the political process to allow international efforts to salvage the U.S-brokered deal under which the two sides also agreed to accept the results of a U.N.-supervised vote audit, his camp said.
KABUL (Reuters) – Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over the disputed vote.
Under the terms of a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the runner-up in the election would name a “chief executive” in a unity government conceived to keep the lid on political tensions.