Currency and trade wars invariably go together. No.  Raja Mohan, Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, writes that the growing power imbalance between China and India is the main cause of the dispute, with everything else such as the location of the dispute or international ties of India, being mere detail. | Part 1", "How a strip of road led to China, India's worst stand-off in years", China's Infrastructure in Tibet And Pok – Implications And Options For India, "18 Modi-Xi meetings, several pacts: killings breach consensus, dent diplomacy", "Indian and Chinese soldiers injured in cross-border fistfight, says Delhi", "India, China troops clash in Sikkim, pull back after dialogue", "China flexing military muscle in border dispute with India", "Will India Side With the West Against China? 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Further, China warned India on 31 July 2020 that a "forced decoupling" of the economies of both countries will only result in both economies getting hurt, a lose—lose situation. Also, and crucially unlike us, China is preparing for the next type of war. While the Indian Army already had multiple boat patrolling teams stationed, the Indian Navy, in July 2020, was called in to match the presence of the Chinese Type 928 B vessels at the lake. Optical fibre cables are being laid for its frontline troops at the faceoff sites in Pangong Tso and Gogra-Hot Springs area. , Chinese media have given little to no attention to the dispute and have downplayed the clashes. RADM Philipose George Pynumootil(Flag Officer Naval Aviation) , A large part of the logistical requirements on the Indian side is in the form of fuel, oil and lubricants (FOLs). Post-Covid, we would be wise to build a new global consensus on which punitive measures are suited to states that violate our cyber or biological safety. Kartha also mentions other attempts of propaganda by the Chinese, including reports of deploying karate fighters, capabilities of is naval prowess, 'power messaging' by Xi such as his directive to PLA to get ready for war, the usage of "wolf warriors" such as Hou Yanqi, the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal; while statements directed at keeping friendly relations, especially with the business community of the world are made by other senior officials such as China’s Foreign Minister. , Tara Kartha, a former director in the National Security Council Secretariat of India, in August 2020, wrote on China's psy–ops and propaganda during the skirmishes. The heights mentioned include Rezang La, Reqin La, Black Top, Hanan, Helmet, Gurung Hill, Gorkha Hill and Magar Hill.  The revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, in August 2019, by the Indian government has also troubled the Chinese. 7 injured  On 6 November, the eighth corps-commander-level meeting took place. 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According to Gen VK Singh, an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers were also captured and later released by India. At each of these places, around 800–1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly crossed the LAC and settled at a place about 2–3 km (1–2 mi) from the border, pitching tents and deploying heavy vehicles and monitoring equipment.  China is also seeking to set up military logistics facilities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.  V.K. , The issue of Chinese materials in Indian Army bulletproof vests was again raised in June after the Galwan incidents.  The clash took place near the fast-flowing Galwan River, and some soldiers from both sides fell into a rivulet and were killed or injured.  The EurAsian Times stated that the Chinese "have a huge build-up including military-style bunkers, new permanent structures, military trucks, and road-building equipment". Gen Bipin Rawat(Chief of Defence Staff)  The MEA spokesperson's statement on the incident was also removed from Weibo. 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On 13 October, the seventh round of military commanders talks in Chushul took place; while the talks were called positive, on ground issues and tensions remain. Please click here to submit your pitch. , On 29 June, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, SHAREit and Baidu Maps.  Later the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Indian Army denied any detention of Indian soldiers. 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According to Indian sources, melee fighting on 15/16 June 2020 resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers (including an officer) and casualties of 43 Chinese soldiers (including the death of an officer). We must first understand what happened, and grasp how it came that we so willingly handed China the very tools by which to defeat us. Air Force Gen. Xu Qiliang(CMC vice-chairman) Do we take that bait and prepare for war too? So what is the solution?  In July, Stratfor reported that the Chinese have built 26 new temporary barracks and 22 new bases along the Indian border; "a mix of permanent and semi-permanent positions". On June 15, 2020 at Galwan Valley, Col B Santosh Babu Commanding Officer, 16 Bihar led the Quick Reaction Force of 16 Bihar and attached troops tasked to evict the PLA OP from Gen AY Nala and move further to Patrolling Point 14. , Numerous Indian government officials said that border tensions would have no impact on trade between the two countries. 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This includes multiple rounds of colonel, brigadier and major general rank dialogue, special representatives' meetings,[c] meetings of the 'Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs' (WMCC),[d] meetings and communication between the foreign ministers and the defense ministers. 76 injured (18 serious, 58 minor injuries), Indian sources:  On 6 November, the eighth corps-commander-level meeting took place.  The Business Standard wrote there will be further loss of Indian territory due to a 'mutual pullback agreement'.  An example taken was the pharmaceutical industry in India which meets 70% of its active pharmaceutical ingredient requirements from China.  Apart from completing the DS–DBO Road the workers would also be assisting the BRO in the construction of other border roads. Our Army took necessary action against these attempts.  Two new marinas at Pangong Tso have also been built. 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China poses the greatest threat to the U.S. and democracy around the world since Nazi Germany, and policy makers must be prepared for a prolonged period of …  Chinese spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said that India "agreed to and withdrew its cross-border personnel in the Galwan Valley and dismantled the crossing facilities in accordance with China's request".  As of 30 July, disengagement remained incomplete at Pangong Tso and at PP 17A Gogra while "complete disengagement and de-escalation" between India and China was remaining.  On day 100 of the border tensions The Week reported a statement from a defence official based in the Secretariat Building in New Delhi, "Indian military planners believe that things seem to be out of their control.  Tibetan-American, Taiwanese-American, and Indian-American held a rally at Times Square in New York raising placards with slogans such as 'Boycott China', 'Tibet stands with India' and 'Stop Chinese Aggression'. [q] Amidst the standoff, India completed military logistics sharing agreements with partners in the Quad— Japan, Australia and United States.  Most of the soldiers who were killed fell to their deaths after losing their footing or being pushed off a ridge. , On 25 July, Indian media reported a completion of disengagement at Galwan, Hot Springs and Gogra. According to Mitch McConnell, US Senate Majority Leader, and Ashley Tellis, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one reason is China's territory grabbing technique, also referred to as 'salami slicing', which involves encroaching upon small parts of enemy territory over a large period of time.  Khalid Shah, an Associate fellow at ORF, writes that at large the Kashmiri population has "left no stone unturned to mock the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Chinese belligerence. The Chinese claim lines are 5 km further west of bottleneck. We have been outmaneuvered, but this pandemic has magnified our failures and brought them to the fore.  Following the 14–hour talks, a joint statement was released, which included both sides having agreed to "stop sending more troops to the frontline". , On 8 August, the Business Today reported that mainland China's exports to India since January 2020, amidst the boycott calls, had fallen 24.7 per cent year-on-year according to the Government of India's customs data.  The Indian Army has maintained that it will continue enhanced deployment of troops even through winter if the disengagement process is not complete. China sees it as a threat to its "territorial integrity", which it will not sacrifice for the sake of good relations with India.  In September, Stratfor reported that since the beginning of the standoff, the construction of four new heliports has started.  New Chinese ammunition bunkers were also reported 7 km from the 2017 site. This included the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle and Rudram-1, an air-to-surface anti-radiation missile.  Starting from June, the government announced up to 170% increase in minimum wages for those working along the India-China border, with the highest increase in wages going to employees in Ladakh.  Several news outlets stated that 10 Indian soldiers, including 4 officers, were taken captive and then released by the Chinese on 18 June.  China's information warfare focused on trying to portray India as the aggressor and at the same time used the state media to repeatedly emphasize China's economic and military power.  By the end of June, some analysts agreed that the border tensions between India and China would give the Make in India campaign a boost and increase the pace of achieving self-reliance in some sectors.  In an interview to The Guardian, Cai Xia, expelled from the CCP on 17 August 2020, said that the recent India-China border clash and "provoking conflict" elsewhere was part of Xi's way to "divert the attention of the Chinese public" from "domestic economic and social tensions" as well as "to consolidate his own position and authority". However, China seriously under-estimated the following world-wide response: President Trump will win big-time in 2020 and he will have a conservative House and Senate; Trump is draining the swamp. Jonathan Chatwin reviews China’s Good War by Rana Mitter.  Some of these heights are in the grey zone of the LAC and overlook Chinese camps. It would also mean areas beyond PP14 are now out of bounds. , A June 2020 report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that there have been simultaneous efforts by China to occupy land at multiple locations along the Sino-Indian border. ", Maria Siow, East Asia regional analyst for the South China Morning Post, wrote about the India-Vietnam military alliance in the South China Sea region as a counter to the China–Pakistan alliance.  Satellite imagery from between 12 and 26 June, by Planet Labs shows that the Chinese army increased infrastructure between Finger 4 and 5 on a massive scale, which includes tents, trenches, water tanks and stationed equipment and vehicles along with some camouflaged structures. The PLA Western Theatre Command spokesperson also claimed the Indian Army had crossed the LAC to enter the "Shenpao mountain region". Following this, the Indian embassy in China issued a clarification on its Weibo account that the post wasn't removed by them, and re-published a screenshot of the statement in Chinese.  On 21 September, the sixth commander-level meeting took place at Chushul-Moldo BPM. We must minimise our total global supply-chain dependency on China, or any one nation for that matter. The Planet Labs imagery also showed terrain inscribed with the Mandarin Chinese name of China, Zhongguo, along with the present day map of China on the shore of the lake between Finger 4 and 5.  Experts also stated that while the boycott campaign was a good initiative, replacement products should be available in the immediate future too.