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Will use 'all tools' to counter China's SCS claims: US

16 Jul 2020

Will use 'all tools' to counter China's SCS claims: US

Terming China's claims over the South China Sea "illegal," the United States on Wednesday announced to support Southeast Asian countries that believe Beijing has violated their sovereignty in the territorially disputed waters.

US shifting troops to counter Chinese threat to India, others

26 Jun 2020

US shifting troops to counter Chinese threat to India, others

The United States could have a role to play in the ongoing Indo-China conflict, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the country was reviewing the position of its troops in Europe to face the threat which People's Liberation Army poses to Asian countries like India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, as well as South China Sea.

India-China clash: General VK Singh calls to 'hurt China economically'

21 Jun 2020

India-China clash: General VK Singh calls to 'hurt China economically'

War is the last resort, said former Indian Army chief and Union Minister, General VK Singh, in a recent interview about the India-China border situation.

Trump says US will help India, China resolve 'tough situation'

21 Jun 2020

Trump says US will help India, China resolve 'tough situation'

United States President Donald Trump has said that the US is trying to help resolve the ongoing border tensions between India and China.

Top US Congressman slams China's aggression against India, suggests diplomacy

02 Jun 2020

Top US Congressman slams China's aggression against India, suggests diplomacy

The chief of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Eliot Engel, spoke on the underway tensions between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), commenting on Monday that the aggression of the Chinese is a matter of concern.

Chinese choppers spotted near LAC, IAF sends fighter jets

12 May 2020

Chinese choppers spotted near LAC, IAF sends fighter jets

Last week, a couple of Chinese choppers were found flying dangerously close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, prompting the Indian Air Force (IAF) to send its fighter jets.

Address global concerns on cross-border terror: India, US to Pakistan

13 Mar 2019

Address global concerns on cross-border terror: India, US to Pakistan

India and the US yesterday called on Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, including that emanating from across the border.

China hikes defense budget by 7.5% to $177.61 billion

05 Mar 2019

China hikes defense budget by 7.5% to $177.61 billion

China, the world's second largest military spender after the US, announced a 7.5% increase in its defense budget for this year, hiking it to a whopping $177.61 billion.

India and Vietnam to step up defense cooperation, oil exploration

21 Nov 2018

India and Vietnam to step up defense cooperation, oil exploration

India and Vietnam have decided to step up defense cooperation and oil exploration to boost their bilateral ties as they reaffirmed the importance of freedom of navigation and unimpeded economic activities in the South China Sea.

China, US sparring continues over South China Sea

10 Nov 2018

China, US sparring continues over South China Sea

Asserting there is no problem of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, Beijing said no country should use any excuse to engage in militarization there.

US's Jim Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

18 Oct 2018

US's Jim Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

In the wake of escalating tensions between the US and China, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, today in Singapore.

US concerned with continued militarization of South China Sea: Mattis

16 Oct 2018

US concerned with continued militarization of South China Sea: Mattis

The US remains highly concerned with China's continued militarization in the disputed South China Sea, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters yesterday traveling with him to Vietnam.

Japan's Abe to visit China for talks with President Xi

13 Oct 2018

Japan's Abe to visit China for talks with President Xi

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay a three-day visit to China from October 25, the first by a Japanese leader in seven years, the two countries announced yesterday, signaling warming of ties between the arch-rivals.

Obama was 'impotent' about South China Sea, says Trump

10 Oct 2018

Obama was 'impotent' about South China Sea, says Trump

US President Donald Trump today slammed his predecessor Barack Obama for being "impotent" and not stopping China from expanding its influence in the South China Sea, saying the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for the US in the disputed region.

US, China to hold talks to reduce trade, military tensions

08 Oct 2018

US, China to hold talks to reduce trade, military tensions

China and the US are set to hold high-level talks in Beijing, China to reduce the spiraling trade and military tensions between the world's two largest economies.

Chinese destroyer comes extremely close to US warship in SCS

02 Oct 2018

Chinese destroyer comes extremely close to US warship in SCS

A Chinese warship sailed within yards of an American destroyer, forcing it to change course, in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter as the US vessel was in contested waters in the South China Sea.

Won't be pushed around by US on trade, says China

29 Sep 2018

Won't be pushed around by US on trade, says China

China warned yesterday that its critical relationship with the US could break "like a glass," and used the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders as the stage to warn Trump administration it wouldn't be pushed around on trade.

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Vietnam to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation

27 Aug 2018

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Vietnam to deepen bilateral strategic cooperation

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday arrived in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on the first leg of her four-day two-nation tour, which aims at deepening India's strategic cooperation with Vietnam and Cambodia.

China is waging 'quiet kind of cold-war' against US: CIA

22 Jul 2018

China is waging 'quiet kind of cold-war' against US: CIA

China is waging a "quiet kind of cold war" against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of CIA's East Asia mission center, said at Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.

Chinese hackers steal highly-sensitive 'undersea warfare' data from US Navy

09 Jun 2018

Chinese hackers steal highly-sensitive 'undersea warfare' data from US Navy

Chinese government hackers have stolen a massive cache of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare from a US Navy contractor, including secret plans to develop a new submarine-launched anti-ship missile.

Indian armed forces building partnerships in Indo-Pacific region: PM Modi

03 Jun 2018

Indian armed forces building partnerships in Indo-Pacific region: PM Modi

Describing the Indo-Pacific as a "natural region", PM Narendra Modi said India's armed forces, especially the Navy, are building and expanding partnerships in the strategically vital region for peace, security, and humanitarian assistance.

US sends naval warships near China-claimed SCS islands

27 May 2018

US sends naval warships near China-claimed SCS islands

Even as US President Donald Trump continues wooing China for cooperation on North Korea, the US sent two Navy warships sailing near South China Sea islands today, a move likely to anger Beijing.

China begins large-scale mining at Arunachal Pradesh border

20 May 2018

China begins large-scale mining at Arunachal Pradesh border

China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver, and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, said a media report.

China using Taiwan to gain more control, isolate India, Japan

18 May 2018

China using Taiwan to gain more control, isolate India, Japan

China will turn Taiwan into a major nuclear and conventional military base and use it to gain more control over the disputed South China Sea to "isolate" both India and Japan, warned Richard D Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center yesterday.

China will not concede "a single inch of land": Xi

20 Mar 2018

China will not concede "a single inch of land": Xi

Soon after being re-elected for a second five-year term with prospects of continuing as the President of China for life, Xi Jinping asserted that his country will not concede "a single inch of land" and guard its sovereignty.

China downplays India's friendly ties with ASEAN countries

25 Jan 2018

China downplays India's friendly ties with ASEAN countries

ASEAN leaders have descended in India to enjoy a three-day jamboree comprising bilateral meetings, India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and Republic Day celebrations.

Now, Chinese troops intrude Arunachal Pradesh with road equipment

03 Jan 2018

Now, Chinese troops intrude Arunachal Pradesh with road equipment

After tensed times in 2017, India-China relations will not get a breather anytime soon.

China's new maritime surveillance network: Should we be worried?

03 Jan 2018

China's new maritime surveillance network: Should we be worried?

China has reportedly developed a new underwater surveillance network to help its submarines navigate and locate targets better.

Now, China's PLA accuses Indian troops of being aggressive

01 Jan 2018

Now, China's PLA accuses Indian troops of being aggressive

India and China ended 2017 on a positive note by declaring truce along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the special representative (SR) dialogue.

World's largest amphibious plane makes maiden flight

24 Dec 2017

World's largest amphibious plane makes maiden flight

The world's largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, made a successful one-hour-long maiden flight today from Zhuhai airport in the Guangdong province on the South China Sea coast.

Tillerson: US has elevated its relationship with India in Indo-Pacific

13 Dec 2017

Tillerson: US has elevated its relationship with India in Indo-Pacific

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its policy to create a "free and open Indo-Pacific" region.

Australia looks at greater India engagement to balance China

25 Nov 2017

Australia looks at greater India engagement to balance China

Australia said it will strengthen ties with India, Japan, and the US in the Indo-Pacific region under the quadrilateral dialogue between the four countries.

Rex Tillerson: Trump wants to "dramatically deepen" ties with India

19 Oct 2017

Rex Tillerson: Trump wants to "dramatically deepen" ties with India

Ahead of his visit to India next week, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in a policy address at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies outlined how US views relations with India.

Swaraj condemns North Korea in India-Japan-US trilateral meet

19 Sep 2017

Swaraj condemns North Korea in India-Japan-US trilateral meet

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in New York.

South China Sea: Are India and Japan changing positions?

18 Sep 2017

South China Sea: Are India and Japan changing positions?

Keeping China's expansionist tendencies in check is one of the common interests driving the India-Japan relationship.

Why India and China agreed to settle the Doklam crisis

29 Aug 2017

Why India and China agreed to settle the Doklam crisis

The months-long standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at Doklam came to an end yesterday, with both sides agreeing to withdraw their troops.

Doklam standoff: 'India wants peace, China will make positive move'

21 Aug 2017

Doklam standoff: 'India wants peace, China will make positive move'

Amid the months-long Doklam standoff, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said China will "soon" make a positive move and the issue will be resolved soon.

PM Modi exerts diplomatic pressure on China

19 Aug 2017

PM Modi exerts diplomatic pressure on China

The Indian government has reportedly launched a significant but quiet diplomatic campaign to convince China's neighbors to pressurize Beijing to end the ongoing seven-week Doklam standoff.

Amid Doklam standoff, India's BrahMos supply to Vietnam irks China

18 Aug 2017

Amid Doklam standoff, India's BrahMos supply to Vietnam irks China

India and China are locked in a tense border standoff in Doklam since mid-June; experts say they are "dangerously close" to their worst military conflict.

North Korea: Plan to bomb Guam will be ready soon

10 Aug 2017

North Korea: Plan to bomb Guam will be ready soon

The war of words between America and North Korea continues unabated.