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Category: International

China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

BEIJING:  China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision. Spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement on the defense ministry’s microblog that the performance of the pilots of the two […]

AP Explains: India and China face off in border standoff

NEW DELHI:  It was the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that sounded the alarm: Chinese soldiers had arrived with bulldozers and excavators, and were building a high-mountain road near India’s border — in an area the two nuclear-armed Asian giants have disputed for decades. India responded to the call by sending troops last month to […]

Ram Nath Kovind is 14th President of India

NEW DELHI:  Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected as India’s 14th President. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee received an overwhelming majority of votes from the country’s lawmakers. Mr. Kovind defeated Opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, garnering more than 65 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College, the […]

China Moved Military Hardware Into Tibet Amid Sikkim Standoff

BEIJING:  The People’s Liberation Army or PLA of China moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the standoff with Indian troops in Dokalam in the Sikkim sector, the PLA’s mouthpiece said today. The military equipment was taken to a region south of the Kunlun […]

US-Russia talks resume; Moscow demands dachas’ return

WASHINGTON:  The United States and Russia on Monday resumed high-level talks aimed at resolving irritants between Washington and Moscow, as Russian patience dwindles for the return of two seized diplomatic compounds. Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov were meeting on Monday. U.S. officials downplayed chances for a breakthrough, especially […]

China warns Japan after routine drills over western Pacific

BEIJING:   China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force has announced that it will be organizing regular exercises that fly past the first island chain — a major entryway into the western Pacific. Beijing describes the latest overflight of Chinese fighter jets between two Japanese islands in the western Pacific as “routine exercises,” and says that […]

Chinese warships conduct live-fire drills in Mediterranean

BEIJING:  In a demonstration of the Chinese navy’s expanding global reach, the country’s latest-generation warships conducted live-firing drills in the Mediterranean Sea this week while en route to joint exercises with the Russian navy, the defense ministry said Wednesday. The destroyer Hefei, frigate Yuncheng and support ship Luomahu took part in Monday’s drills involving the ship’s […]