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India-China standoff LIVE: US wants to ensure India-China clash does not escalate

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Oct 24: The United States is watching the India-China standoff in Ladakh closely, sharing information with New Delhi, and wants to ensure the situation does not escalate, senior officials of the Trump administration said, ahead of an important visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper next week.

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Here are the Live updates:

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5:10 PM, 24 Oct
India along with the US, Japan and Australia will hold the high-level Malabar naval exercises next month. Australia is returning to the high-level naval exercise for the first time after 2007 when its participation drew criticism from China.
5:09 PM, 24 Oct
"Given China's increasingly aggressive behaviour across the Indo-Pacific from the Himalayas to the South China Sea, it is more important than ever that we work with like-minded partners such as India. We were pleased to see India's recent announcement regarding Australia joining the Malabar Naval exercise," they said.
5:09 PM, 24 Oct
'We have had an ongoing dialogue with the Indians about the increased cooperation in Southeast Asia, not just the South China Sea. And we encourage their involvement and that cuts across development investments, that cuts across security cooperation and that also involves presence and so, we welcome greater Indian participation across Southeast Asia in all three of those areas," US officials said in an online news briefing.
11:43 AM, 24 Oct
The United States is monitoring the India-China standoff in Ladakh, and sharing information with New Delhi, and wants to ensure the situation does not escalate, senior officials of the Trump administration said on Saturday.
8:30 AM, 24 Oct
The US said it welcomes increased Indian involvement in Southeast Asia including its military presence in the South China Sea and has been working with like-minded partners to counter "China's aggressive behaviour" from the Himalayas to the disputed oceanic region.
1:08 AM, 24 Oct
New deployment of vehicles and equipment under camouflage has also been picked up in Xinjiang, 82 kilometres from the LAC.
1:08 AM, 24 Oct
Even as India and China discuss disengagement from friction points in Ladakh at the military-diplomatic talks, the People’s Liberation Army is constructing new structures and relocating troops and equipment to occupied Aksai Chin in Tibet as well as Xinjiang with no intention of backing off from the 1,597 km of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh at least this winter.
4:58 PM, 23 Oct
"The two sides have reiterated their desire to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and arrive at a mutually acceptable solution for disengagement as early as possible. We continue to remain engaged with the Chinese side and will let you know when there is further information to share," he further added.
4:58 PM, 23 Oct
"As you are aware, India and China continue to have discussions through both diplomatic and military channels to peacefully resolve the issues along the LAC in India China Border areas. This is in keeping with the agreement reached between the two Foreign Ministers during their meeting in Moscow on 10 September 2020. The immediate task is to ensure a comprehensive disengagement of troops in all the friction areas," Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs said.
11:47 AM, 23 Oct
Both the countries agree that mutually acceptable solution must be reached.
11:46 AM, 23 Oct
There is a heavy build up of troops by both sides along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Both sides have reiterated that dialogue should continue through both military and diplomatic channels.
11:46 AM, 23 Oct
India has made it clear that the immediate task is to ensure a comprehensive disengagement of troops at all friction points in the Ladakh sector.
8:32 AM, 23 Oct
The two sides are reportedly engaged in high-level talks to resolve the standoff.
12:39 AM, 23 Oct
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held talks in Moscow on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) summit where they arrived at a five-point agreement to defuse the situation in eastern Ladakh.
12:38 AM, 23 Oct
He was replying to questions at a media briefing on the status of talks between India and China on the over five-month-long standoff along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
12:38 AM, 23 Oct
Though the date for the eighth round of military talks is yet to be firmed up, it is expected to take place by the first half of next week.
12:38 AM, 23 Oct
India on Thursday said that ensuring a comprehensive disengagement of troops in all the friction areas in eastern Ladakh is the "immediate task", remarks that came ahead of another round of military talks with China on the border standoff.
12:38 AM, 23 Oct
China, which has stepped up its engagement in Afghanistan in recent years, on Thursday called on the US to withdraw its troops in an orderly manner to prevent further escalation of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he will bring all soldiers back from the war-torn nation by year-end.
3:18 PM, 22 Oct
India had to buy 200 pieces of Spike anti tank missiles from Israel as emergency purchases. The Spikes were purchased from Israel following the Galwan Valley clash on June 15.
1:18 PM, 22 Oct
As the incident came into light, India has warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey against the misrepresentation of map.
1:18 PM, 22 Oct
The location settings in microblogging site Twitter has been showing Leh in Ladakh as part of Chinese territory, causing massive outrage among netizens.
8:28 AM, 22 Oct
Earlier, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo had said that China had amassed 60,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control(LAC).
12:17 AM, 22 Oct
This will be the third foundational agreement to be signed between India and the US after the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
12:16 AM, 22 Oct
According to the US State Department, Secretary Pompeo will be on a four-nation tour - India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia between October 25 and 30.
12:16 AM, 22 Oct
Amid rising tensions with China, India-US 2+2 meet to be held in Delhi on October 27
3:02 PM, 21 Oct
The Chinese defence ministry late on Monday said the missing soldier had been helping herders round up yaks when he lost his way on Sunday evening. The statement also called for the soldier’s release as soon as possible to “maintain peace and tranquility” on the border.
1:01 PM, 21 Oct
The editor-in-chief added: “It is hoped the cooperation can grow into more mutual trust between the two.”
12:43 PM, 21 Oct
Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-backed Global Times, also confirmed the soldier’s return, saying the move “brings an optimistic message to the tense China-India border”.
11:30 AM, 21 Oct
China’s official military newspaper has said that India has returned a Chinese soldier who had strayed across a contested de facto border in the western Himalayan region where both sides have been locked in a tense standoff.
8:30 AM, 21 Oct
A Chinese soldier was caught by Indian forces in Ladakh after he strayed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the army said on Monday. The soldier, identified as Corporal Wang Ya Long, was caught in the Chumar-Demchok area.

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