Indian fighter jets patrol disputed Himalayan border where China has laid claim to an ENTIRE valley after the warring countries engaged in a deadly midnight brawl with spiked clubs and rocks

  • China has laid claim to the entire Galwan Valley on the Himalayan border at the center of Sino-Indian dispute
  • India has now mobilised fighter jets in retaliation as tensions rise to dangerous levels 
  • Satellite images appear to show China bringing in machinery and damming a river at the disputed border 
  • Indian troops recently built a new 200 ft bridge over the river on their side of the Line of Actual Control   
  • India says 20 soldiers were killed when troops fought with clubs and fists at 14,000 feet in the Himalaya

 

India mobilised fighter jets on Saturday after tensions with China cranked up regarding the ongoing bitter dispute over the Galwan Valley on the Himalayan border.

Videos circulating across the internet show footage of Indian fighter gets taking to the skies, in the aftermath of China laying claim to the entire valley area into which the country has now moved bulldozers.

Bloody violence erupted earlier in the week as troops from both nations fought in a deadly midnight battle in a display of Medieval-style brutality by using spiked clubs and rocks as weapons.

The midnight brawl in part of the disputed Ladakh region along the Himalayan frontier was the deadliest in 45 years. Some 63 soldiers are thought to have been killed.

Both sides claim ownership of the region and have troops stations on either side of the so-called Line of Actual Control (LAC), the defacto border between the two nations.

The latest action comes after it was revealed China appears to have sent bulldozers to divert the course of a river near the disputed border where soldiers fought at 14,000 feet on Monday, satellite images suggest.

India blamed China for instigating the fight by developing infrastructure in the valley, which it said was a breach of the agreement regarding the disputed land.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a statement that ‘the Galwan Valley is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in the west section of the China-India boundary’.

He blamed incursions by Indian troops in the area from early May for a midnight clash on Monday that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. China has not said whether its side suffered any casualties, but reports have suggested the number of casualties could be as high as 43.

This is the Galwan valley where the brawl between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place. The unofficial border between the two countries runs through the middle of the photo on the dotted red line. The Chinese bulldozers appear to have been diverting the river on the right of the photo, on their side of the border. The Indians have built a bridge over the river downstream on the left of the picture

This is the Galwan valley where the brawl between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place. The unofficial border between the two countries runs through the middle of the photo on the dotted red line. The Chinese bulldozers appear to have been diverting the river on the right of the photo, on their side of the border. The Indians have built a bridge over the river downstream on the left of the picture

 

Sandeep Kaur (center) and her brother Prabhjot Singh (second right) react after laying the wreaths of flowers on the coffin of their father and soldier Satnam Singh who was was killed in a recent clash with Chinese forces in the Galwan valley area, during the cremation ceremony at Bhojraj village near Gurdaspur on Thursday, June 19

 

Sandeep Kaur (center) and her brother Prabhjot Singh (second right) react after laying the wreaths of flowers on the coffin of their father and soldier Satnam Singh who was was killed in a recent clash with Chinese forces in the Galwan valley area, during the cremation ceremony at Bhojraj village near Gurdaspur on Thursday, June 19

 

Indian army convoy moves along the national Highway leading towards Ladakh. India and China held talks again on Thursday, 18 June to cool down the situation in the area where violent clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place on Monday night

 

Indian army convoy moves along the national Highway leading towards Ladakh. India and China held talks again on Thursday, 18 June to cool down the situation in the area where violent clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers took place on Monday night

 

Sticks with nails embedded on them were used to attack the Indian soldiers in LadakhIn the worst clash between Indian and Chinese troops in over five decades. The 16 Bihar Regiment, led by Col Santosh Babu, that took on the Chinese army on the narrow ridge in Galwan Valley were pelted with stones and beat up with clubs covered in nails

 

Sticks with nails embedded on them were used to attack the Indian soldiers in LadakhIn the worst clash between Indian and Chinese troops in over five decades. The 16 Bihar Regiment, led by Col Santosh Babu, that took on the Chinese army on the narrow ridge in Galwan Valley were pelted with stones and beat up with clubs covered in nails

 

A panoramic view of Pangong Lake in Ladakh Valley on September 13, 2018. The valley falls within a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control - the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce

 

A panoramic view of Pangong Lake in Ladakh Valley on September 13, 2018. The valley falls within a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control – the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce

 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (pictured) said in a statement that 'the Galwan Valley is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in the west section of the China-India boundary'. He blamed incursions by Indian troops in the area from early May for a midnight clash on Monday that left 20 Indian soldiers dead

 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian (pictured) said in a statement that ‘the Galwan Valley is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in the west section of the China-India boundary’. He blamed incursions by Indian troops in the area from early May for a midnight clash on Monday that left 20 Indian soldiers dead

 

The midnight brawl in part of the disputed Ladakh region along the Himalayan frontier was the deadliest in 45 years as 63 soldiers are thought to have been killed. Pictured, Indian border security forced keeping vigil from a military bunker along the Srinagar-Leh National highway on Wednesday, June 17

 

The midnight brawl in part of the disputed Ladakh region along the Himalayan frontier was the deadliest in 45 years as 63 soldiers are thought to have been killed. Pictured, Indian border security forced keeping vigil from a military bunker along the Srinagar-Leh National highway on Wednesday, June 17

 

Soldiers brawled with clubs, rocks and their fists in the thin air at 14,000 feet above sea level but no shots were fired, Indian officials have said. The soldiers carry firearms but are not allowed to use them under a previous agreement in the border dispute.

Indian security officials have said the deaths were caused by severe injuries and exposure to sub-freezing temperatures.

The valley falls within a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control – the border established following a war between India and China in 1962 that resulted in an uneasy truce.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Anurag Srivastava declined to comment on China’s claim to the valley. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a meeting with political opposition leaders on Friday that ‘neither anyone has intruded into our territory, nor took over any post’.

Mr Modi said India was ‘hurt and angry’ about the deaths of its troops. He said India wanted peace and friendship, but had the ‘capability that no one can even dare look towards an inch of our land’.

It comes after it was revealed China has sent bulldozers to divert the course of a river near the disputed border where soldiers fought at 14,000 feet on Monday, satellite images suggest. India blamed China for instigating the fight by developing infrastructure in the valley, which it said was a breach of the agreement regarding the disputed land. Pictured, Chinese paramilitary police officers march at an embassies area in Beijing, China on Thursday

 

It comes after it was revealed China has sent bulldozers to divert the course of a river near the disputed border where soldiers fought at 14,000 feet on Monday, satellite images suggest. India blamed China for instigating the fight by developing infrastructure in the valley, which it said was a breach of the agreement regarding the disputed land. Pictured, Chinese paramilitary police officers march at an embassies area in Beijing, China on Thursday

 

On Monday soldiers brawled with clubs, rocks and their fists in the thin air at 14,000 feet above sea level but no shots were fired, Indian officials have said. The soldiers carry firearms but are not allowed to use them under a previous agreement in the border dispute. Pictured, India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint along a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir's Ganderbal district on Wednesday, June 17

 

On Monday soldiers brawled with clubs, rocks and their fists in the thin air at 14,000 feet above sea level but no shots were fired, Indian officials have said. The soldiers carry firearms but are not allowed to use them under a previous agreement in the border dispute. Pictured, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint along a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday, June 17

 

At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed and at least 43 Chinese men were wounded or killed on Monday night along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a disputed border in the Himlayas (the red territory is controlled by India, and the beige and grey stripes, Aksai Chin, is Chinese but claimed by India, the white line which surrounds is what Indian believes its border should be, whereas the black line was agreed after then 1962 Sino-Indian War - a heavy defeat for India)

 

At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed and at least 43 Chinese men were wounded or killed on Monday night along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a disputed border in the Himlayas (the red territory is controlled by India, and the beige and grey stripes, Aksai Chin, is Chinese but claimed by India, the white line which surrounds is what Indian believes its border should be, whereas the black line was agreed after then 1962 Sino-Indian War – a heavy defeat for India)

 

Also on Friday, Mr Zhao said that China was not holding any Indian soldiers, without addressing media reports that China released 10 of them late on Thursday.

‘My information is that at present there are no Indian personnel detained on the Chinese side,’ Zhao said, according to an English version of his daily briefing posted on the ministry website.

Indian officials have denied that any soldiers were in Chinese custody. 

Meanwhile satellite images appear to show China deploying new machinery and damming a river in the Himalayan mountainside where tensions boiled over into the worst violence on the border since 1967.

The machinery was sighted on Tuesday, having not been there a week before – and Indian media suggests the Chinese troops involved in Monday’s clash might have ‘surged’ from these positions.

One US-based expert said China appeared to be blocking the river which crosses the Line of Actual Control, a move which would frustrate Indian troops who have just built a new 200ft bridge on their side.

India says 20 soldiers were killed in what it claimed was a pre-meditated attack near the line which separates the world’s two most populous countries.

China blames Indian soldiers for provoking the conflict, which is thought to have left around 45 Chinese soldiers dead or injured. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took India’s side last night, offering his ‘deepest condolences to the people of India for the lives lost’.

This satellite image shows 'bulldozers' blocking the flow of a river in the Galwan Valley close to where Indian and Chinese soldiers had a deadly clash on Monday night

 

This satellite image shows ‘bulldozers’ blocking the flow of a river in the Galwan Valley close to where Indian and Chinese soldiers had a deadly clash on Monday night

 

The images appear to show China bringing in pieces of machinery and cutting a trail in the Himalayan mountainside in the last 10 days

 

The images appear to show China bringing in pieces of machinery and cutting a trail in the Himalayan mountainside in the last 10 days

 

Indian media described this as a Chinese 'motorcade' and one expert said China appeared to be 'constructing roads in the valley and possibly damming the river' for unknown purposes

 

Indian media described this as a Chinese ‘motorcade’ and one expert said China appeared to be ‘constructing roads in the valley and possibly damming the river’ for unknown purposes

 

A satellite image from Google Earth of the Galwan Valley. No military forces are visible in this earlier image

 

A satellite image from Google Earth of the Galwan Valley. No military forces are visible in this earlier image

The satellite pictures, taken by Earth-imaging company Planet Labs, show signs of altering the landscape of the valley through widening tracks, moving earth and making river crossings, one expert said.

‘Looking at it in Planet, it looks like China is constructing roads in the valley and possibly damming the river,’ Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

‘There are a ton of vehicles on both sides – although there appear to be vastly more on the Chinese side. I count 30-40 Indian vehicles and well over 100 vehicles on the Chinese side.’

The images also show machinery along the mountains and in the Galwan River.

According to the Hindustan Times, India has just finished building a 200ft strategic bridge over the river which allows for ‘rapid military mobilisation’ – but rerouting the river could make the bridge pointless.

‘We did not pause work on this bridge through the stand-off and kept working despite the violent face-off on June 15,’ a senior army officer was quoted as saying.

Indian broadcaster NDTV said the Chinese build-up also included ‘pre-fabricated huts for accommodation’ and a Chinese ‘motorcade’ near the site of the clash.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said he was unaware of the specifics on the ground but claimed that the Indian army had crossed into Chinese territory in several places in recent days.

Soldiers have been facing off on the border in the barren, uninhabited mountains since early May amid claims of intrusion on either side.

Under an old agreement between the two nuclear-armed powers, no shots are fired at the border, but there have been sporadic fisticuffs in recent years.

An Indian army convoy driving on a highway leading towards the Chinese border today, four days after the deadly clash in the Himalayas which saw the worst violence on the border since 196

 

An Indian army convoy driving on a highway leading towards the Chinese border yesterday, four days after the deadly clash in the Himalayas which saw the worst violence on the border since 1967

 

An Indian army soldier looks towards an Indian fighter plane from a convoy of trucks making their way towards Leh, a town in the Indian-controlled area of Ladakh

An Indian army soldier looks towards an Indian fighter plane from a convoy of trucks making their way towards Leh, a town in the Indian-controlled area of Ladakh

 

Members of Narendra Modi's BJP party burn images of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and throw away Chinese products during a demonstration in Mumbai yesterday

Members of Narendra Modi’s BJP party burn images of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and throw away Chinese products during a demonstration in Mumbai yesterday

People carry the coffin of Satnam Singh, an Indian soldier killed in the border clash, during his funeral in Gurdaspur on Thursday

 

People carry the coffin of Satnam Singh, an Indian soldier killed in the border clash, during his funeral in Gurdaspur on Thursday

On Thursday Beijing released 10 Indian soldiers who were seized in Monday’s clash, ahead of fresh talks to ease tensions. India’s army said there were no remaining soldiers ‘missing in action’ after the troops were freed.

India says the dispute was triggered by a row over two Chinese tents and observation towers allegedly built on the wrong side of the line.

China had sought to erect a ‘structure’ on India’s side even after military officials had reached an agreement on June 6 to de-escalate, Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar claimed on Wednesday.

Indian colonel Santosh Babu was one of those killed in the hours-long brawl, which is thought to have involved up to 900 soldiers.

Emotions were high in the southern city of Hyderabad, where thousands watched the colonel’s funeral procession on Thursday.

Post-mortems showed that the ‘primary reason for death is drowning and it looks like they fell from a height into the water because of head injuries,’ one Indian official said.

The clash has fanned growing anti-Chinese sentiments in India, which were already high because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian PM Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that ‘there should be no doubt that India wants peace, but if provoked, India will provide an appropriate response’.

An Indian fighter plane flew on the Indian side of the border yesterday - with India's prime minister Narendra Modi facing demands for tough action from the opposition and media

 

An Indian fighter plane flew on the Indian side of the border yesterday – with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi facing demands for tough action from the opposition and media

 

Indian military vehicles drove towards Leh yesterday following an outbreak of violence on the border and signs that China has been literally altering the landscape of the region

 

Indian military vehicles drove towards Leh yesterday following an outbreak of violence on the border and signs that China has been literally altering the landscape of the region

 

An Indian convoy drove on the mountainside yesterday following the violence which broke out in the disputed area this week

 

An Indian convoy drove on the mountainside yesterday following the violence which broke out in the disputed area this week

 

Nationalist Modi was elected to a second term following a campaign focused on national security after spiraling tensions with old enemy Pakistan.

Tension with China, whose economy is five times bigger than India’s and which spends three times as much on its military, has become Modi’s most serious foreign policy challenge since he took power in 2014.

He is now facing pressure to respond aggressively with the opposition and media demanding that India ‘push back’ against China.

‘There is a lot of pressure on the Indian side, the emotions are high among the public,’ defence analyst Rahul Bedi said.

‘It remains to be seen whether India will sit down at the negotiating table with China and say it will like to change these agreements to make them a little more aggressive or offensive in nature,’ he said.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao rejected the Indian version of the events leading up to the clash. ‘The rights and wrongs of this incident are very clear. The responsibility does not lie with China,’ he said.

China rejects the allegation of intrusion and has asked India not to build roads in the area, claiming it to be its territory.

Unlike in India, the incident did not receive wall-to-wall coverage in China, where official media reported a statement on the incident from the Chinese army’s Western Command.

Indian activists burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest in war memorial near Dharamsala on Friday

 

Indian activists burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest in war memorial near Dharamsala on Friday

 

Tibetan and Indian activists hold a banner declaring 'Boycott China' at McLeod Ganj, near Dharamsala, India, on Friday

 

Tibetan and Indian activists hold a banner declaring ‘Boycott China’ at McLeod Ganj, near Dharamsala, India, on Friday

Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards the Chinese border on Wednesday following the worst clash on the disputed Line of Actual Control since 1967

Indian Border Security Force soldiers guard a highway leading towards the Chinese border on Wednesday following the worst clash on the disputed Line of Actual Control since 1967  (Click to Source)

 

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China keeps making itself look worse as coronavirus pandemic continues to spread

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by: Isabelle Z.

(Natural News) China likes to talk about what a great superpower they are, but they just keep making themselves look desperate and dishonest as they make misstep after misstep in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

When coronavirus was peaking in France in recent weeks, China could have offered support as the death toll and economic losses mounted – especially considering the role they played in unleashing this deadly virus on the planet.

Instead, however, they decided it was the right moment to launch an attack on the country. Hurt by comments French officials made about their mishandling of the virus’s outbreak, the Chinese embassy posted a message on its website implying France abandoned residents of nursing homes and left them to die from the disease and starvation.

In response, Paris summoned the Chinese ambassador and made their disapproval clear. Undeterred, Beijing then warned France that they would be damaging ties between their countries if they didn’t cancel a contract that would supply new equipment for French-made Lafayette frigates that were sold to Taiwan nearly three decades ago.

France responded to this by saying they were merely fulfilling contractual obligations and that everyone’s current focus should be on fighting the global coronavirus pandemic.

And just in case the message wasn’t clear, the Senior Adviser for Europe for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Francois Heisbourg, who has worked for the French defense and foreign ministries said: “The French went out of their way, sent a public communique saying, ‘Yes, we are sending this stuff to Taiwan in the framework of our contract with that country.’ To make sure that the Chinese were getting our meaning, we actually went out of our way to piss them off.”

Missed opportunities

China had a chance to share its expertise and equipment with the world given the head start they got in dealing with the pandemic, and they could have done wonders for their public image had they acted in a respectable way.

China has a very high opinion of itself, and the huge part it plays in supply chains around the world has indeed given them power. But even when they did try to save some face in this situation, like when they pledged to send some medical equipment to places like Italy, Greece, Spain and France, some of the equipment ended up being subpar if not downright faulty. Many people in the U.S. and other countries have expressed a desire to see their nations reduce their reliance on Chinese goods.

Nanjing University Institute of International Relations Dean Zhu Reng said that China’s coronavirus diplomacy hasn’t done too well, and this is due in no small part to a political system there where different branches would rather curry favor with top leaders than report factual situations. Zhu feels that a modest approach would do far better than their “you should thank China” attitude and capitalizing on the situation to expand their global influence.

China didn’t do much to help its reputation when it colluded with the World Health Organization to keep the coronavirus outbreak under wraps in the early days.

According to a report from the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom to delay the global warning about the COVID-19 threat in January. The report cites sources from German’s intelligence services who say that the Chinese leader wanted information about human-to-human transmission held back. The agency estimates that this move “lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide.”

China had a chance to improve its image – at least to some degree – at several points despite the role they played in the start of this pandemic, but instead they chose to act with arrogance and deception. (Click to Source)

Sources for this article include:

?Bloomberg.com

France24.com

DailyMail.co.uk

 

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India-China Tensions: Betting on a Quick Return to Status Quo Ante Would Be Hazardous

The dispute could actually be the harbinger of a new and nervous era, a geopolitical side-effect of the terrible COVID-19 pandemic which is racking the world.

Manoj Joshi – 15 HOURS AGO

There should be no surprise at the insipid Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement on the India-China border issue. It tells us what we already know 1) a meeting was held between the Corps Commanders of India and China on June 6 and 2) the two sides were maintaining their military and diplomatic engagement to peacefully resolve the situation.

There is no word on whether there has been any kind of disengagement, or even a commitment towards one in all, or any one of the problem areas—Galwan, Gogra or Pangong Tso. We may, in the coming months, be able to persuade the Chinese to thin their deployments near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), but betting on a quick return to the status quo ante would be hazardous.

A new and nervous era

A lot of the commentary we have seen on the Sino-Indian contretemps on the LAC has been about history, geopolitics and cartography. It could actually be the harbinger of a new and nervous era, a geopolitical side-effect of the terrible COVID-19 pandemic which is racking the world.

Instead of following the rational path of uniting to fight a common public health calamity, as we have done in the case of polio, HIV, small pox and so on, this time, geopolitical nerve points are being deliberately inflamed.

The US seems to be moving from trade war to decoupling and has successfully persuaded its old allies, Australia and the UK, to once again march to its drumbeat. Japan, which was on the verge of an entente with China earlier this year, seems to have drawn back. And China which is never too comfortable with disorderly things, is like a blindfolded person, hitting out in all directions with the belief it is protecting itself.

And then there is India. As usual, after the “masterstroke” that was the lockdown, the Narendra Modi government is trying to cope with its consequences. And as it appears unable to do so, it a) throws the issue back to the states, after having ridden roughshod over them in the first place and b) simply declares victory, even as people are starting to die across the country in ever larger numbers from a pandemic multiplied by the original “masterstroke” without any supporting plan to exploit its advantages.

So what has happened on the border? First and foremost, the LAC is something of a ghost line. It’s not delimited on any map, leave alone marked on the ground by a fence or boundary pillars. Whether this side of a nullah or a ridge is Chinese territory, or that, is a matter of perception and, when push comes to shove, physical possession.

So, whether it is in Galwan or in the Pangong Tso Finger 4-Finger 8 area, the system worked when both sides observed the rules of the game, worked out laboriously through a regime of Confidence Building Measures – the 1993 Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement, the 1996 Military CBM agreement, the 2005 Protocol on CBM implementation along the LAC, and the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement of 2013.

Now, one of the parties seems to be suggesting that new rules be worked out. It is true that China has, for the past decade, trying to get India to freeze its border infrastructure construction. It is also true that India has, instead rightly accelerated the process since it was badly placed in terms of infrastructure along the LAC, as compared to the Chinese. Because of this, curiously, it maintained a stronger forward presence along the LAC than the Chinese did. And some of this is clearly making the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) nervous. Whether it was the COVID-19 outbreak, or something else, it has decided to act now.

A warning from 2017

But we should have heeded the warning from 2017 that was contained in an article in the South China Morning Post in the wake of the Doklam crisis, written by Senior Colonel Zhu Bo, a familiar figure in the Chinese information war circuit and an honorary fellow in the PLA Academy of Military Sciences. According to Zhu, India would be the net loser of the crisis because “the disputed border was not on China’s strategic radar” till the Doklam standoff. The PLA had since reconsidered its assessment of the strategic importance of the Sino-Indian border and would begin to upgrade its military capabilities there. And that is what has happened.

Till Doklam, China had a relaxed posture, keeping just five PLA brigades in Tibet with a capacity to reinforce them to 30 divisions. Its Air Force lacked adequate bases, and even where the PLAF operated, the bases lacked bomb-proof shelters for parking combat aircraft. But things have changed in the last three years. The PLA is being equipped with newer weapons and more cantonments have come up to house them permanently. And so have bomb-proof facilities for fighters, at least in the main base at Lhasa’s Gonggar airfield.

All this has, of course, been happening in recent years, but now we are seeing a new nervous tic that COVID-19 may have given to the global body politic. It could be signalling hard times ahead. (Click to Source)

Manoj Joshi is a distinguished fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

 

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‘Back off, India,’ China is itching for war with India, but India is not backing off

There could be a small-scale war between India and China

by Akshay Narang – 26 May 2020

Face-offs between the Indian Army and China’s PLA troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh have now taken the shape of a tense eyeball-to-eyeball standoff situation.

Comparisons are being made with the Doklam stand-off in 2017, but a careful analysis reveals that the situation here is more serious than the 2017 stand-off. The ongoing tensions in eastern Ladakh could see China and India get involved in a swift, limited theatre armed conflict- one that might be the biggest of all armed confrontations between the two Asian neighbours since the 1967 Nathu La battle.

The reasons for considering the ongoing tensions as more serious than the Doklam stand-off are many. First of all, the recent reports suggest that the stand-off is not limited to one particular spot unlike the 2017 stand-off. According to the Indian Express, the People’s Liberation Army has intruded across three places in the Galwan river area in Ladakh. At each of these three points, 800-1000 Chinese soldiers are said to have crossed into India’s side of the LAC, the effective Sino-India border.

On the other hand, the troops of the two countries are also locked in a tense situation at the Pangong Tso lake, almost 200 kilometres South of the Galwan valley area. This gives an idea of the broad range of eastern Ladakh which is currently mired in tensions.

The Chinese intrusion itself is unprecedented because the LAC in Galwan valley corresponds to China’s official claim line. Therefore, the Chinese troops are intruding into the Indian territory even as per Beijing’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Secondly, the face-offs here are more intense than they were in Doklam before the 73-day stand-off situation developed in 2017. Sources told ANI, “The behaviour of the Chinese has been like the Pakistan-backed stone-pelters who use stones and sticks to target Indian security forces in the Kashmir valley. The Chinese troops came armed with sticks, clubs with barbed wires and stones in an area near the Pangong Tso lake during a face-off with Indian troops there.”

Sources also hint larger numbers during the face-off as the Chinese troops arrived like “locust swarms”. An India Today report has revealed satellite images which show tents, trucks and earth-moving machinery in the Galwan river valley. 

Thirdly, the local border mechanisms have failed to defuse tensions that creates a peculiar situation. According to sources, several rounds of “hotline talks” and Brigadier-level negotiations have taken place but there are no signs of disengagement yet.

And it is safe to say that tensions are not getting defused because the stakes are high- Beijing’s growing concerns over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gilgit-Baltistan have set the tone for increased Chinese activity in Ladakh.

CPEC is too big a project for China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as it helps Beijing reach the Gwadar port in Pakistan. This holds strategic importance for the Dragon as it helps it to bypass the Strait of Malacca- the main shipping lane between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean which is currently dominated by the United States.

China’s concerns are fuelled by India’s growing ambitions and assertiveness in the region. Aksai Chin and Gilgit-Baltistan both of which happen to be Indian territories occupied by China and Pakistan respectively happen to be de jure Indian territories.

Beijing raised the issue of Article 370 abrogation at the UNSC three times at Pakistan’s behest. But what Beijing is also worried about is the emboldened character of India, wherein New Delhi is vocal about its legitimate claims on Aksai Chin and Gilgit-Baltistan. India has been claiming its territory in a far more assertive manner post-Article 370 abrogation. If India succeeds, China would lose the CPEC which Beijing expressly agrees to be a pivotal part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

At the ground level, the PLA sees red in some solid road infrastructure that India has built near the LAC. The new roads connect India to the LAC, or in fact run along the alignment of the LAC in these areas.

And then what is happening in Ladakh could be a result of what is happening beyond Ladakh. China is disillusioned by India’s particularly assertive behaviour on international issues concerning China. India has started to take a stand on different issues- signing an EU-drafted document for investigation into the zoonotic origins of the Coronavirus and somewhat tilting in favour of Taiwan’s pro-Independence leadership. To irk the Dragon further, India is also accelerating the exodus of foreign companies from China.

China is trying to warn India against taking such a bold stance through border clashes. But India isn’t backing off, while China cannot afford to disengage- the country got a bloody nose during the Doklam stand-off and the PLA cannot afford another embarrassment.

China wants top-level politico-diplomatic intervention from India’s side, but India is not even a pale shadow of the timid player that it used to be. At the root of the skirmishes is India’s growing ambitions and assertiveness. China wants to cut India to size, while the latter is not backing off. This is why the Ladakh stalemate might not end any time soon, and we might as well witness the biggest short-term armed confrontation since 1967. (Click to Source)

 

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China and India move troops as border tensions escalate

Thousands of Chinese troops reportedly move into sensitive areas along Himalayan frontier

Tensions between China and India over their Himalayan border have escalated, with China accused of moving thousands of troops into disputed territory and expanding a military airbase in the region.

Thousands of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops are reported to have moved into sensitive areas along the eastern Ladakh border, setting up tents and stationing vehicles and heavy machinery in what India considers to be its territory.

In response, the Indian army has moved several battalions from an infantry division usually based in the Ladakh city of Leh to “operational alert areas” along the border, and reinforcement troops have been brought in.

The aggressive military posturing follows two skirmishes between the two sides on 5 and 9 May in the contested areas around Pangong Lake and North Sikkim, in which more than 100 soldiers from both sides were injured.

On Wednesday Donald Trump waded into the heightened standoff, claiming that he had “informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute”.

The high-altitude border has been aggressively contested and heavily militarised since 1962 when China launched an offensive into Indian territory, sparking a short but bloody war.

Ashok K Kantha, a former Indian ambassador to China and now director of the Institute of Chinese Studies based in Delhi, said the recent incursions and border aggressions from China were “far from routine occurrences”.

He said: “This escalation is serious; I don’t think this is just a localised incident. China’s behaviour is more aggressive this time, backed up by a fairly large number of troops, which is not typical of this border where troop levels tend to be low on both sides. It could be a territorial claim or part of a wider messaging to India that they need to be more mindful of China on sensitive geopolitical issues.”

Kantha said it was “in the interest of both India and China to keep the situation under control and maintain relative peace”.

China’s actions appear to be a response to India’s construction of roads and airstrips adjacent to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which will improve connectivity and enable easier mobility for Indian troops in the area. Construction has paused during the coronavirus lockdown but is due to resume imminently.

There have been diplomatic discussions as well as multiple meetings on a local level in an attempt to defuse the tensions.

On Tuesday India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, held a meeting with his national security adviser, Ajit Doval, plus his chief of defence staff and three security chiefs to discuss “bolstering India’s military preparedness to deal with external security challenges”.

According to satellite footage published by the Indian news channel NDTV, there has been large-scale construction work at a Chinese military airbase less than 120 miles from the border in recent weeks, including the building of a new runway suitable for warplanes.

Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the foreign ministry, told reporters in Beijing that the two countries have channels for resolving such issues. “At present, the situation along the border between China and India is generally stable and controllable,” he said.

“China is committed to safeguarding the security of its national territorial sovereignty, as well as safeguarding peace and stability in the China-India border areas,” a Chinese foreign ministry statement said.

In a recent statement, India’s external affairs ministry blamed China for provoking the military escalation. “In fact, it is the Chinese side that has recently undertaken activity hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns,” the statement said. “The Indian side has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.” (Click to Source)

 

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Officials in Northeastern China Sacked as Locals Describe Escalating Virus Outbreak

BY NICOLE HAO – May 17, 2020 Updated: May 17, 2020

Amid an escalating CCP virus outbreak in northeastern China, six local officials have been dismissed for failing to contain the virus.

The latest second wave outbreak first erupted in Shulan, a county-level municipality within Jilin city, Jilin Province.

Locals told The Epoch Times that the outbreak situation was more serious than how authorities portrayed it. They also complained about rising food prices following the outbreak.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. The virus quickly spread to all parts of the country.

After a period in March when local authorities throughout China proclaimed that there were little to no new infections, since April, regions of northeastern China confirmed a second wave outbreak.

Outbreak

The “patient zero” of the Shulan outbreak was diagnosed on May 7. She is a 45-year-old cleaning lady who works at the city’s police bureau.

Since then, the virus quickly spread within Shulan, as well as to districts within Jilin city, and Shenyang, the capital of the neighboring Liaoning Province.

Since May 12, all new infections announced by China’s National Health Commission are related to the outbreak in Shulan and Jilin.

Over the weekend, the Jilin provincial health commission announced five new diagnosed patients, who are from Shulan, as well as the Fengman and Chuanying districts in Jilin city.

On May 17, the commission also announced that one elderly person in Jilin city was diagnosed with COVID-19, but was not counted as a new COVID case because he or she died before the test result was announced.

The test result was announced on May 16, but the person had already died of cardiovascular problems, according to authorities.

Dismissals

Late evening on May 16, Li Pengfei was dismissed from his position as Chinese Communist Party boss of Shulan. Zhang Jinghui, deputy mayor of Jilin city, was named to take his place.

“This new appointment is not in line with convention,” said U.S.-based China affairs commentator Li Linyi.

Li said typically, the Party would promote a lower-ranking official to replace a dismissed one. But in the Shulan case, the Party did not promote the second-in-line, the Shulan mayor, to be the Party boss.

“It shows that the CCP superiors don’t trust that Party leaders in Shulan can control the outbreak,” Li said.

More dismissals were announced by the Jilin provincial government soon after: Liu Shijun, deputy director of the Jilin city health commission; Yue Xiaoyan, director of Shulan health bureau; Geng Jianjun, deputy Party boss of Shulan police bureau; Liu Hanyin, director of the Shulan center for disease control and prevention (CDC); and Xu Zibiao, director of the Fengman district CDC.

Hours prior to the announcement, Jilin city ordered all of the city’s private-run clinics and outpatient departments to shut down. All who need to visit a doctor must register at state-run hospitals instead.

By launching this regulation, anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms can only visit state-run hospitals.

Locals

Locals told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that there were more infections in Jilin than officially announced. They heard of people who were diagnosed as asymptomatic carriers, but were not counted into authorities’ tallies.

Several gave more details about confirmed patients that Shulan authorities announced. They include four police officers; one staff working at the Shulan government; one receptionist at the Shulan People’s Hospital; and one high school teacher.

Mr. Peng, a resident of Jilin city, also described the current state of panic: “People are crazily shopping for food and medicines… Prices have increased dramatically.”

Peng said some vegetables were triple, even five times, the price prior to the outbreak. Wheat flour prices increased by more than 10 percent in the past week.

Shulan residents previously told The Epoch Times on May 13 that the Shulan police bureau was closed due to several police officers being diagnosed with COVID-19.

A police officer’s wife told The Epoch Times: “All the diagnosed patients [at Shulan police bureau] are in mild condition, but we are in a panic because the virus spreads so quickly.”

Mr. Li lives at the Sihe Tianyuan residential compound in Fengman district, Jilin city, where he said several residents were diagnosed with the virus.

He said one such resident was Mr. Hao, a driver who recently returned from Shulan and had dinners with relatives and friends in Fengman district.

Hao transmitted the virus to his uncle and 23-year-old cousin, according to Li. The cousin works at the high-speed train vehicle maintenance department in Shenyang, the nearby capital of Liaoning Province. The cousin went back to Shenyang and spread the virus to more people.

Shenyang resident Mr. Li (unrelated to above-mentioned) told The Epoch Times that the Shenyang 463 Hospital, an air-force-operated hospital, was closed down due to a cluster outbreak.

“The whole hospital is locked down. Both people and vehicles are banned from entering or leaving the hospital. It [local authorities] said that one was infected inside, but you don’t know the real situation. You don’t know how many people died of the virus already,” Li added.

Locals also complained that authorities charged very high fees for those who are mandated to self-quarantine at hotel-modified quarantine centers in Shenyang, ranging from 6,860 yuan to 8,286 yuan (about $966 to $1,167) for the duration of 14 days. (Click to Source)

 

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‘I’ve seen better seals on my fridge!’ Shocking photos from inside Wuhan lab show broken seal on unit which stores 1,500 virus strains – including the bat coronavirus behind the deadly pandemic

  • Worrying photos have emerged from inside a Wuhan laboratory this week 
  • Pictures show a broken seal on the door of one of the refrigerators 
  • The fridge holds 1,500 different strains of virus including coronavirus samples
  • The images were originally published on Twitter in March, before being deleted
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

It is a rare glimpse inside the Chinese laboratory at the centre of mounting inter-national suspicion about the Covid-19 pandemic – and will do nothing to dispel fears that it was caused by a catastrophic leak which has been covered up by Beijing.

Pictures from inside Wuhan’s secretive Institute of Virology show a broken seal on the door of one of the refrigerators used to hold 1,500 different strains of virus – including the bat coronavirus which has jumped to humans with such devastating effect.

The pictures, first released by the state-owned China Daily newspaper in 2018, were published on Twitter last month, before being deleted. One comment attached read: ‘I have seen better seals on my refrigerator in my kitchen.’

The Mail on Sunday revealed a fortnight ago that Ministers now fear that the pandemic could have started as the result of a leak.

The pictures, first released by the state-owned China Daily newspaper in 2018, were published on Twitter last month, before being deleted

 

The pictures, first released by the state-owned China Daily newspaper in 2018, were published on Twitter last month, before being deleted

 

Last week, this newspaper also disclosed that the institute had undertaken corona-virus experiments on bats captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan, funded by a $3.7 million grant from the US government.

Sequencing of the Covid-19 genome has traced it to the bats found only in those caves.

Our revelations led to Donald Trump being quizzed at a press conference last week about the leak theory, to which the President replied: ‘We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation.’

Twitter was immediately awash with criticisms regarding the apparent lack of safety measures

 

Health officials say China cannot let coronavirus guard down

Mr Trump also pledged on Friday evening to scrap Us funding for the Wuhan institute.

Meanwhile, Us secretary of state Mike Pompeo has demanded that Beijing ‘come clean’ over whether the virus had leaked from the lab. He said: ‘There is still lots to learn.

The US government is work-ing diligently to figure it out.’

He added that one of the best ways that China could find to co-operate would be to ‘let the world in and let the world’s scientists know exactly how this came to be, exactly how this virus began to spread’.

Suspicions of a Chinese cover-up increased further after the Washington Post reported that US diplomats in Beijing had written cables about the Wuhan laboratory in 2018, warning the state Department that ‘the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARs-like pandemic’.

US intelligence sources say that shortly after the coronavirus outbreak began, officials at the lab destroyed samples of the virus, erased early reports and sup-pressed academic papers – and then tried to pin the blame on Wuhan’s wet market, where wild animals are sold for consumption.

The sources believe that ‘Patient Zero’ was an intern at the lab, who spread the virus into the local population after infecting her boyfriend.

One source described it as ‘the costliest government cover-up of all time’.

After initially accepting the wet market theory, intelligence officials in the US, Britain and Canada are increasingly focusing on the Wuhan institute, not least because of the level of coincidence required for the bats in Yunnan to have infected animals in Wuhan, which then passed it on to humans.

Following a video meeting of the G7 nations on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron said: ‘There are clearly things that have happened that we don’t know about.’

The World Health Organisation, which faces allegations of complicity with Beijing over the pandemic, quickly accepted and propagated the wildlife market theory.

Although British Government sources say that the evidence suggests that the virus was ‘zoonotic’ – originating from an animal – that is still compatible with the theory that it first passed to humans as a result of an accident by scientists studying it in a laboratory.

However, one political source said that there was ‘growing scientific curiosity’ over the symptoms of a marked loss of taste and smell in many victims of Covid-19.

‘This might – only might – indicate a level of human interference,’ the source said.

Beijing insists that the fact that the country’s primary virology institute is based in the city at the centre of the outbreak is just a coincidence, dismissing links to the laboratory as ‘baseless conspiracy theories’.

In a letter to The Mail on Sunday, a Chinese Embassy spokeswoman says: ‘There has never been any cover-up, nor was a cover-up ever allowed to happen.

The relatively low Covid-19 death toll in China proves that the containment measures are effective. strict lockdown measures have effectively slowed down the spread of the virus and minimised the cases of infection. (Click to Source)

 

 

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Coronavirus: WHO Director Has a Long History of Cover-Ups

by Soeren Kern

  • “WHO officials have complained privately that Ethiopian officials are not telling the truth about these outbreaks. Testing for Vibrio cholerae bacteria, which cause cholera, is simple and takes less than two days…. United Nations officials said more aid could have been delivered to Ethiopia had the truth been told.” — The New York Times, May 13, 2017.
  • Tedros dismissed the accusations against him by playing the race card. He said that criticism of him stemmed from a “typical colonial mind-set aimed at… discrediting a candidate from a developing country.” — The New York Times, May 13, 2017.
  • “By yielding to the Khartoum’s regime’s threat, you are complicit in the failure to respond to a disease that currently threatens many hundreds of thousands of Sudanese civilians — and is currently active in twelve Sudanese states.” — Open letter to Tedros from a group of American physicians accusing him of failing to investigate outbreaks of cholera in Sudan, September 11, 2017.
  • A day after U.S. President Donald Trump accused the WHO of being “very China-centric,” and threatened to cut funding to WHO, Tedros responded: “Please quarantine politicizing COVID. We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave.” Tedros also said that criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was motivated by racism.

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is facing increased scrutiny over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than two million people around the world and killed at least 150,000.

Adhanom, who goes by the name Tedros, is an Ethiopian microbiologist who, with the help of China, began a five-year term as head of the WHO in July 2017. He has been accused of misrepresenting the severity and spread of the coronavirus in an attempt to pander to China.

The historical record shows that Tedros, the first African and the first non-physician to lead the WHO, has a long history of covering up epidemics and human rights abuses in Ethiopia, where he served as the minister of health and minister of foreign affairs.

In May 2017, when Tedros emerged as the top candidate in a three-way race to lead the WHO, the New York Times reported accusations that Tedros covered up three cholera epidemics in Ethiopia when he was the country’s health minister between 2005 and 2012.

Tedros claimed that cholera outbreaks occurring in 2006, 2009 and 2011 were only “acute watery diarrhea” — an infectious disease known in the rest of the world as cholera. He said that the outbreaks were limited to remote areas of the country where laboratory testing was “difficult” and that international concerns were overblown. The epidemics eventually reached neighboring countries including Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. The New York Times explained:

“WHO officials have complained privately that Ethiopian officials are not telling the truth about these outbreaks. Testing for Vibrio cholerae bacteria, which cause cholera, is simple and takes less than two days.

“During earlier outbreaks, various news organizations, including The Guardian and The Washington Post, reported that unnamed Ethiopian officials were pressuring aid agencies to avoid using the word ‘cholera’ and not to report the number of people affected.

“But cholera bacteria were found in stool samples tested by outside experts. As soon as severe diarrhea began appearing in neighboring countries, the cause was identified as cholera.

“United Nations officials said more aid could have been delivered to Ethiopia had the truth been told.”

The director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Lawrence O. Gostin, said that he called attention to Ethiopia’s long history of denying cholera outbreaks because he believed the WHO “might lose its legitimacy” if it is run by a representative of a country that itself covers up epidemics.

“Dr. Tedros is a compassionate and highly competent public health official,” Gostin told the New York Times. “But he had a duty to speak truth to power and to honestly identify and report verified cholera outbreaks over an extended period.”

Tedros dismissed the accusations against him by playing the race card. He said that criticism of him stemmed from a “typical colonial mind-set aimed at… discrediting a candidate from a developing country.”

The Guardian reported that the Ethiopian government has been reluctant to acknowledge the cholera outbreaks “for fear of damaging the economy.” The Washington Post explained that Ethiopian authorities have a propensity for refusing to call bad news by its real name:

“Acute watery diarrhea [AWD] is a potentially fatal condition caused by water infected with the Vibrio cholera bacterium. Everywhere else in the world it is simply called cholera.

“But not in Ethiopia, where international humanitarian organizations privately admit that they are only allowed to call it AWD and are not permitted to publish the number of people affected.

“The government is apparently concerned about the international impact if news of a significant cholera outbreak were to get out, even though the disease is not unusual in East Africa.

“This means that, hypothetically, when refugees from South Sudan with cholera flee across the border into Ethiopia, they suddenly have AWD instead.”

In a similar manner, when international aid groups in 2016 sounded alarm bells over the lack of rain, Ethiopian authorities, including Tedros, were divided over whether they should call it a drought. The Post reported:

“The narrative for Ethiopia in 2015 was a successful nation with double-digit growth, and the government did not want to bring back memories of the 1980s drought that killed hundreds of thousands and left the country forever associated with famine.

“‘We don’t use the f-word,’ explained an aid worker… referring to famine.”

Similar allegations of cover-up were reported while Tedros was Ethiopia’s foreign minister between 2012 and 2016. In October 2016, for instance, Tedros wrote in a blog post that he opposed efforts by Human Rights Watch to force Ethiopia to accept an international investigation into the way the government responded to anti-government protests.

The protests began in November 2015 due to public anger over the government’s heavy-handedness. They escalated in October 2016, when government security forces fired on a large crowd of festival-goers. The protests, which eventually spread across the country, left hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands detained.

Tedros’s cover-ups continued after he became the director general of the WHO. In September 2017, a group of American physicians, in an open letter addressed to Tedros, accused him of failing to investigate outbreaks of cholera in Sudan:

“The mandate of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) could hardly be clearer; in the words of the Organization: ‘Our primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system. Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.’

“And yet this impressive mandate is daily made a mockery of by WHO’s refusal to refer to the cholera epidemic raging in Sudan by name. Neither your organization nor the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will refer explicitly to the fact that what you continue to call “Acute Watery Diarrhea” is in fact cholera, Vibrio cholera — a fact established by laboratory tests in Sudan….

“To be sure, the Khartoum regime has made clear that it will punish Sudanese journalists and health officials who dare to use the word ‘cholera,’ and no doubt threats have been issued to WHO, demanding that you be complicit in silence about this terrible disease. The regime’s motive is transparently a desire that the ‘reputation’ of Sudan not be compromised by associations the regime perceives would inhere in any accurate designation of a disease that is clearly out of control. But the effect of WHO’s silence is to ensure that Sudan has not received international medical resources necessary to combat cholera — preeminently massive supplies of re-hydration equipment; medical epidemiologists as well as specialists in treating cholera epidemics; and water/sanitation equipment and engineers.

“By yielding to the Khartoum’s regime’s threat, you are complicit in the failure to respond to a disease that currently threatens many hundreds of thousands of Sudanese civilians — and is currently active in twelve Sudanese states….

“Your silence about what is clearly a massive cholera epidemic in Sudan is reprehensible. Your failure to transport stool samples from victims in Sudan to Geneva for official confirmation of cholera makes you fully complicit in the terrible suffering and dying that continues to spread, out of control, with daily new reports confirming that this is indeed a cholera epidemic.

“The inevitable history that will be written of this epidemic will surely cast you in an unforgiving light.”

In October 2017, Tedros appointed the late Robert Mugabe, the authoritarian leader of Zimbabwe, as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Tedros had praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide health care to all.” After global outrage, Tedros rescinded the appointment.

Writing for the Sunday Times, Rebecca Myers wrote:

“Diplomats said [Mugabe’s] appointment was a political payoff from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — the WHO’s first African director-general — to China, a long-time ally of Mugabe, and the 50 or so African states that helped to secure Tedros’s election earlier this year…

“Chinese diplomats had campaigned hard for the Ethiopian, using Beijing’s financial clout and opaque aid budget to build support for him among developing countries.”

Columnist Frida Ghitis, writing for The Washington Post added:

“The WHO director’s decision to honor the dictator is a misjudgment of breathtaking proportions. The stain it has left on the WHO will not be easily cleansed. We must find out what was behind it. If an investigation proves that giving this prestigious appointment to a brutal human rights violator was the result of corruption, Tedros must leave. In fact, Tedros’s tenure should already be regarded as probationary, and his judgment in question….

“Some speculate that Tedros’s decision to appoint Mugabe was a pay-off to China, which worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help Tedros defeat the United Kingdom candidate for the WHO job, David Nabarro. Tedros’s victory was also a victory for Beijing, whose leader Xi Jinping has made public his goal of flexing China’s muscle in the world.”

In July 2018, China Global Television Network (CGTN), a state-owned media outlet, reported that Tedros had met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. It was Tedros’s second visit to China since he took over as the director general of WHO. CGTN stated:

“The Chinese state councilor [Wang Yi] went on to say that healthcare was an important part of global governance and China’s national development strategy. He said Beijing was willing to deepen cooperation with the WHO under a number of initiatives, such as their joint ‘Health Silk Road’ project, various China-Africa health development plans, as well as the organization’s five-year action plan for health, employment and inclusive economic growth.

“Dr. Tedros welcomed Wang’s comments, saying their enhanced cooperation would improve health standards in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.”

As Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros, an executive member of the Marxist-Leninist Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), oversaw a massive expansion of China’s role in Ethiopia. China is Ethiopia’s biggest foreign investor, its largest trading partner and also its largest lender.

Writing for Politico, Simon Marks explained:

“Over the course of the last decade, Ethiopia has become increasingly dependent on Chinese investment.

“The Export-Import Bank of China put up $2.9 billion of the $3.4 billion railway project connecting Ethiopia to Djibouti, providing the landlocked country access to ports. Chinese funds were also instrumental in the construction of Ethiopia’s first six-lane highway — an $800 million project — the metro system, and several skyscrapers dotting Addis Ababa’s skyline.

“Beijing also accounts for nearly half of Ethiopia’s external debt and has lent at least $13.7 billion to Ethiopia between 2000 and 2018, data compiled by John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies shows.”

Ethiopia is now ensnared in a debt trap that leaves the country vulnerable to pressure from Beijing.

On April 15, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced that he will withhold funding to the WHO while his administration reviews the group’s “mismanagement, cover-ups, and failures” related to the pandemic. The United States is the WHO’s largest donor, providing approximately $900 million for the two-year budget cycle of 2018 and 2019.

In a statement, the White House said that the WHO “has longstanding structural issues that must be addressed before the organization can be trusted again.” It added that the WHO was “vulnerable to misinformation and political influence” and that measures were needed to “counter China’s outsized influence on the organization.”

That same day, members of the U.S. Senate demanded that the WHO provide information, records and documents regarding the origins of the coronavirus as part of a larger investigation into the global response to the pandemic.

In a letter to Tedros, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and other Republican Senators requested a sweeping list of materials regarding what they called “WHO’s failed and delayed response to the Coronavirus.”

Meanwhile, an online petition calling for Tedros’s immediate resignation neared one million signatures. The petition, posted on the Change.org website, states: “We strongly think Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not fit for his role as WHO Director General.”

Timeline of WHO’s Efforts to Pander to China

Several media outlets have published timelines of Chinese efforts to conceal the extent of the coronavirus from the rest of the world (hereherehere and here). Following is an abbreviated timeline of Tedros’s complicity with China:

  • December 30. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor, sounded the alarm about a new coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Li sent a message to a group of other doctors warning that seven patients had been quarantined at Wuhan Central Hospital after coming down with a respiratory illness that seemed like the SARS coronavirus. The police in Wuhan subsequently reprimanded and silenced Li, requiring him to sign a letter acknowledging that he was making “false comments.”
  • December 31. Taiwan contacted the WHO after seeing Li’s reports of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in Wuhan, but the WHO kept it from the public.
  • January 1. An employee of a genomics company in Wuhan received a phone call from an official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission, ordering the company to stop testing samples from Wuhan related to the new disease and to destroy all existing samples.
  • January 3. China’s National Health Commission (NHC), the nation’s top health authority, ordered institutions not to publish any information related to the unknown disease, and ordered labs to transfer any samples they had to designated testing institutions, or to destroy them.
  • January 9. China identified the new coronavirus as the cause of a mystery disease in Wuhan.
  • January 14. WHO tweeted: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus.” A day earlier, WHO had reported the first case outside of China — in Thailand.
  • January 20. China confirmed human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus.
  • January 21. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the United States in the state of Washington. The patient had recently returned from Wuhan.
  • January 23. Wuhan, a city of 11 million, was placed in lockdown. China closed all internal transit from Wuhan to other cities in China, but did nothing to stop international flights.
  • January 28. Tedros praised China’s “transparency” regarding the virus.
  • January 30. Tedros visited China and praised the country’s leadership for “setting a new standard for outbreak response.” He also declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
  • January 31. The Trump Administration announced travel restrictions to and from China, effective February 2.
  • February 4. Tedros rebuked President Trump’s travel restrictions, saying that they “can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
  • February 7. Doctor Li Wenliang, the coronavirus whistleblower, died in Wuhan after being infected with the virus. His death sparked an outpouring of grief and anger online in China.
  • February 14. Tedros said that WHO was “seeking clarity on how clinical diagnoses are being made so that other respiratory illnesses, including influenza, are not getting mixed into the COVID-19 data.” He also warned against criticizing China: “This is the time for solidarity, not stigma.”
  • February 28. WHO, in a 40-page report, praised China’s response to COVID-19: “China’s bold approach to contain the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of a rapidly escalating and deadly epidemic.”
  • March 11. Tedros finally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic: “We expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher.”
  • March 18. An executive director of WHO, Mike Ryan, criticized President Trump: “We need to be careful of the language we use lest it lead to profiling. The pandemic flu of 2009 started in North America, and we didn’t call it the North American flu. This is a time to move forward and fight the virus together. Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank.”
  • March 20. Tedros said that Wuhan reported no new cases of coronavirus.
  • March 29. Ai Fen, a Wuhan doctor who was among the first to alert other medics to the spread of coronavirus, disappeared amid concerns that she had been detained by Chinese authorities. Her whereabouts are unknown.
  • April 8. A day after U.S. President Donald Trump accused the WHO of being “very China-centric,” and threatened to cut funding to WHO, Tedros responded: “Please quarantine politicizing COVID. We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave.” Tedros also said that criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was motivated by racism.
  • April 16. A second wave of Covid-19 erupted in the northern Chinese city of Harbin. (Click to Source)

 

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UPDATE: US NIH Awarded Wuhan Lab that Studied Bat Coronavirus a $3.7 Million US Grant — AFTER WARNINGS ABOUT THEIR RISKY TESTS

By Jim Hoft
Published April 14, 2020 at 5:44pm

As early as 2018 US State Department officials warned about safety risks at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab on scientists conducting risky tests with the bat coronavirus.

US officials made several trips to the Wuhan laboratory.

Despite the warnings the US National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan lab studying the bat virus.  This was after State Department warned about the risky tests going on in the lab.

This is unbelievable!

The deadly China coronavirus that started in China sometime in late 2019 has now circled the globe.  Evidence suggests that the coronavirus didn’t come naturally.  We still don’t know whether the deadly virus was leaked intentionally or if it was an accident.
But we do know that the Chinese did attempt to market a cure for the coronavirus to the world in January after the virus began to spread.
According to the report from Wuhan the coronavirus came from either the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention or Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.

These reports linking bats to the coronavirus started making the rounds back in January. A research paper published in the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention determined the source of the coronavirus is a laboratory near the Seafood Market in Wuhan.

On Monday The Gateway Pundit reported that the China coronavirus has connections to former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zemin. For starters, Jiang is the grandfather of Jiang Zhicheng,  who has a controlling interest in WuXi AppTec, which controls Fosun Pharma.

Chart via  Yaacov Apelbaum

And now we know that US officials took several trips to Wuhan and the NIH under Dr. Fauci gave the China Wuhan lab a nearly $4 million grant.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

FOX News reported:

A Chinese laboratory at the center of new theories about how the coronavirus pandemic started was the subject of multiple urgent warnings inside the U.S. State Department two years ago, according to a new report.

U.S. Embassy officials warned in January 2018 about inadequate safety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab and passed on information about scientists conducting risky research on coronavirus from bats, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Those cables have renewed speculation inside the U.S. government about whether Wuhan-based labs were the source of the novel coronavirus, although no firm connection has been established. The theory, however, has gained traction in recent days.

The United Kingdom has said that the idea that the virus, which has turned into a full-blown global pandemic, was leaked from a Wuhan lab is “no longer being discounted.” (Click to Source)

 

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DEPOP TAG-TEAM: Anthony Fauci joins Bill Gates in calling for “digital certificates” of coronavirus immunity

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by: Ethan Huff

(Natural News) In lockstep with Mr. Microsoft (Bill Gates) himself, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) head Dr. Anthony Fauci has signaled that Americans will eventually be able to return back to normal after the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis ends. But this will probably only be the case if they agree to get vaccinated and carry around digital proof of vaccination everywhere they go.

Speaking on CNN‘s “New Day” program, Fauci stated that requiring digital vaccine certificates is a “possible” outcome of the pandemic because “it’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not.”

“This is something that’s being discussed,” he added. “I think it might actually have some merit.”

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican, has similarly proposed that the government create some type of immune registry to keep track of people who are no longer believed to be at risk of infection with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). One possible way to do this is to administer antibody testing, which could potentially indicate whether or not someone has already had the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) and is now recovered and immune to it.

Very soon, Fauci says, there will be a “rather large number” of tests available for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). But a potential problem will be validating them as accurate, seeing as how early Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) tests were wildly inaccurate.

“It’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic, and did not know they were infected,” Fauci admitted. “If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate kind of strategies about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable to get infected.”

Bill Gates and Anthony Fauci want to force the mark of the beast on you in the name of stopping coronavirus

Fauci’s buddy Gates has a similar plan in mind that involves giving people a digital mark of the beast that “approves” them for reentry back into society once they’ve been deemed “safe” following mandatory vaccination for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gates has stated that he would like to see everyone have a “quantum dot tattoo” microchip inserted into their bodies that would not only “clear” them of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), but also function as a digital form of identification (ID2020) that includes the entirety of a person’s medical records.

Even though simple zinc is already proving to be a viable “cure” for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) – no vaccines required – the world’s most outspoken eugenicist at the current time is insistent upon vaccinating the entire globe against this virus in order to keep everyone “safe” from any diseases it might cause.

“The corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has turned an illness no more dangerous than the common flu into a pretext for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous transfer of money from the citizens to the corporate elite,” wrote one Washington Times commenter in response to this news.

“Most people still believe – despite so much evidence to the contrary – that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything – especially about the big things.” (Click to Source)

To keep up with the latest news about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), be sure to check out Pandemic.news.

Sources for this article include:

WashingtonTimes.com

NaturalNews.com

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