Maj Gen Akash Kaushik, Officiating GOC Fire and Fury Corps laid a wreath at Leh War Memorial and paid homage to martyrs who laid down their lives at Galwan on 15 Jun 2020. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Ladakh’s Galwan Valley witnessed violent clashes between China's PLA and the Indian Army on June 15, 2020
  • The clashes left 20 Indian soldiers dead and bilateral relations damaged beyond repair
  • Even after 11 rounds of talks between the two countries in the past year, ties are nowhere near normal

.Beijing, China
China has jailed Qiu Ziming, who is a popular blogger. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Qiu Ziming, the popular Chinese blogger, has been jailed for eight months
  • He is the first person to be jailed under a new provision of China's criminal law
  • Chinese military in February said four soldiers were killed in the Galwan valley clash

Indian and Chinese troops and tanks disengage from the banks of Pangong lake area in Eastern Ladakh. (Photo credit: File/PTI)

  • Reportedly, the Chinese have been coming to these areas for many years
  • A media report also said that the Chinese troops are well within their traditional areas
  • The forces deployed by the Indian side in Ladakh include Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army

.Washington, D.C., DC, USA
China-India border tensions "remain high" despite some force pullbacks this year, the US intelligence community has told Congress. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • Beijing will continue to promote the BRI to expand its economic, political and military presence abroad: Report
  • "China’s occupation since May 2020 of contested border areas is the most serious escalation in decades"
  • China has been expanding military and economic influence in the Indo-Pacific region, triggering concerns

The border standoff between the armies of India and China erupted on May 5 last following a violent clash in the Pangong lake areas. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • India and China held detailed deliberations on disengagement in the remaining areas of eastern Ladakh
  • They agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, avoid any new incidents and resolve the outstanding issues
  • The Corps Commander-level talks took place at the Chushul border point on the Indian side of the LAC

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
According to Colin Kahl, China is the only country in the world that can challenge the United States systematically. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • We will continue to stand by our allies and partners, said Kahl
  • The past decade has seen promising trends in the US-India defence trade
  • The US has enormous opportunities in the Indo-Pacific, he said

.Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
The Chinese influencer faces a prison sentence of up to three years if convicted. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The influencer suggested that China's death toll in the border clash with India was higher than the official tally of four
  • The blogger was charged under a new provision in China's criminal law banning "defamation of martyrs and heroes"
  • He has over 2.5 million followers on the Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo under the name 'Crayon Ball'

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke on phone for over 75 minutes on February 26. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • As the US is formulating a new strategy to increase pressure on China, Beijing has taken some steps to initiate a thaw in its fractured ties with India
  • Disengagement of troops from Pangong Tso was the first step 
  • China followed up with a phone call between the Chinese Foreign Minister and India’s External Affairs Minister 

India and China were in a standoff in eastern Ladakh reportedly since April-May last year.(Photo credit: Representational/PTI)

  • Indian and Chinese troops disenegaged from the Southern and Northern bank of Pangong lake
  • The Indian troops have moved to their depth locations, said Indian Army
  • 10th round of senior commander level talks will be held on Saturday at Chushul-Moldo

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Army trucks move towards LAC eastern Ladakh, amid the prolonged India-China stand off in Leh. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • India and China have been engaged in a longstanding border dispute along the LAC in eastern Ladakh since June 2020
  • US said it is 'closely monitoring the situation'
  • 'We continue to direct dialogue and a peaceful resolution of those border disputes,' US State Department spokesman said