Beijing has accused New Delhi of “severe military provocation” after the two have accused each other of firing warning shots during a confrontation Monday on their disputed border in the Himalayas known as the Line Of Actual Control (LAC).
India denies its soldiers crossed the disputed border which saw an incident earlier this year in Galwan Valley of hand-to-hand combat in the Ladakh region on June 15th in which 20 Indian troops and 43 Chinese troops were killed, Anewspost previously reported. This latest incident marks the first time shots have been fired along the Sino-Indian border in more than four decades. Both sides have blamed the other for violating agreements.
A 1996 agreement between both countries bars the use of guns and explosives from the Line of Actual Control (LAC.)
In May, China was accused of building up troops and artillery along the border and engaging in unusual movements, which India considered to be a violation of its sovereign territory.
Following the June 2020 border clash, senior retired Indian diplomats argued that situation marked the “end of a chapter in relations,” and that “the entire architecture [of border and military agreements between China and India] has collapsed,” with “very serious repercussions.”
Now, those tensions have flared up once again. In a statement on Monday night, a spokesperson for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theater Command said Indian troops “illegally crossed” the Line of Actual Control (LAC), New York Times reported.
“The Indian troops brazenly fired warning shots at Chinese border patrols troops who came up to negotiate, and the Chinese border troops were forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation,” said Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, the Chinese military spokesperson, without specifying what those “countermeasures” were.
Colonel Shuili called the action a “serious military provocation.” Shuili further asked the Indian side to “immediately stop dangerous actions … strictly restrain frontline troops and seriously investigate and punish personnel who fired shots to ensure similar incidents do not occur again.”
On Tuesday, the Indian army rejected China’s accusations and called the statement “an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.” Adding that the Indian troops had “exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner,” and instead accused the Chinese military of “blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive maneuvers.”
“At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing,” the statement said.
India previously warned its Army to “prepare for war” if the conflict between India and China escalated as Anewspost reported. In addition, the India Navy was also given orders to deploy its assets near the Malacca Strait, and, if needed, anywhere else in the Indo-Pacific to counter the Chinese, the India Economic Times reported.
Following the previous incident, Indias Army also released new rules of engagement with China on the LAC, “In future, if they carry clubs, so will our soldiers. If they use rocks, so will we. Rules need to be followed equally by both sides,” an India military source told India Today.
China and India have been sparring over the area that surrounds the Pangong Tso Lake since the two fought a bloody border war in 1962. The Line of Actual Control, which passes through the lake, was established in the wake of the original conflict. Though it shows up on maps, India and China do not agree on its precise location and both regularly accuse the other of overstepping it, or seeking to expand their territory.
In 1996, the two countries signed an agreement that states that neither side shall open fire within 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) from the LAC to “prevent dangerous military activities.”
That was among a series of agreements signed by China and India since 1993 to “keep forces at the minimum level at the border” and “shape the behavior of troops,” said Indian’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
“If these are not observed, then it raises very, very important questions. At this moment, I note that this very serious situation has been going on since the beginning of May,” Jaishankar said at an event on Monday.
The previous altercation in June happened after a failed diplomatic meeting, as part of military commitments to de-escalate tensions on the disputed border.
The situation was temporarily resolved after the two sides engaged in talks and withdrew soldiers from the LAC. But tensions flared again last week when Delhi and Beijing accused each other’s troops of carrying out provocative actions near Pangong Tso. During that incident, at least one soldier with India’s special forces was reportedly killed, The Guardian reported.
The two sides have pledged multiple times to disengage however at least five rounds of high military-level talks have failed to resolve the ongoing dispute.
Meanwhile, more negotiations between Indian and Chinese officials failed with a recent meeting last Friday in a bid to deescalate tensions. The Chinese and Indian defense ministers met on the sidelines at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow, and the two countries’ foreign ministers are scheduled to meet there again on Thursday. However, multiple other online sources have indicated there have been meetings since Monday’s live firing issue.
Amid flaring heightened moves India also recently accused China of abducting five men three days ago, stating the People’s Liberation Army was responsible for the kidnapping near the disputed border in Arunachal Pradesh, known to China as “South Tibet.” The incident took place amid talks between India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Moscow.
Indian media has since reported that a process to release the five youths was underway. After China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had confirmed that five youth from Arunachal Pradesh who went missing three days ago were found on their side of the border.
U.S. President Donald Trump was recently asked about the dispute at a news briefing at the White House, in which he said Washington was in communication with both countries about what it could do to help defuse the situation.
“We stand ready to help with respect to China and India. If we can do anything, we would love to get involved and help,” he said.
U.S President Donald Trump told reporters the ongoing tensions were a “very nasty” conflict as “the two countries were going at it much more strongly than a lot of people even understand.”
Trump has offered to mediate as a middle man between the two nuclear-armed nations in the past. However, both China and India have dismissed the idea stating said that there is no need for a third party to mediate the situation.
Both countries seem to have amassed troops along the border, deploying additional forces after the clash in June, with reports of more troops headed to the LAC. The two countries have been trying to settle their border dispute since at least the early 1990s.
The war drums seem to be beating loud between India and China with multiple causalities thus far and things have escalated with warning shots fired into the air, as the two nations play a dangerous game of tug a war with the LAC border.
Photos Show Epstein Cuddling With Young Girl On Private Jet
New photos that were recently obtained by journalists at The Daily Mail show Jeffrey Epstein cuddling with a sleeping young girl. The photos are said to have been taken on Epstein’s notorious private jet. The late billionaire pedophile reportedly took the girl to Disney World and was returning home with her when the photos were taken.
The most disturbing image shows Epstein sitting in his airplane with the young girl laying on top of his lap. Other photos showed the group’s trip to Disney World, where Epstein, the young girl, and others were seen posing with Disney characters like “Piglet” from “Winnie The Pooh.”
The young girl in the photos has not been identified, and it is not clear if she was one of Epstein’s victims, but the images certainly paint an ugly picture.
The Disney trip reportedly took place in 2004, which was a few years before he was first arrested. However, many victims say that his abusive behavior goes back far earlier than 2004.
Epstein’s associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also believed to have been on the trip, although she does not appear in any of the photos. Some of the faces on the photos are blurred out.
A source who was on the trip said, “It was a fun day. We ate in a restaurant with two of Jeffrey’s friends who he met there. Jeffrey however did not eat lunch. I hardly ever saw him eat at a restaurant. Food always had to be prepared by a personal chef.”
The source also said that Epstein and his entourage had full VIP access to the theme park and never had to wait in any lines.
“We were given a VIP tour of the park and someone was escorting us around from ride to ride. The group never had to be in line for a ride or a rollercoaster, we went to the front of the line each time,” the source told the Mail.
The source also claimed that the photo was innocent, despite how bad it looks in the context of what we now know about Epstein.
“It had been a long day and the girl just fell asleep in his arms. The picture is terrifying based upon what we know now but it was entirely innocent,” the source said.
Epstein reportedly flew about ten other people to Disney World for the Trip, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his personal assistant Sarah Kellen and Slovakian model Nadia Marcinkova.
New details about Epstein’s crimes and his associates are expected to be revealed during the upcoming criminal trial against Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell were connected with major players on both sides of the political spectrum who have a lot to lose if Maxwell discusses their involvement with Epstein’s criminal network. With how many people that Epstein was connected to there is no telling what can be revealed in the upcoming trial.
Epstein allegedly died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Were Released In Florida
Environmentalist groups have been warning about the danger of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild for years, but a plan to release the GM insects in the United States for the first time is scheduled to continue as planned.
Millions of GM mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys as a part of a pilot program that officials hope will reduce the spread of diseases like dengue, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.
The unprecedented release is being orchestrated by the British-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), according to Reuters.
The project hopes to reduce the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti species, which is responsible for spreading many infections diseases.
On May 1st, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted an experimental use permit to Oxitecon for the release of the mosquitoes.
While regulators have signed off on the program and are confident of its safety, local residents are obviously very concerned about these insects being released in their back yards.
The plan has already been set into motion, and some of the insects have already been released. Oxitec opened about 6 boxes containing the OX5034 modified mosquito in the Florida Keys last week.
In theory, these genetically modified male mosquitos will mate with wild females, and their genetics will cause the children to die, which they hope will lead to a total collapse of the wild population.
However, there are also many different things that can go wrong with this type of live experiment, and there is growing concern among scientists that this technology may not be ready for deployment. Many experts have also suggested that the risks have not been studied thoroughly enough. Some scientists are warning about the potential unintended consequences that can come from unleashing such insects into the wild. For example, researchers are entirely unaware of what type of allergic reactions that these insects could cause if they interact with people.
Meredith Fensom, Oxitec’s head of global public affairs, told Reuters about the release.
“Inside we have a small container, and this is what we put the mosquito eggs in. We also have a small container for food. We leave it open. And then we fill the box, less than halfway full, with water. We close the lid, and after a week or two, our non-biting male mosquitoes begin to emerge,” she said.
Scientists have begun a new phase in the testing of genetically modified mosquitos designed to help eradicate malaria in Africa. NPR's @robsteinnews explains what the mutation does: pic.twitter.com/XvpYMXghck
— Up First (@UpFirst) February 20, 2019
These boxes contained roughly 12,000 mosquitoes, but the Oxitec says that they plan to release tens of millions of these incects in the region throughout the year.
This is not the first time that the company has released GM mosquitoes into the wild, this is just the first time that it has been done in the United States. Oxitec has previously launched similar projects in places like Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia, where they claim to have a success rate of over 90%.
The mosquitoes have also been designed to emit a fluorescent glow, so that when they are captured.
Genetically modified mosquitoes have been released for the first time in the United States, taking flight in the Florida Keys in a pilot program intended to reduce the spread of deadly diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus. https://t.co/w6ftrakFnQ
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) May 10, 2021
“That’s how we monitor for the project before, during and after to understand the mosquito population,” Fensom explained.
However, many experts disagree with the plan and have made attempts to organize against this strange use of genetic technology.
Bill Gates’ Relationship With Epstein Led To His Divorce
According to a shocking report published this week in the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates began meeting with divorce lawyers in October of 2019, which is around the same time that Bill Gates was listed among Jeffrey Epstein’s close associates.
According to sources close to the Gates family that were interviewed by the Journal, and documents shared with the site, Melinda said that her marriage with Bill was “irretrievably broken.”
The divorce was set into motion immediately after Bill Gates was implicated as a close friend of Epstein. In reports at the time, it was noted that Gates began his relationship with the notorious pedophile after he was already convicted of crimes against children.
However, Bill’s friendship with Epstein was a source of contention in his marriage long before his wife filed for divorce. In fact, she warned him not to associate with Epstein due to his notorious reputation and criminal convictions, an employee of the Gates Foundation told The Daily Beast. Despite this warning, Bill and some of his employees at the foundation continued to meet with Epstein.
When asked for a comment, a spokesman for Bill Gates told the Journal that he denied being friends with the late pedophile, referring to a statement he gave the paper last year saying that, “I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him.”
When pressed by other reporters about the relationship, Gates said that his proximity to Epstein was only a result of them both being so rich.
A statement that Bill and Melinda Gates made on Twitter last week made no mention of Epstein, and instead painted the picture of a professional couple breaking up on amicable terms.
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) May 3, 2021
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement read.
The couple has been married since 1994 and there was reportedly no prenuptial agreement to decide the terms of their divorce. They have agreed to equally split their assets, although they are claiming that they will give much of the money away. They have made no public comments as to the private reasons behind their divorce, but the timing of the filing is certainly suspicious, and many people close to the family suspect that Bill’s connection to Epstein could have been a factor.
According to prosecutors, Epstein operated a “vast network” for child human trafficking between 2002 and 2005, which allowed him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.” Many long-time friends like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew have been implicated in Epstein’s illicit activities.
Epstein was arrested a second time on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.
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