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.
Lil Uzi Vert Has $24 Million Diamond Installed In His Head
The rapper Lil Uzi Vert has recently had a $24 million diamond surgically installed into his forehead. The rapper has reportedly been saving for the strange body modification for the past three years.
He told reporters that the diamond costs more than his home and all of his cars put together. Oddly enough, the diamond could cost more than his entire net worth, which has been estimated at no higher than $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Lil Uzi gained initial recognition following the release of the commercial mixtape Luv Is Rage in 2015, which led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
The rapper attracted mainstream attention following the release of his debut single “Money Longer” in 2016. After releasing two additional mixtapes in 2016 and 2017, including one in collaboration with Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert was featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping Migos’ single “Bad and Boujee”. He later secured his first top ten single with “XO Tour Llif3”, which won the MTV Video Music Award for Song of Summer.
At the 2018 Grammy Awards, Lil Uzi Vert was nominated for Best New Artist. His second studio album, Eternal Atake was among the most anticipated albums in 2o20 and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.
Some fans noticed that the diamond seemed to be loose and off-center, but Uzi clarified that it is only like that temporarily because there is still swelling in the area.
“It’s in the middle. I just got a long bar in it because I just got it pierced. When the swelling go down I’ll get a short bar so it won’t move. Y’all keep talking about it off because I got a long bar in it so it can move ’cause of the swelling. When it go down, it gonna be right though,” he said in the video below.
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.
Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote
Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.
80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.
Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 3, 2021
As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.
During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
BREAKING: The floor of the House of Representatives erupts in applause as Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as speaker of the House for the 117th congress, with 216 votes. https://t.co/z1mlyK1BJN pic.twitter.com/6Wdt3N9ulD
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 3, 2021
Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.
She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.
When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.
Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.
Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.
Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.
According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.
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