Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

In what may be the first documented clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers who have been piling up across the border between the two nations over the latest territorial dispute, Reuters reports that ” Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation ” in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, “further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.” While there has been no official confirmation yet by either India or China, a Reuters source in New Delhi who was briefed on the military situation on the border, said Indian soldiers ” foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake .” He added that some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides , the source said. “There was an altercation near the Pangong lake,” said a police officer in Srinagar, the capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, under which the area falls.

Source: Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

Several Chinese Companies Reportedly Submit Bids For Fiat Chrysler

After learning over the weekend that Trump plans to call for an investigation into China over allegations that the nation violated U.S. intellectual property rights and forced technology transfers, we learn that several Chinese companies may have submitted bids for Fiat Chrysler (FCA) in a deal that would include the company’s iconic Jeep brand.

Source: Several Chinese Companies Reportedly Submit Bids For Fiat Chrysler

Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

As if there weren’t enough geopolitical stress points in the world to fill a lifetime of “sleepy, vacationy” Augusts, late on Friday night President Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that he’s preparing to order an investigation into Chinese trade practices next week, according to NBC .

Source: Trump Warns Xi: Trade War With China Begins Monday

India deploys more troops along China border in Sikkim, Arunachal

NEW DELHI: In a strategically key move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Dokalam standoff, senior government officials said today.

Source: India deploys more troops along China border in Sikkim, Arunachal

Mattis Statement Means Trump Not Bluffing

Secretary of Defense James Mattis made the following statement:

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Mattis making a statement like this indicates not only that military operations are possible, but that active planning is underway if not completed.  This situation looks to get more tense in the near future and the outcome as to whether military action takes place may lie with China’s ability to bring the DPRK under some sort of control.

One scenario would be for China to take preemptive action to remove the regime and occupy the North as a buffer to the South.

In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers (aside for the US and North Korea of course), the Indian Army has ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese solders, India’s News 18 reports .

Source: In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

Chinese cops treat kidnapping as a routine form of largely acceptable debt-collection

If you owe someone money in China and kidnap them to get paid, the police are likely to treat the whole thing as a civil matter of “unlawful detention” and stay out of it (especially if the debtor is a foreigner and the lender is Chinese). (more…)

Source: Chinese cops treat kidnapping as a routine form of largely acceptable debt-collection