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Who Sabotaged Chinese President Xi Jinping's India Visit?

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On the 17-19th of September, Xi Jinping, the president of the People’s Republic of China was visiting India: he and new prime minister Narendra Modi were expecting much from the meeting, touted as a breaking point in relationships.

At the end of the day though, the results are lagging from such hopes.


The reason for this derailing was the intrusion, on the 18th of September, of 1000 PLA soldiers in Southern Ladakh, one of the two contested regions along the Sino-Indian border. The troops were bringing heavy equipment and claiming to build a “provisional road”. This was known in the end of the afternoon, just an hour before the banquet that Modi had called in the honor of his guest. Therefore, while 1500 Indian soldiers were dispatched on the spot, Modi asked Xi to get his troops away – Xi acquiesced.

Friday the 19th however, the Chinese troops were holding ground. They eventually retreated – but dispatched a small group of 35 men to pitch tents: when this was reported in Delhi, whatever confidence was subsiding in the visiting party evaporated.

Observers were at a loss to explain. The faux pas was deliberate, but to what aim? Xi was losing all what he had come to fetch. Modi as well. Both men’s objectives had been derailed. Who might be those opponents of a Sino-Chinese rapprochement?

Some of them were obviously within the Chinese high command. They might also be in the regime’s political circles, high cadres trying to weaken Xi Jinping.


Opposition could also have been reinforced from the Indian side. An Indian analyst suspects military traders in armament imports, India being now the world number one on this market.

Whoever those behind the curtain, Xi Jinping back in Beijing took two actions, both hinting at his own role as a victim in this “treacherous stroke”, and at his exasperation.

First came the “authorized” rumors of impending elevations for two generals faithful to Xi Jinping: Liu Yuan, and Zhang Youxia, deemed to become vice president of the Central Military Commission and head of the military’s discipline commission.


Second, on Sunday the 21st, the commanders of each arm were gathered in Beijing to address “inefficiencies” in the chain of military command. Mainly, they were instructed to ensure that “all PLA forces follow the instructions of President Xi.”


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India and China are pretty good buddies carrying on loads of out of the limelight deals. Besides, India just kicked major butt by putting a satellite in Mars orbit today with a large contingent of female engineers. That's also in the face of countries who think women are best hidden under burkas and undeserving of education.

India's Mars satellite successfully enters orbit, bringing country into space elite; Prime minister Narendra Modi exultant as India’s landmark achievement puts China in the shade
India has become the first nation to send a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so.
Mission control in the southern Indian city of Bangalore received confirmation of the success at 7.41am Wednesday, local time. The satellite Mangalyaan had entered the orbit of the red planet 12 minutes earlier, but the message needed to traverse the 400m miles (650m km) to Earth.
India now joins an elite club of nations who have successfully carried out interplanetary space missions, and has scored a significant point in its rivalry with China.
The prime minister, Narendra Modi, who won power in May in a landslide victory, was in Bangalore with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) watching the operation.
“We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation,” Modi said, as scientists celebrated.
“We have navigated our craft through a route known to very few,” Modi said, congratulating the ISRO team and “all my fellow Indians on this historic occasion”.
Modi, who travels to the US to address the United Nations later this week, called for further efforts “for challenging, the next frontier”.
The mission has led TV bulletins and filled front pages. It has been mentioned in the prayers of temple priests and even on special emails sent out to parents of exclusive nursery schools in Delhi. Tens of millions of people across the country followed the progress of the craft live.
There was a a significant chance of failure. Of 51 previous attempts to reach Mars, more than half failed.
“Just getting there is a big, bold statement. Succeeding would be a giant one about India’s place in the region and in the world,” said Pallava Bagla, a high-profile science commentator, on Tuesday.

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