INDIA CHINA: EYEBALL-TO-EYEBALL

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Presenting some of the events leading to India and China coming eyeball-to-eyeball at the highest battlefield in the world. China is a habitual offender and trespasses into the Indian territory regularly. Gerrymandering is a full-time occupation of Chinese junta. Why is China making these moves? Let us analyze.

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5th May 2020, A Scuffle Breaks Out Between Indian And Chinese Soldiers At The Pangong Tso lake, Located At 14,000 Feet, As Chinese Troops Try To Cross LAC West of China Occupied Aksai Chin(COAC). At Least 10,000 PLA Soldiers Are Now Believed To Be Camping Near – Pangong Tso Lake, Gallowan Valley And Demchok

 

8th May 2020, Indian Soldiers Stop Chinese Troops From Entering the Indian state of Sikkim At Naku La – A Scuffle Ensues

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9th May 2020, Road Being Built Between The Indian Territory Of Dharchula And Lipulekh Pass To Assistant Lake Manasarovar Pilgrims – Objected By Chinese Vassal State, Nepal

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Location of Kailash Manasarovar With Respect To Lipulekh Pass

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China Disturbs The Balance Of Power By Upgrading The Ngari Kunsha Airport As Dual-Use Airport: China Occupied Tibet(COT)

Provocative Chinese Military Buildup With Fighters Positioned In The Recent Past: Ngari Kunsha Airport(COT) – Courtesy detresfa

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Indian Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya Out To Block Any Chinese Misadventure And Possible Blockade Of Chinese Passage In IOR(80% Of Chinese Energy And Trade Requirements Depend On The Indian Ocean) – Courtesy detrefsa

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22 May 2020, India’s Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane Proceeds To Leh, The Capital of Ladakh, To Take Stock Of The Situation, Indian Forces Morale At All-Time High.

 

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25 May 2020, Scared Chinese Sail Out Their Poorly Trained Aircraft Carrier Shandong: Would Vietnam Avenge The Sinking Of Their Fishing Boat By PLAN – Courtesy detrefsa

23rd May And 22 Aug 1939, Adolf Hitler’s Address To The Nazi Generals Before World War 2 Is Compareable To Xi Jinping’s 26 May 2020 Speech Exhorting The Military To Prepare For War. Is This A Bugle Call For World War 3?

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196 thoughts

    1. You put it across very concisely. While posturing is taking place on our borders,it has not escalated so far. Hope it pans out well.

      1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Worry is not this but future emerging conflicts.

    2. The mainstream media and Social Media are flooded with Sino-Indian stand off in Eastern Ladakh. Ironically, each observer and commentator is unaware of actual ground situation and all their articulations are based on unconfirmed reports gathered from here and there. There is a deliberate silence being maintained by the Government, and rightly so for the compulsive reasons; giving rise to politically motivated speculations, and for selling media space.
      I am not sure when it is said that Chinese have intruded into Indian territory, what does that exactly mean?
      Both India and China have their claim lines, and a tactical deployment along the Allignment of Chinese deployment post 1962. The much talked LAC is ambiguous on ground, and leaves plenty of disputed area. Both sides have been patrolling these areas, and leave their tell tale marks to log presence. Both sides are dissuaded from constructing any permanent structures in disputed areas. Galwan Valley, is claimed by China, and had captured it in 1962, but unilaterally withdrew to wait for permanent settlement of Border.
      Chinese, have accused India of constructing permanent structures in Galwan Valley. Whereas, China has political will and Military supremacy to intrude and project power, we lack both to do same upto our claim lines.
      This time China, has done it again to flex her muscles, and intimidate India as a prelude to coercive diplomacy. Important point to note here is that every time such intrusions are settled China would have improved and gained on it’s ground position. That is being referred in strategic parlance Salami Slicing.
      This time Chinese look more determined to dig into Galwan Valley for longer period to assert and reiterate their claim lines in Eastern Ladakh/Aksai Chin. By the time they roll back, that they surely will, to avoid escalation into unnecessary war India’s border claims would have gone a pulse weaker.
      By Brigadier Raj Singh Bhown

      1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your immense experience.
        Chinese border management is very high tech. India has a physical presence and patrolling, whereas, what the Chinese do is mostly remote monitoring. Chinese physical presence is only when they move in for a long haul. This incursion is going to last a few months.

      1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I shall surely go through it.

  1. Excellent insight to the present face off between the two countries.
    May be you can also talk about our Government’s best possible future course of action to such encounters at the LAC.

    1. Thank you so much, Robin, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I shall write so in the coming future.

    1. Thank you so much, Rajiv, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. We all are keenly awaiting the next Chinese debacle.

  2. Nicely summed up Sandeep. Looking forward for write up on futuristic strategies for isolation n containment of influence of China in Asian counties . All the best

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. I am keeping a keen eye on the events. Despite Chinese assurances, it is not over yet.

  3. Well built up article in a balanced manner and logical in approach. Some interesting times ahead.

    1. Thank you so much, Rajeev, for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. This year would be written in history as the year of the undoing of China.

  4. Excellent compilation of facts and figures and intentions of China. India is actually ready with the reply. This is the reason why China is not backing off from Ladakh region and the Chinese Ambassador to India also came out and spoke with media. But, one should never believe China.regards Sanjay Jaiswal at Mumbai

    1. Thank you so much, Sanjay, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. As you said, never believe a Chinese. There is a lot to come, just wait and watch.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Indeed the situation is very precarious and could lead to a very serious situation. Chinese are hell-bent upon destroying the world, first with the virus and now with warmongering.

  5. Eyeball to eyeball confrontation is the ultimate strategy to ward off any misinterpretations by the opponent regarding any wrong inhibitions harboured by China about our solidarity in dealing with our antagonists !The message to China is very crystal clear provided that it understands the gravity of the situation it is in presently.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. We cannot take Chinese reassurances at their face value. They have to be dealt with properly without lowering the guard. India is doing exactly that, and the funny thing is that the Chinese are in a panic this time.

  6. Well summed up , keeping a keen eye on the situation to see how things unfold. The anti Chinese sentiment all over the world is high and right now any silly action on their part may prove suicidal . Keep writing , we like to read your blog

    1. Thank you so much, Rinku, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You are right that the world is keenly watching China. Any stupid move on their part would be catastrophic to the Chinese future, which is already in a very precautions situation. India is up and about the Chinese game. The conditions are treacherous with mud-sucking tentacles pulling CCP and the Chinese Junta into the murky bottom while smearing grime on those vassal states standby with them.

    1. Please do so. Knowledge is for sharing.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  7. Nice assessment of the current crises. China understands the language of Strength, and Indian response has been tough. Rightly assessed that this may be diversionary tactics from more sinister design or issues of leadership credibility. Thanks for such a concise and right information. Thanks

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. This is the first time that China is jittery. India is not Pakistan or Laos that China can bulldoze its way through. It has become a major cause of concern as well as embarrassment for the Chinese leadership.

    1. As of today, their navy is not in a position to do so. That is why Taiwan has to remain independent at any cost. That ties up a large number of forces in the South China Sea. Thank you so much, Jyotirmay, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      1. Yes, my statement was that if the current system in China wants to stay in place they probably wont get into a fight now. However, considering the future of CPEC and how much the Chinese really want to have an upper Himalayan region dominance, the things could lead to a localized war. My statement was in the context of vital importance of LoC/T in the IOR. While still not a major naval power, China could be a formidable adversary by sheer number of vessels and saturation attacks.

        I don’t know what the power balance is between the Indian and the Chinese Navy. Just had an idea that they might beat the drums somewhere and light the fire somewhere else. But then they could just do a misadventure at the same place that they are now. Somebody need to call Xi and tell him to calm the duck down! XD

      2. Jyotirmay, they have a formidable submarine fleet, and that should be our worry. Their surface navy otherwise is poorly trained. They don’t have much experience in the aircraft carrier operation. In conventional warfare, they don’t have much advantage, however, today’s wars are network-centric, and China is way ahead in that domain. We have to be wary of dragon’s designs, and we are doing exactly that. Neither Chinese politicians nor Chinese diplomats to be taken at the face value or whatever they vomit out of their mouths.

      3. Cyber domain is an ace under their sleeve. With a lot of experience gained over these last decades, their preference would be to deploy this most potent and effective skill to use.

        Let me don the Sun Tzu hat and write:

        Knowing your weakness and your enemy’s in equal measure ;
        Building your strength and exploiting their weakness while seeming in leisure;
        Shall bring many a victories and chests full of treasure.

        😛

        PS: i am still waiting for that longer piece of analysis on PTQ.
        Sorry, but my expectations from you are so high that a small blog write up makes me feel disappointed. Just kiddin! 😉

        This one was concise and written in haste to summarize the current going-on across the LAC. I understand that.

      4. Haha. I understand that. A lot of people are asking me the same question, that why did I give a short overview. When I used to put in a lot of effort and writing long pieces many people were complaining why do I write such long articles(😅). Many people even asked me to make a podcast or video on YouTube so that they don’t have to read at all(😂). That is the reason I have tried a new format of – more pictures and less text.

  8. Thanks Sandeep for updating us. I am sure you would appreciate it is better…. India be focused in an immediate response in forming a new alliance to counter the rising dragon…or India might suffer collateral damage in the extreme case of fight between West and China… and missed an opportunity to sort out this prolonged border dispute (more than 7 decades)…

    Hope the present govt react.

    1. Thank you so much, Ramki, for stopping by and sharing your in-depth knowledge & experience.
      You are right. Time is ripe, and India should resolve the issue peacefully, but if China is hell-bent upon aggression then militarily. Immediate action should be to declare Induan EEZ as a war zone and deny Chinese merchant vessels a safe passage in the IOR.
      I am sure a lot is happening in the background and soon we would have good news.

  9. I really want to read your posts, especially as they appear to be well researched, but with so much mis-information around these days I’d like to know more about you first, but I can’t find a Bio or ‘About You’. Can you point me in the right direction before i continue? Thanks

    1. Thank You so much, Malcolm, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I can tell you only one fact about myself that I am a veteran. Rest all the details, name, profile photo, etc could be just about anything. This is done to safeguard my identity. A large number(1000 to 20000) of people read my articles daily. They know that I present facts, and they appreciate it.
      I hope you understand that.
      Warm regards.

      1. Thanks for your reply Sandomina. Yes, I do undersatand. I also hope that you understand why I asked the question.

        Even for my own humble blogs, I research and cross reference as much as I can to make sure that any facts are as near the truth as I can possibly get.

        There are so many claims and counter-claims out there that it’s difficult to know what to believe and what not to believe any more. That said, your posts are always fascinating to read and I can see that your research and knowledge goes very deep, which is why I’ve enjoyed reading them.

        Best Regards from a warm and sunny England

      2. Thank you so much, Malcolm. That’s very kind of you.
        There is no doubt that a lot of fake news is doing rounds on social media, some innocuous, and some could do serious damage.

  10. Very informative look at the India/China situation. Seems like an uneasy relationship, just as many other countries have with China.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. The situation is grim. This time around, China has bitten more than it can chew. India is not Pakistan or Laos, and China understands that fact very well.

  11. Very crisply elucidated for even the uninitiated to comprehend.
    The Chinese will exploit every situation. From creating a global pandemic and using that to gain possible inroads into new markets to distracting and duping their own at the cost of even a forced war, human life seems to matter little. They have done it before and we should expect no better now. Insidiously trickling into the southern waters as they are, their malintents are clear. If global supremacy is their thing, they stand exposed too much now and are at the brink of their own undoing. Unless, world economy continues to thrive on short memories and manufacturing conveniences, and forgives and forgets. Too many layers to this. As India’s Eastern and Souhthern commands look to raising new fighting forces to fend this aggressor, from a world peace perspective, it is odd that China retains its Veto in the UN and India still does not have it.
    I look forward to your next.

    1. Thank you so much, Tejaswi, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      We have a solid engagement with the US, Japan, and Australia. Back-channel diplomacy is on for sure. India is not Pakistan or Laos. China has understood the intent of India and cooled down but not backed off. I do not profess war, but with China, war is the only solution. It is a Minotaur, which would grow on our flesh, without we come to know.
      Chinese are masters of mind games. They would push you only that much, as much you can take. If you take no shit from ChiComs, they back off. They are like a street bully, who tries to provoke you so that you retaliate. If you retaliate, it gives them a chance to show the world that they are taking action in self-defense.
      They have no experience in modern warfare. They have gathered modern war-making machines, by stealing and replicating, but they have not fought a single modern war themselves. They hide behind non-state actors and vassal states. India has shown great restraint until now and saved a lot of bloodsheds, therefore there have not been any casualties. However, time is running out for China, and they know it very well.
      IOR is going to be the next battlefield. My only worry is that they have a formidable submarine fleet. Their surface navy otherwise is poorly trained. They don’t have much experience in the aircraft carrier operation. In conventional warfare, they don’t have much advantage, however, today’s wars are network-centric, and China is way ahead in that domain. We have to be wary of dragon’s designs, and we are doing exactly that.
      Neither Chinese politicians nor Chinese diplomats to be taken at the face value or whatever they vomit out of their mouths.

      1. Mind games indeed. If they did not have much to lose they would not show any restraint. They are. They are teasing and watching. Their position in the world today rests on market manipulation more than military might or showmanship. Plus they have their own oppressed to oppress more. And they have always played games. You are right in that war is avoidable but might be the only way to end this stand-off. Can the world afford a WW3 though? These guys crawl up like termites! While we still fight their viral import and the west speculates a second wave of it, restraint sure seems to be in order, but with a clear message that their bluff has been called and no one is scared.

      2. This time around Chinese are on the edge. India is on a solid footing. Indian government’s continuation in the office has given a lease of life to its policies.
        China is looking forward to some promises from India so that they can withdraw gracefully. It would be interesting to note what is on their plate.

  12. Well identified the reasons for this standoff. However, I would like to add this piece here that a great game is being played out between India and China under a “new normal’’ which was created when India made a territorial reassertion in the Himalayan belt with the abrogation of Article 370 and created the twin Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh last year. This was followed by India releasing a new political map showing its boundary stretching from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to Aksai Chin (which is under Chinese occupation) up to Kalapani and beyond.India’s renewed claim over Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK has raised concern in China about the diminished negotiating power it would have with Pakistan and other neighbours.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      There are a few other aspects, which I will disclose in my next write-up.

      Chinese border management is very high tech. India has a physical presence and patrolling, whereas, what the Chinese do is mostly remote monitoring. Chinese physical presence is only when they move in for a long haul. This incursion is going to last a few months.

  13. You have presented a concise and comprehensive overview of the position in LAC in Ladakh. This place, as in 1962, remains important. This time too, China has transgressed the territorial integrity of India, as it has been doing at different places; sometimes in Ladakh, sometimes in Sikkim and other times in other places. Meaning it uses arms twisting way by entering into our territory and challenges Although in Doklam, India had shown its resolve and countered every move of China and it had to withdraw. But this time over, it has pitched its tents, stationed its heavy vehicles there including activating the airports with fighter ac and stationing as many fighting force as it could just to browbeat India.

    It is undisputed fact that India too have pitched its tents, stationed its forces to counter China in every way but what the situation remains fluid. What happens next is not known since if our part experience is any guide, then, it is essentially a fact that wee cannot believe Chinese. Their next step would be laced in uncertainty.

    India too can exercise sort sort of surprise in order to take on China and each China a lesson. China being busy in several fronts; South China Sea, with its immediate neighbours, disturbance in HK besides its tense relations with Taiwan.

    I do not know the actual reason for spoiling the applecart of relations with India when it has many real issues to solve in its own country. I think, it want to divert the attention of its populace. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT would be conjuncture only but TIME factor could be a decider since USA and other countries too are incensed by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the role of China in all these.

    With regards,
    HARBANS

    1. Thank you so much, Harbans, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      We have a solid engagement with the US, Japan, and Australia. Back-channel diplomacy is on for sure. India is not Pakistan or Laos. China has understood the intent of India and cooled down but not backed off. I do not profess war, but with China, war is the only solution. It is a Minotaur, which would grow on our flesh, without we come to know.
      Chinese are masters of mind games. They would push you only that much, as much you can take. If you take no shit from ChiComs, they back off. They are like a street bully, who tries to provoke you so that you retaliate. If you retaliate, it gives them a chance to show the world that they are taking action in self-defense.
      They has no experience in modern warfare. They have gathered modern war-making machines, by stealing and replicating, but they have not fought a single modern war themselves. They hide behind non-state actors and vassal states. India has shown great restraint until now and saved a lot of bloodsheds, therefore there have not been any casualties. However, time is running out for China, and they know it very well.
      Chinese border management is very high tech. India has a physical presence and patrolling, whereas, what the Chinese do is mostly remote monitoring. Chinese physical presence is only when they move in for a long haul. This incursion is going to last a few months.
      I shall reflect upon why China is on the edge this time around.
      Warm regards.

      1. Your incisiveness in viewpoint is obviously very clear based on sound know-how of the intricacies involved both at the policy level as well as military precision.

        China though has technological edge but their but bereft of any experience as a fighting force, it will has some limits. Sure enough our forces will prove their mettle when crunch time comes.

        The international opinion is against Chinese therefore they will have to walk on tightrope. CHINA SHOULD REMEMBER that territories are won for living and for the prosperity of a nation and the territories won through deception and show of false egocentric tendencies will not stand ethically or morally. In the long run, it may won win skirmishes here and there but will lose the ultimate war in HUMAN RELATIONSHIP globally for its KU-KARMA by its spread of COVID-19 Pandemic. Ultimately NATURE will not forgive it for its karmic deeds.

        Thanksand regards

        HARBANS

      2. It is a blessing for India that we have a continuity of strong leadership, as well as, their policies. The second term for Modi has paved the way for a strong and just India, providing leadership and guidance to the world.
        Chinese, who used to be focused and determined in their endeavor till now, are showing tiredness in every aspect. Due to that, instead of being proactive, they have become reactive.
        Great and pure thoughts cannot be deposited in minds accumulated with rubbish.

      3. Yes, presently we are blessed with a strong leadership in the form of Modi ji, who believes in the sagacity of our armed forces that whatever they consider or whatever time suiting to them could be freely taken by them and the country’s leadership is with them. That is a good sign. The military need not ask for every task assigned to them from the central leadership. That is what make difference since freedom of action, when and how to take military action is left to the military leadership though everything is with the blessings of the central leadership. The military commander, is free to plan and execute the plan of action against the adversary (ies)

        previously, every single task was approved by the centre and more often than not, it used to reach the military commander either late or in distorted form – just defeating the very purpose.

        Lets see in which way the wind blows. I think it would be like DOKLAM standoff or may be something else that only time will tell.

        Thanks and regards
        Harbans

  14. An interesting, short and crisp summary & analysis of the developments on the northern borders with China. The actions of Xi are comparable to Mao’s strategy to overcome a loss of political grip following the the failure of Great Leap Forward 1958-62 (loss of 40-50 million lives). However, this time around the Indian Armed Forces and the Polity are very robust and ready to resiliently withstand any coercion. The time and the opportunity is right for India to exert its soft power and project itself as a responsible power. Wait and watch the Chinese fizzle out from their current stand………..

    1. Thank you so much, Atul, for stopping by and sharing your immense experience.
      Xi has a lot to answer to his people, and that is the reason he is tightening the screw everywhere in China and HK. The pain has to go beyond a threshold level before these people rise.
      India has been proactive this time around, rather than being reactive. That is giving jitters to the Chinese.
      Chinese border management is very high tech. India has a physical presence and patrolling, whereas, what the Chinese do is mostly remote monitoring. Chinese physical presence occurs only when they move in for a long haul. This incursion is going to last a few months.
      Why China is on the edge this time around, that is a big question? I shall reflect upon this aspect in my next write-up.

    1. Thank you so much, Dhananjaya, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. You are most welcome.

    1. Thank you so much, Gregory, for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. I understand that well.

    1. Thank you so much, Anna, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. My estimate is that we will have a war before 2025.

  15. Nice pictorial depiction of Indo-China issues at the border….I love to read your research works….
    All the best
    regards

  16. This is a very relevant and succinct presentation of the current hot topic. The conclusion was fantastic. I see that you are a guest writer on many websites. Another website has published this article incomplete. You may like to have it rectified?

    1. Thank you so much, Elon, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I am glad that you liked it.

    1. Thanks, Wendell. I sincerely hope that that doesn’t happen. However, the situation is precarious, and one silly mistake would cost a lot to humanity.

  17. A very different style of writing as compared to previous articles by author… Little Short but pin pointness to data continues in this article as well…. Every pictorial representation is an eye opener backed up with strong data points.. Balance of power disturbed by PLA in COT area is a matter of concern for entire world.. The article gave a clear glimpse of CN radical communists rulers of 60s with an equating companion with Hitler and shadows of WW3… A great sequel of article on “CN vs rest of world” Which was written in mid May… Amazing read..

    1. Thank you so much, Sanjeev, for stopping by and sharing your experience. My estimate is that these misadventures with its neighbors by China would be the beginning of the end of China, by the year 2025. I would be soon writing a piece on this that how China is starting at a meltdown. The more China shows aggression and Sharp Power, the more it digs its own grave deeper.

  18. I did read this article and was not aware of the constant pressure of China on India. It does not surprise me though. I believe they give new meaning to the word unscrupulous.
    Sorry I didn’t comment on my last visit, but I seem to have even less time with this flu virus going on.

    1. Thank you so much, GP, for stopping by and sharing your immense experience. I can understand what you are saying. Even my day gets over so fast. The research, writing the article, editing and correcting, publishing, replying to the comments(and look intelligent) along with a full-time job is too much to handle. This time around, China has bitten more than it can chew. India is not Pakistan, Laos, or Kyrgyzstan, and they know it very well.

      1. Absolutely. In fact, I am about to start working on a piece detailing the undoing of China by 2025.

      1. Yes, I did read that article. More people should be interested in their history. People who only listen to themselves, learn nothing!

      2. You are so right, GP. History is such a teacher, and we still tend to ignore it.

      1. An absolute pleasure Sandomina. Your blog is amazing – informative and well designed. I can’t wait to read the posts you have written here! Thanks so much for appreciating my blog also – I’m really happy you like it! 😃🙏

  19. i appreciate your research and way of presenting the facts …. but let me put my thoughts into the issue raised … China is heavily dependent on India for its trade and commerce. About $50 billion is the China export to India. Also with so much nuclear proliferation across the globe there is very less chance of direct conflict. These standoff are not the new normal on our eastern front. There were many previous instances of standoff along LAC. But these can be easily resolved through diplomatic and political relationship built over years.

    1. Thank you so much, Anmol, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. India’s trade deficit with China is close to $58 billion. If you have read my summary, then you would have noticed that I have stated very clearly that this is just posturing by China to divert the attention of the world from many other issues.

      1. Absolutely that is the only motive of china to run away from the discussion of origin of COVID19. They are just trying to establish there hegemony in the region by creating an atmosphere of war, as India is there greatest hurdle in establishing their sway in South Asia and Indo-Pacific region

      2. The Quad is the answer to the biggest question haunting humanity. There are vested interests around the globe that are sabotaging the Quad, but it is just a matter of time. It is my prophecy that China would be staring at stark reality by 2025.

      3. Ur perception may turn into reality but let’s pray that this long term vision doesn’t fulfill as it would be catastrophe for the society’s and the humanity

      4. The rise in China would come from within. The rest of the world would be just a catalyst.

      5. The trump administration and it’s inward looking of narrow goal for jingoism is providing perfect opportunity to China to sway it’s influence in world geopolitics

      6. Trump is unpredictable. I am not sure how good or bad he is for the United States but he is fit for China. Because of him, they are groping in the dark and unsure what is about to hit them.

      7. Exactly he is providing perfect platform for dragon to grow … Withdrawing from International forums( WHO, PARIS agreement) undermining international organization ( UNICEF , WTO) . The balance of power is shifting. Post covid era will be much different

      8. I am not a fan of Trump, but all the presidents before him also did next to nothing. Yes, China is growing, and till now it had a home-run, that would not be possible anymore. Believe you me, China is heading for big trouble. I am working on one piece, hold on till that time.

      1. I will and thanks. Things in USA a getting more challenging not only due to the COV19 but all the protesting, rioting and looting. God bless us all.

      2. I just feel that there is a bigger conspiracy playing behind the rioting. How can they justify one wrong with another?

      1. Reading is so different than living in it when the content is no longer in the near possible future but is widespread at the present. I hope the nations can see the long-awaited easy solution past their self-imposed constraints.

  20. Damn, this is getting worse. With the world now listening to these ‘chinese whispers’ even more closely. I hope 2020 does not end with bringing a World war into our lives again!

    1. Thank you so much, Nishant, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes, the situation is indeed very precarious. Hegemonic designs of China were known to the world for a long time, but they refused to acknowledge this fact due to greed and profiteering. However, the next five years are very crucial, and the undoing of China would begin very soon.

  21. REBLOGGING GOD BLESS YOU !
    Faith and the Coronavirus

    Lent 2020 will be remembered as historic for the impacts of the Coronavirus around the world. For many Catholics, it will be remembered as the first Lent in the 2000 year history of the Church that Masses were canceled on a global scale to protect public safety in efforts to reduce the rapid spread of the virus.

    There are many of you sharing your feelings of anger, sadness, disbelief and the list goes on. I want to share with you my feelings and thoughts. I feel dryness, loss, abandonment, isolation, longing, and suffering. Then the thought hit me. Could God be asking us to share more in what His son may have felt?

    Dryness – “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) – Some think that when Jesus uttered these words on the cross, in his humanity, he could not feel God’s presence. Think of those times in your own life when you could not feel or recognize God’s presence in your life. For me, knowing I will not receive the Eucharist for several weeks, is a dryness. I will not experience the joy of being in Jesus’ presence in the blessed sacrament.
    Loss – leaving the people you love. For several weeks, I will be separated from my church family, wondering how they are doing.
    Abandonment – Jesus’ disciples left him in his moment of need. Even knowing that stopping the spread of this virus is important, I feel a sense that I am abandoning those in need.
    Isolation – Jesus was alone in His suffering. As we self quarantine, there is a real sense of being isolated from family, friends and the community.
    Longing – Jesus desired to be with his Father. In this time, I desire to be in the presence of Jesus fully present in the Eucharist. I desire to be with our parishioners sharing together the season of Lent.
    Suffering – Jesus suffered for us on the cross. My suffering in this time is so small in comparison. Yet, this is a chance to unite my suffering with the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
    In times of trial, God is calling us to be even closer to Him. To trust and rely on Him for everything. This Lent we have a chance to offer the feelings we are experiencing at the cross. To pick up willingly the cross that has been given to us. To embrace it and carry it. To unite the suffering we are experiencing to the suffering of Christ.

    Look deep into your heart. What is God teaching you in this time of trial? Is it patience? Is it trust? Is it recognizing that you really are not in control of your life?

    This time is an opportunity to encounter God. Will you pray more? Will you be still and listen? Will you recognize Him in those that are helping you? Will you recognize Him in the people you help?

    Do not fear. Trust. Jesus himself said in Matthew 16:18, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Jesus is truth and his words to Peter should reassure us that we will prevail.

    As Catholics, we are armed with many weapons for spiritual combat. And make no mistakes, the Evil One wants us to surrender. Don’t! We have been redeemed by the blood of the spotless Lamb, Jesus Christ. We are children of God! Be strong and defend yourself.

    Pray more. Pray the rosary. Pray the St. Michael prayer. Call on the vast army of saints and ask for their prayers of intercession. Follow the example of Jesus. Trust in God and surrender to His will. Ask God to reveal to you the message He has for you in this crisis. With God, defeat can be turned to victory.

    May God’s healing touch and peace be with you.

    TRODNEVNICA SVETOM ANTI od 10.lipnja do 12.lipnja
    Uvodna molitva
    Moli se svaki dan prije razmatranja
    Sveti Anto, evanđeoski naučitelju riječju i životom, ljiljane čistoće i nevinosti,pravi sljedbenice i prijatelju Kristov, isprosi nam od Boga milost da i mi živimo po evanđeoskoj poruci u pravednosti i čistoći svoga kršćanskog poziva i u ljubavi Kristovoj. Dubokom vjerom i čistim ufanjem preporučamo se tvojemu moćnom zagovoru kod Boga sada i uvijek,a posebno za ustrajnost u milosti Božjoj do sretna prijelaza u blaženu vječnost. Amen.
    PRVI DAN
    SVETI ANTO SA SVETIM PISMOM U RUCI…
    Razmatranje.
    “Ispunilo se vrijeme, blizu je Kraljestvo Božje. Obratite se i vjerujete u Radosnu vijest””Te je Spasiteljeve rijeci sv. Anto prihvatio svim srcem i svom dušom. Znao je da je, kako je sv. Pavao preporučivao Crkvi i Rimu,”uistinu sve sto je nekoć napisao, napisao nam za pouku, da strpljivošću i utjehom, koje daje Pismo,trajno imao nadu”kao i da je”Bog nekoć u mnogo navrata i na mnogo načina govorio očima po prorocima, i na kraju,to jest u ovo vrijeme,govorio nam po Sinu”Zato je marljivo proučavao Sveto Pismo, posebno Evanđelje, to jest nauk i život Isusa Krista. I ne samo proučavao nego i na najdostojniji način živio po nauci i primjeru Kristovu, prihvativši i one evanđeoske savjete koji će ga po uzoru sv. Franje učiniti njegovim savršenim nasljednikom i dovesti do vrhunca svetosti. Znajući da je kraljestvo evanđelje jedini siguran put spasenja, neumorno je propovijedao njegovu radosnu vijest i drugima, kako bi i oni spoznali da je Isus zaista za sve “Put ,Istina i Život” zbog Antina evanđeoskoga života,učenja i požrtvovana propovijedanja Božje poruke čovjeku. Crkva ga je zasluženo odlikovala naslovom “Evanđeoskog naučitelja”
    Molitva
    Evanđeoski naučitelju, sveti Anto!
    S pouzdanjem se utječemo tvom svetom zagovoru kod Boga i molimo te da nam od njega isprosiš milost ustrajnosti u kršćanskoj vjeri, ufanju i ljubavi, milost evanđeoskog nasljedovanja Isusa Krista ,kako bismo se jednom mogli s njim,s tobom is a svim svetima radovati na nebesima u sve vijeke vjekova. Amen.
    Javna pobožnost svetom Anti..
    Ak’čudesa tražiš,gle,
    Smrt i bludnja,nevolje,
    Vrag i guba nestaju,
    Zdrave bolesnici.
    More ,lanci uzmiču,
    Uda ,stvari propale,
    Mole i dobivaju,
    Mladi pa i starci.
    Iščezava pogibelj,
    Prestaju i potrebe,
    Neka kaže tko to zna,
    Pa i Padovanci,
    More,Lanci….
    Slava ocu i Sinu ,slava Duhu Svetome,
    More ,lanci…
    R. Moli za nas blaženi Anto,
    O. Da dostojni postanemo obećanja Kristovih.
    Pomolimo se
    Crkvu tvoju, Boze neka razveseli zavjetni spomen blaženog Ante ,priznavaoca tvojega naučitelja,da se vazda utvrđuje duhovnom pomoću i bude dostojan uživati radost vječnu, po Kristu Gospodinu našem. Amen.
    DRUGI DAN : SVETI ANTO S LJILJANOM U RUCI
    Sveti Anto,evanđeoski naučitelju riječju i životom, ljiljane čistoće i nevinosti,pravi sljedbenice i prijatelju Kristov, isprosi nam od Boga milost da i mi živimo po evanđeoskoj poruci u pravednosti i čistoći svoga kršćanskog poziva i u ljubavi Kristovoj. Dubokom vjerom i čistim ufanjem preporučamo se tvojemu moćnom zagovoru kod Boga sada i uvijek,a posebno za ustrajnost u milosti Božjoj do sretna prijelaza u blaženu vječnost. Amen
    Razmatranje
    “Blaženi čista srca jer će oni Boga vidjeti”, proglasio je Isus u Govoru na gori. Tim je riječima Krist naznačio da je uvjet vječnoga spasenja čistoća života na zemlji. Kršćanska čistoća može se shvatiti u užem smislu rijeci kao doživotno i vjerno djevičanstvo,u širem smislu kao posebna krepost za sve staleže,i napokon u našem ,općem smislu riječi, kao čistoća savjesti, kao odsutnost grijeha,kao pravednost pred Bogom i ljudima. Na doživotno djevičanstvo Bog poziva samo neke, no na stalešku čistoću savjesti poziva sve bez razlike.
    ”U miru sa svima težite za spasenjem i posvećenjem bez kojega nitko neće vidjeti Gospodina” kaže sv. Pavao. I opet:”Bog nas uistinu nije pozvao ka nečistoći, nego k posvećenju!”
    Sv. Anto bio je uzor čistoga života. Svi su poznavali njegovu nevinost i svetost,pa su s pravom djeca prigodom njegove smrti klicala po Padovi:
    ”Umro je svetac,umro je svetac” Bogu je u zreloj mladosti zavjetovao djevičanstvo. Da u tom ustraje,prihvaćao je nužnu strogost života. Odlikovao se u svim kršćanskim krepostima u herojskom stupnju,osobito u ljubavi prema Isusu i bližnjemu. Proveo je život koji je dostojno simboliziran bijelim ljiljanima u njegovom naručju…
    Molitva
    Bijeli ljiljane čistoće i nevinosti ,sv. Anto! Isprosi i nama milost od Boga da ustrajemo u krepostima čistoće usprkos svim napastima,kojih ćemo se savjesno čuvati,i našim slabostima,koje ćemo svladati Božjim darovima.
    Po tvom moćnom zagovoru neka nam Bog dade milost čestita ,pravedna i sveta života,da bismo i mi postali dostojni jednom “Boga vidjeti”Amen…
    Javna pobožnost svetom Anti..
    Ak’čudesa tražiš,gle,
    Smrt i bludnja,nevolje,
    Vrag i guba nestaju,
    Zdrave bolesnici.
    More ,lanci uzmiču,
    Uda ,stvari propale,
    Mole i dobivaju,
    Mladi pa i starci.
    Iščezava pogibelj,
    Prestaju i potrebe,
    Neka kaže tko to zna,
    Pa i Padovanci,
    More,Lanci….
    Slava ocu i Sinu ,slava Duhu Svetome,
    More ,lanci…
    R. Moli za nas blaženi Anto,
    O. Da dostojni postanemo obećanja Kristovih.
    Pomolimo se
    Crkvu tvoju, Boze neka razveseli zavjetni spomen blaženog Ante, priznavaoca tvojega naučitelja, da se vazda utvrđuje duhovnom pomoću i bude dostojan uživati radost vječnu, po Kristu Gospodinu našem. Amen.
    TRECI DAN :SVETI ANTO S DJETETOM ISUSOM U NARUCJU
    Sveti Anto, evanđeoski naučitelju riječju i životom,ljiljane čistoće i nevinosti,pravi sljedbenice i prijatelju Kristov,isprosi nam od Boga milost da i mi živimo po evanđeoskoj poruci u pravednosti i čistoći svoga kršćanskog poziva i u ljubavi Kristovoj. Dubokom vjerom i čistim ufanjem preporučamo se tvojemu moćnom zagovoru kod Boga sada i uvijek,a posebno za ustrajnost u milosti Božjoj do sretna prijelaza u blaženu vječnost. Amen.
    Razmatranje
    Ljubav prema Božjoj rijeci,Svetom pismu,posebno Evandjelju,vodila je sv.Antu do upoznavanja i ljubavi prema Isusu Kristu.Njegova čistoća i nevinost činile su ga dostojnim da s njime bude najintimnije sjedinjen. Za Krista je htio umrijeti,njemu se jednom posvetio svojim redovničkim i svećeničkim djevićnstvom,s njime je u molitvi provodio svoje najradosnije časove,njega je propovijedao kao Otkupitelja i Spasitelja svih ljudi. Kao sto je njegov serafski otac sv.Franjo na La Verni ugledao razapetoga Krista i primio njegove svete rane,tako je Anto u Camposampieru bio za svoju ljubav prema Isusu nagrađen time da ga je video svojim očima i primio u svoje naručje.
    Ako smo pravi štovatelji sv.Ante onda ćemo i mi ljubiti i nasljedovati Isusa Krista. Prava pobožnost prema ovom ljubljenom našem svecu jest jedno ona koja nas ,po njemu ,vodi k Spasitelju Bogu,koja nas čini takvom Božjom djecom kakvom nas nebeski otac želi,za naše dobro i vječno spasenje:da vjerujemo u njega i da ga ljubimo ne samo riječju nego i dijelom. Nema drugog imena pod nebom-osima imena Isusa Krista-po kojemu bismo se mogli spasiti,kaže sv.Petar, a sam Isus opet upozorava: ”Neće svaki koji mi govori:Gospodine,Gospodine!’ući u kraljestvo nebesko,nego onaj koji vrši volju moga nebeskoga Oca!”
    Molitva
    Sveti Anto,ljubimce Isusa Krista!I mi želimo ljubiti Božanskoga Spasitelja,živjeti po njegovoj nauci i spremno ga nasljedovati i onda kada ga promatramo na njegovu kriznom putu i ze nas razapeta na Kalvariji. Moli za nas da u tome,po tom primjeru,ustrajemo te tako postignemo ujedno i plodove njegova slavnog uskrsnuća. Amen..
    Javna pobožnost svetom Anti..
    Ak’čudesa tražiš,gle,
    Smrt i bludnja,nevolje,
    Vrag i guba nestaju,
    Zdrave bolesnici.
    More ,lanci uzmiču,
    Uda ,stvari propale,
    Mole i dobivaju,
    Mladi pa i starci.
    Iščezava pogibelj,
    Prestaju i potrebe,
    Neka kaže tko to zna,
    Pa i Padovanci,
    More,Lanci….
    Slava ocu i Sinu ,slava Duhu Svetome,
    More ,lanci…
    R. Moli za nas blaženi Anto,
    O. Da dostojni postanemo obećanja Kristovih.
    Pomolimo se
    Crkvu tvoju, Boze neka razveseli zavjetni spomen blaženog Ante , priznavaoca tvojega naučitelja, da se vazda utvrđuje duhovnom pomoću i bude dostojan uživati radost vječnu, po Kristu Gospodinu našem. Amen.

    Tijelovo

    Danas s radošću u dušama slavimo blagdan Tijelova (latinski Corpus Christi). Spominjemo se ustanovljenja Euharistije na Veliki četvrtak, pričesti, sakramenta tijela i krvi Kristove, kao uspomenu na posljednju Kristovu večeru. Ta se svetkovina pojavila u XIII. stoljeću, a na cijelo zapadno kršćanstvo proširila se u XIV. stoljeću. Augustinska redovnica, sveta Julijana iz samostana kod Liégea u Belgiji, imala je viđenje punog mjeseca, na kojem je opazila mrlju. Puni mjesec je protumačila kao Crkvu, a mrlju kao nedostatak blagdana, kojim bi se častio Presveti oltarski sakrament. Na njezinu molbu, mjesni je biskup za svoju biskupiju uspostavio blagdan, koji se na početku zvao blagdan Euharistije. Sveta Julijana i njeni suvremenici promicali su ideju toga blagdana i željeli su ga proširiti na cijelu Crkvu. Papa Urban IV. objavio je 1264. bulu, kojom je blagdan Euharistije proširio na cijelu Crkvu.

    Puni naziv tog blagdana je Presveto Tijelo i Krv Kristova. Tim blagdanom želimo obnoviti svoju vjeru u osobu Isusa Krista, Bogočovjeka, koji je u određenom povijesnom času kao jedinorođeni Sin Božji postao povijesnom osobom. To je tajna njegova utjelovljenja. Bog je postao čovjekom, jedan od nas, s konkretnim tijelom, a u njegovim žilama teče ljudska krv. “U svemu jednak, osim u grijehu,” kao što je rekao sveti Pavao.

    Na današnji se blagdan sjećamo kao je Bog uzeo ljudsko tijelo da bi postao čovjekom. U Isusu je Bog svima nama dohvatljiv i blizak. Tajnu svojega utjelovljenja utkao je Isus na svojoj posljednjoj večeri u znakove kruha i vina, koji snagom njegove riječi postaju Tijelo i Krv Kristova, dakle sakrament euharistije, dar pričesti, hrana i piće. Posebno su pritom naglašeni neki elementi tog sakramenta: kruh u obliku hostije, koji se pokazuje kod podizanja; kalež s vinom koji se isto tako pokazuje vjernicima kao znak i dar.

    Tijelovo želi osobito naglasiti istinu da je Isus pravi čovjek i pravi Bog, a kao čovjek da ima tijelo kao i mi. To je dar Kristova predanog tijela, dar njegove prolivene krvi, to je dar njegove neizrecive ljubavi za svakog od nas osobno. Presvetom Tijelu Isusovom i Predragocjenoj Krvi Kristovoj posvećena su mnoga naselja, župe i kapele diljem svijeta i hrvatskih krajeva (Zagreb-Sopot, Zagreb-Kozari Bok, Zagreb-Mošćenička, Trešnjevka, Zagreb-Tuškanac, samostanska kapela Klanjateljica Krvi Kristove, Petrovina kod Jastrebarskog, Ludbreg, Kučiće kod Omiša).

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