Li Keqiang allays India's containment fears, urges better co-operation

Premier Li Keqiang tells New Delhi that Beijing supports India playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council. Photo: AP

Wrapping up his maiden diplomatic trip to New Delhi, Li played down fears that China posed a threat to India, and said Beijing supported New Delhi playing a bigger role in the United Nations Security Council.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:30am

India PM says border dispute with China can be solved

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (centre) speaks to the press in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday he believes a border dispute over an alleged incursion by Chinese soldiers can be resolved, the Press Trust of India reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Indian foreign minister heads to Beijing amid flare-up in border dispute

Salman Khurshid ducked dispute

Amid growing calls in some quarters for a tougher stance over the alleged incursion of Chinese troops in a remote Himalayan region, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said he would head to Beijing on May 9.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

India asks China to withdraw troops near disputed border

India’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had asked China to withdraw troops who allegedly advanced into disputed territory claimed by New Delhi in a remote area of the Himalayas.

“We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border),” spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told a briefing. “By this I mean the status quo prior to this incident.”

23 Apr 2013 - 6:23pm

Chinese, Indian troops camp, eye each other in disputed border area

Activists of a right-wing student organisation Akhila Bharatiya Vidya Parishad stamp on a flag of China during a protest demanding the withdrawal of Chinese troops in Hyderabad, India. Photo: AP

Dozens of Chinese soldiers have set up camp in a Himalayan region claimed by India, Indian government sources say, signalling a potential renewal of border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Troops of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Indian-claimed territory in eastern Ladakh and erected a camp on April 15.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Importance of heritage top lesson of trip

Interior designer Liang Min, 28, volunteered in India this summer helping with the construction of a museum in traditional style in Ladakh, a historically Tibetan region. Now she is sharing her experience through photos in an exhibition in Beijing that she co-curated with two former colleagues who are equally dedicated to preserving architectural heritage.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Natural highs

The final descent into Leh airport, one of the world's highest, is not for the faint-hearted. The plane banks left, then right, then left again. Razor sharp Himalayan peaks seem to be within touching distance. The pilot adds another layer of drama.

'The flight ahead of ours has turned back to Delhi but we're going to try and land,' he says.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

China and India have boundaries to bridge

China and India together account for one third of the world's population. In a year or two, when the Indian economy is expected to surpass Japan's on a purchasing power parity basis, they will have the second and third biggest economies. As Asians living and growing side by side, they should be working towards a common goal.

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Higher purpose

Khardung La has its head in the clouds and its height in doubt. Is this really the world's highest road pass? The sign at the top reads '18,380 feet' (5,602 metres) but some say that refers to the old mule track higher up.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Split personality

The city of Leh is in India but is not India. It is as near to Kabul as it is to Delhi and is farther north than Lhasa, and the first thing that assails you in the Ladakhi capital isn't a tout, but the pain of altitude sickness. Perched on the Tibetan Plateau, 3,500 metres above sea level, most things about Leh are Tibetan ... its people, its religion, its diet.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Land of the lamas

The ancient lamasery was deserted, and I wandered a little guiltily, uninvited, up worn wooden steps, along narrow passages, and through a maze of tiny, bare, interconnected rooms whose rafters were so low I had to stoop to avoid banging my head.

27 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Sourcing the Suru

Ladakh is one of the driest places in the world, so the churning, thundering waters of the Suru river below were a puzzling sight as we drove the rocky, dusty road that cuts precariously along the sides of the steep gorge.

This is one of the most arid and isolated regions of India, covering more than 90,000 square kilometres, terrain the Ladakhis call Moonland.

25 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

On a long, winding and dangerous road

The government tourism information office in Drass is hardly a good advertisement for the delights of Kashmir and Ladakh. Its VIP reception centre is blackened and broken, a victim of shelling from the notorious Tiger Hill, which looms ominously behind the small town.

23 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

In the land that time forgot

INTREPID travellers can now journey into the 'Little Tibet' region of Ladakh without having to pass through troubled Kashmir.

Guest houses for tourists have been opened along a route from the hill-station of Manali to Leh, the capital of the so-called 'forbidden land' nestling on a 3,000-metre plateau between the mighty Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range.

26 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Off the Shelf

SINCE the collapse of communism and the parting of the Iron Curtain, Eastern Europe has become fertile ground for writers. Goodnight Mr Lenin (Picador $102), by journalist Tiziano Terzani, is a search for the ''corpse'' of communism. It takes Terzani through the vast continent, from Siberia and Central Asia to the republics of the Caucasus.

17 Mar 1994 - 12:00am