WW4 File: India’s nationalist PM, Narendra Modi, makes surprise visit to Nimu military base in disputed Himalayan region of Ladakh, follows deadly clash with Red China on June 15, rallies some 45,000 troops with oblique reference to “expansionist” designs of PRC: “Long live mother India! Enemies of India have seen your fire and fury. Days of expansionism are over. Expansionism creates danger for world peace. This is an era of development. Expansionist forces have either lost or forced to turn back”; Ji Rong, PRC embassy spokes-person in New Delhi, quickly dismissed Modi’s allega- tions of “expansionism”; de-escalation talks between opposing military commanders, moreover, have not prevented People’s Liberation Army from deploying 20,000 troops along Line of Actual Control, additional division held in reserve in northern Xinjiang province; PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian rumbles: “India should not make a strategic miscalculation on China”; meanwhile Philippines Foreign Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr has rebuked Red China for its ongoing naval drills near Paracel Islands, launched on July 1: “Should the exercises spill over to Philippine territory, then China is forewarned that it will be met with the severest response, diplomatic and whatever else is appropriate”

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