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China says India militarising border as stand-off continues

BEIJING: China said on Thursday it was absurd for India to use the excuse of Chinese road-building to cross over their border, and accused India of militarising its side of the frontier. A stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbouring giants, who share a 3,500 km (2,175 miles) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. According to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China's Donglang region…

NATO allies lock in US support for stand-off with Russia

ZAGAN, POLAND/RUKLA, LITHUANIA:¬†Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, US diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly US president might try to stop more deployments in Europe. The agreement was signed just a few days before Trump's inauguration, according to a document from the Lithuanian defense ministry, and became the first step locking the new US president into a NATO strategy to deter Russia in Poland and the Baltics,…