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The Sino-Indian ‘info war’


Last week, India’s largest news agency, Press Trust of India, became an unlikely casualty of the Sino-Indian border stand-off in the Ladakh frontier after drawing ‘friendly fire’ from independent Indian commentators. The proximate ‘provocation’ was an interview that PTI had conducted with the Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong, which covered the June 15 clash, and the broader bilateral relationship. The Chinese Embassy published three ‘soft-ball’ questions, as from the interview, and the Ambassador’s responses, and they predictably peddled the official Chinese line and blamed India for the border flare-up. PTI later claimed that the Q&A as published ...


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