In the press

China and India play blame game after first deadly violence on border in 45 years


IN THE PAPERS - Wednesday, June 17: We look at how the Indian and Chinese papers are reacting to the first episode of deadly violence on the Kashmir border in 45 years. Also, Netflix founder Reed Hastings is building a secret retreat for public school teachers, England forward Marcus Rashford becomes a national "working class" hero for forcing the government to backtrack on school meal vouchers and finally, an Austrian man is fined for farting very loudly!


The blame game is being played out in the Indian and Chinese papers after tensions on the disputed Kashmir border killed dozens on both sides. Tensions have been brimming since China sent troops to the area in April and their refusal to leave has led to mostly brawling and shouting. The Indian daily Deccan Chronicle blames China for killing soldiers in the hours-long combat and says that the relationship between China and India is now "in tatters".

The state-run Chinese paper Global Times, meanwhile, on its front page, urges India to show restraint. It accuses India of breaking its promises and illegally crossing the The Line of Actual Control. The editors acknowledge Chinese casualties but focus on attacking the "recklessness and arrogance" of India.

Moving on to other news, Netflix's billionaire founder Reed Hastings is building a luxury secret retreat in rural Colorado to train public school teachers. A former teacher himself, Hastings has made education reform a cornerstone of his activism. The retreat will feature hot springs, a sauna and forest trails. But most people in the sleepy rural town are unhappy about yet another billionaire splashing his cash in a secret project. You can read about that in Vox

There's one man making the front pages of the British dailies today: England forward Marcus Rashford. The 22-year-old footballer has become a national hero after his impassioned campaign essentially forced the government to extend school meal vouchers for impoverished schoolchildren this summer. Rashford 1, Johnson 0, the I says. 

We end with a bizarre story out of Austria where a man has been fined €500 for passing wind very loudly near police! The incident occurred last month with police defending their actions, saying the man offended public decency, but that passing wind is of course not an offense in itself! That's in today's Guardian.

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