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‘Violent Face-off’: Indian Soldiers Killed In Border Dispute With Chinese Military, First Deaths In 30 Years
In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, A Chinese soldier gestures as he stands near an Indian soldier on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. When the two Asian giants opened the 4,500-metre-high (15,000 feet) pass in 2006 to improve ties dogged by a bitter war in 1962 that saw the route closed for 44 years, many on both sides hoped it would boost trade. Two years on, optimism has given way to despair as the flow of traders has shrunk to a trickle because of red tape, poor facilities and sub-standard roads in India's remote northeastern mountainous state of Sikkim.

Three Indian troops — an Army officer and two soldiers — were killed on Monday by the soldiers from communist China amid an ongoing border dispute between the world’s two most populated nations, both of which are also nuclear powers.

The incident comes amid a weeks-long stand-off between the two nations in the Galwan valley in western Himalayas which features “both accusing each other of trespassing into the other’s territory,” Reuters reported. According to the Indian Army, a “face-off” between the two sides on Monday turned deadly, with both sides suffering casualties.

“During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides,” the Indian Army said. “The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”

The New York Times reported that preliminary reports indicated that the soldiers that were killed had not been shot, but had been killed in “a rock-throwing melee that was similar to fights that broke out last month along the border and seriously injured several soldiers on both sides.”

The incident marked the first time in more than 30 years that soldiers from either side were killed in skirmishes along the border.

“Last month, Chinese troops confronted Indian soldiers at several remote border points in the Himalayas, some more than 1,000 miles apart. Since then, both armies have rushed in thousands of reinforcements along what is known as the Line of Actual Control, the precise location of which can be blurry,” The Times added. “Indian analysts say that China has beefed up its forces with dump trucks, excavators, troop carriers, artillery and armored vehicles, and that China is now occupying Indian territory.”

Military analysts told the Times that China is becoming more aggressive in defending its territorial claims, which comes after the communist nation repeatedly lied about the coronavirus pandemic that broke out in Wuhan.

The global backlash to China’s lies about the coronavirus pandemic has led to a top Chinese think tank that is affiliated with China’s military to conclude that the communist nation needs to be prepared for a potential armed conflict to break out with the United States.

“The report, presented early last month by the Ministry of State Security to top Beijing leaders including President Xi Jinping, concluded that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown,” Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the document. “As a result, Beijing faces a wave of anti-China sentiment led by the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic and needs to be prepared in a worst-case scenario for armed confrontation between the two global powers, according to people familiar with the report’s content, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.”

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