India-China Border Tensions : The Worst Clash
India and China's Rivalry : Worst Clash in Decades
India and China share a border quite 3,440km (2,100 miles) long and have overlapping territorial claims. Their border patrols often encounter one another , leading to occasional scuffles but each side insist no bullet has been fired in four decades.
India's top defence establishment authorities are holding strategic meetings, each day after a minimum of 20 Indian Army personnel including a colonel were killed during a fierce clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night.
The latest conflict is that the biggest confrontation between the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) since their 1967 clashes in Nathu La when India lost around 80 soldiers while over 300 Chinese army personnel were killed within the confrontation.
Reports from various sources indicates that the Chinese side too suffered significant casualties, including the commandant of the unit killed within the confrontation.
India & China, - have the world's largest armies - come face to face at many points. The poorly demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC) separates the 2 sides.
Rivers, lakes and snowcaps mean the road separating soldiers can shift and they often compared to confrontation.
In this regard Mr Shukla says, "The peaceful Galwan River has now become a hotspot for both the countries because this is the place where the LAC is closer to the new road which India has built alongside Shyok River to Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) - the foremost remarkable area along the LAC in Ladakh,"
India's decision to build up infrastructure seems to possess infuriated Beijing. Chinese state-run media outlet Global Times said categorically that the Galwan Valley region is mainly in Chinese territory, so therefore the local border control situation was very clear."
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