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India-China dispute: The border row explained in 400 words

India-China dispute: The border row explained in 400 words
Image copyright AFP Image caption India and China have accused each other of encroaching on their territory in the Himalayan region A military stand-off between India and China on their disputed border in the Himalayas has escalated into deadly clashes.In 400 words, here is all the important background to help you understand what is going…

A Chinese soldier and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China in 2008

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India and China have implicated each other of encroaching on their territory in the Himalayan region.

China accused Indian soldiers of crossing the border twice, “provoking and assaulting Chinese workers”.

Military authorities from both nations later on satisfied to “pacify the scenario”, the Indian army said.

Their armies come face to face at numerous points along the 3,440 km (2,100- mile) shared border.

That angered China, which released troops and developed facilities of its own in disputed area, bringing the two sides’ forces in closer proximity and increasing the risk of clashes.

They have combated only one war, in 1962, when India suffered an embarrassing defeat.

In recent days, army generals from India and China have actually been involved in talks intended at fixing the border row.

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Chinese soldiers safeguard their side of the border at Nathu La.

If they are not successful, there is a risk of escalation between 2 rivals who occur to be the world’s most populous nations – and have nuclear weapons.

” This is incredibly, exceptionally severe, this is going to vitiate whatever discussion was going on,” previous Indian army leader DS Hooda said, discussing Monday’s clash.

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