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India-China border conflict escalates

In another incident of a now long-running border dispute between the world’s 2nd and 6th largest economy, Chinese troops tried to occupy land near the Southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake on 29 and 30th August. The swift development of Indian troops blocked this attempt by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Fortunately, there were no physical clashes between the soldiers on both sides.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed through a statement on 31st August that another two separate incidents took place to change the status quo on the ground by China but Indian troops were able to stave off these advances also. Since the violent faceoff in Galway valley, India and China have been involved in diplomatic talks to resolve the border issue. However, five rounds of talks between Indian and Chinese military talks have not led to a breakthrough.

Since this incident, a high-level meeting has taken place involving top officials of the Defence ministry and our armed forces where they decided to heighten the vigilance along the borders of China, Bhutan and Nepal. This decision has been conveyed to the respective organizations guarding the borders. The Indian Army has taken up positions along dominating peaks on the Indian side of the LAC, but not very far from the Chinese posts, heightening the chances of a localized conflict. The Brigade Commander-level talks will continue in Chilsul to resolve this impasse as the talks in the last two days didn’t produce any outcome

China’s recent actions on the ground completely contradict their actions through diplomatic channels as they show a willingness to resolve this conflict through talks. However, our defence establishment claims they are ready to face China’s deceitful tactics and are still deliberating to come to a consensus. India cannot afford to let this situation escalate as then they face the prospect of a two-way war against collusive military allies Pakistan and China. With the economy’s condition, the government can’t afford to foot a large-scale war.

Reporter: Rishit Roy

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