Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Sino-India Stand-off

Shortly after China built a road near the Doklam or Donglang plateau and valley claimed by both the People's Republic and Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom, India began paving a road near the disputed Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh, a move Chinese state media has warned could provoke a conflict. 

Since the beginning of May several aggressive incidents have taken place in Eastern Ladakh. India and China both claim territory along the Himalayas. Their border dispute goes back decades.

Nationalist posturing adopted by both nations have soured relations. Xi called on his military to step up its combat preparedness. Modi reportedly met with top military and security officials over the situation at the border with China. High-level Indian and Chinese military commanders have met at designated points along the LAC (line of actual control) on May 22nd and May 23rd to defuse the current situation in Eastern Ladakh.

1 comment:

ajohnstone said...

The situation continues and is escalating

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a disputed Himalayan border area, Indian officials say.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said India had crossed the border twice on Monday, "provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides", AFP news agency reported.