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India and China troops clash along Himalayan border

India and China troops clash along Himalayan border”

Amid Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Sikkim sector, an Indian Express report today said that Modi government and Donald Trump administration of the USA have chose to set up a new dialogue between defence and foreign ministers of the two countries. Chinese troops had managed to enter up to Finger Four area in the region of Ladakh from where they were sent back.

Meanwhile, the Army has also issued a statement saying that India's 70th Independence Day on Tuesday was "well celebrated all across border areas". However, there were reports of troops from both sides exchanging candies on the occasion on Tuesday.

China on Wednesday said it was not aware of a skirmish between its troops and Indian soldiers in Ladakh region and stated that its border troops always patrol on the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Indian and Chinese forces have already been locked in an over two-month-long standoff at Doklam and Nathu La.

Personnel from both sides received minor injuries in the ensuing stone-pelting and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.

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India's worries over Chinese repeated border crossings into Kashmir's Ladakh region has seen massive Indian army built up in the cold desert in recent years.

When Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying was asked for a comment on the same, she replied: "I am not aware of the information". However, China is unlikely to appreciate the growing closeness of India and the US.

The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but clashes are rare. This area has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory.

The article predicted that India-China relationship is "highly-likely to enter into a confrontational stage" and the ongoing standoff is also a "turning point" in Sino-Indian ties.



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