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China, India: Troops Face off Near Disputed Border

1 MIN READSep 12, 2019 | 16:19 GMT

What Happened: Chinese and Indian troops were involved in physical altercations along Pangong Lake, which straddles the disputed border between India's Ladakh and China's Aksai Chin, but a meeting between delegations from each side eventually defused the situation, The Hindu reported Sept. 12.

Why It Matters: The most recent faceoff marks the first incident between Indian and Chinese troops since July 2018 and comes just over a month after New Delhi moved to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomous status and split the region into two territories. Beijing immediately criticized the decision, which adds another layer to the ongoing border disputes between both countries that occasionally flare up and result in small-scale confrontations.

Background: In 2017, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a 73-day standoff on the Doklam Plateau, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan. New Delhi and Beijing each administer territories that the other side claims, which includes Chinese-administered Aksai Chin and Indian-administered Arunachal Pradesh.

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