Himalayas: rising tensions between India and China in the Ladakh region

The Indian and Chinese armies face each other while hundreds of Chinese soldiers have invested an area in Ladakh considered by New Delhi as part of its territory.

Tension is mounting between India and China. Soldiers of the two Asian giants are engaged in several face-to-face meetings stretched along the approximately 3,500 kilometers of their common border, mainly in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, in the north of India.

According to Indian security sources, hundreds of Chinese soldiers have invested an area in Ladakh considered by New Delhi to be part of its territory, which is disputed by China. Two weeks ago, in the Sikkim region, east of India, soldiers from both nations were also injured in clashes with punches and stones.

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In 2017, Indian and Chinese soldiers spent 72 days eye to eye on a strategic Himalayan plateau in the Bhutan region. Talks had led to military disengagement from the two sides.

India and China have several territorial disputes, in the sectors of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. The two countries clashed in a lightning war in 1962, which saw Indian soldiers quickly defeated by Chinese troops.

Donald Trump offers mediation

Last week Alice Wells, head of South Asia at the US State Department, interpreted the confrontation as a sign that China is seeking to upset the regional balance and called for “resistance” to this push. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered mediation in the ongoing confrontation.

“We have informed India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their currently raging border dispute,” said Donald Trump on Twitter.

The White House tenant had already offered to mediate between India and Pakistan last year over the disputed region of Kashmir. New Delhi, which considers this subject as a bilateral issue, had firmly rejected this initiative.

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