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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 7.12.20
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

CHINA, INDIA FACE-OFF IN LADAKHON

We all seem to be so focused on Covid-19 that nothing else in the world matters. Reality is that many other things in the world do matter, and not just to the remote part of the world where they are happening.

One example is the fighting on June 15th between India and China in the Galwan river valley in Ladakhon.

One might ask: Where in the hell is that? Well, it is where China and India bump into each other and where there is no official border.

There is a 'line of actual control' where the two militaries face off against each other, as shown in the BBC map. This area, with its harsh climate and high-altitude terrain (15,000 feet), is close to Aksai Chin, a disputed area claimed by India but controlled by China

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There was no gunfire but at least 20 Indian troops were killed, and 76 Indian soldiers were injured in clashes with Chinese border forces in which stones and clubs were used as weapons. Also, apparently some deaths resulted from soldiers being pushed off the cliffs.

China has not released any information about its casualties; one more incident of Chinese secrecy. The deaths during the fighting were the first fatalities in clashes between the two sides in almost half a century and were probably limited because under an agreement dating back to 1996, neither side carries guns or explosives in the area.

The first link [below] is to a podcast where Brookings Senior Fellow Tanvi Madan lays out potential motivations for China's escalation, and how it may affect India's internal priorities and external relationships, including with the United States.

The second link is to a piece on the South China Morning Post website, which has two videos showing the area, its people, and the militaries.

The third link is to Wikipedia describing the South China Morning Post. It discusses the recent changes in its ownership. I think the South China Morning Post is one of those elements in Hong Kong that will be eliminated by the new Chinese security push into Hong Kong.

https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/whats-fueling-the-india-china-border-skirmish/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3092369/chinas-military-using-spider-excavators-build-roads-near-indian
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Morning_Post

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