Beijing accuses New Delhi of ‘severe military provocation’ but India denies its soldiers crossed the disputed border.
Tensions along the India-China border have flared-up once again after Chinese and Indian officials accused each other’s soldiers of firing warning shots. According to the Chinese officials, Chinese troops approached the India side for negotiations, then the Indian troops fired at the Chinese side.
It’s the first time the two have fired shot’s in the disputed border or as it’s been called by China and Indian officals call it , The Line of Actual Control, in four decades. Both sides have assembled troops to the area and both sides have traded blame.
Both sides have sent troops to the disputed Himalayan border, which sits at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres or (13,500 feet).
Line of Actual Control
The Line of Actual Control is a loose demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory in the Sino-Indian border dispute. The term was first used by Zhou Enlai in a 1959 letter to Jawaharlal Nehru. wiki
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