China, India Continue Belligerent Talk At Border in Himalayas — But Hopes Grow for a Easing of Tensions

Peace and Freedom

HIMALAYAN STANDOFF TO EASE?

An attempt by the Chinese military to construct a road in the Doklam area near the Bhutan trijunction has led to one of the most tense situations on the Himalayan ranges that divide China and India.

The standoff, now three weeks old, has seen both Asian giants push troops to the region and belligerent talk has been heard from both sides.

This file photo taken on July 10, 2008, shows a Chinese soldier next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India’s north-eastern Sikkim state. PHOTO: AFP

The strains in the relationship have been so severe that China declined an Indian request for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the ongoing G-20 summit.

What exactly happened?

Bhutan, which claims the territory on which the Chinese wanted to construct the defence class road, calls the area Doklam…

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