India-China Tensions Spike in the Himalayas

India-China Tensions Spike in the Himalayas
(AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian and Chinese troops will likely continue to face off for the long-haul this winter in Eastern Ladakh.

Between October 20, 1975 and June 15, 2020, no Indian or Chinese troops died along the two countries’ disputed border. That changed on June 15, when 20 Indians and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a brawl. In recent days, the situation has heated up again, with another reported Indian casualty, ending a 76-day period without any deaths. As Ajai Shukla reported recently, Nyima Tenzin of India’s Special Frontier Force (SFF), an elite border unit, was killed in a shadowy operation.

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