China-India: the duel of the ultranationalists

In the Galwan Valley, perched at an altitude of 4,300 meters on the Himalayan plateau of Ladakh, blood flowed along the river.On the night of June 15, Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed with incredible violence in extreme weather conditions.Studded battles, throwing stones, falls into a ravine, drownings and shattered skulls: such is the gruesome picture of the hand-to-hand combat that took place on the Sino-Indian border.death of 20 soldiers.China has not communicated a human toll, even if the Indian army mentions "victims on both sides".This is the first time in 45 years that this historic territorial dispute has claimed victims.

Two months later, this Saturday, August 15, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a new warning to China, during a ceremony organized for Independence Day.

"To all those who had views on the sovereignty of the country, the country's army responded with the same language," said Modi in his most important speech of the year, during which he also promised to further strengthen military capabilities.

The 1962 Sino-Indian War ended in the crushing defeat of the Indian army, and since then the two giants have faced each other along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a 3 500 kilometers serving as a demarcation, but each country interprets it in its own way, which makes the border fuzzy and arbitrary.

Posted Date: 2020-08-25

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