New clashes erupted this weekend between Chinese and Indian troops along their shared border in the Himalayas. At least one soldier with India’s special forces was killed in the incident.
On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused the Indian government of “severely undermining China’s territorial sovereignty,” and said that the conflict was India’s fault. Additionally, Chinese diplomats have denied that anyone even died in the incident.
The government of India says that China was doing military moves along the border in an apparent attempt to redraw the boundaries, and they say that the conflict was China’s fault.
This is not the first time that a conflict like this has taken place along the shared border between the two countries, in fact, multiple soldiers on both sides were killed in a conflict earlier this year.
Tensions have been building between the two countries for months, and many geopolitical researchers were expecting these tensions to boil over at any moment. For the past several months, the armies of each country have been massing more and more troops along the border in a show of force. However, the root of this conflict goes back for generations, because the borders between these two countries were drawn out by British aristocrats during colonial times. Unfortunately, neither side can agree on where the borders should actually be.
The conflict earlier this year was the first fatal clash between India and China since 1975, who fought a border war in 1962. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with military chiefs twice as India discussed how to proceed.
Indian troops have violated the consensus reached at the multi-level talks between #India and #China and again crossed the line of actual control at the border on Monday and purposely launched provocations: PLA Western Theater Command pic.twitter.com/drzZTMHpgW
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 31, 2020
There have been 20 rounds of negotiation in attempts to help mediate this crisis, but thus far all talks have been unsuccessful.
This latest conflict could have implications for the United States and NATO as well, considering that India is a close ally, and diplomacy with China continues to fall apart for many western nations.
During the conflict in June, 20 Indian soldiers along with 43 Chinese soldiers were killed at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. In that case, each side also blamed the other, and either side refuses to accept any potential guilt in any of the conflicts.