World War 3 fears: India issues new warning to China as tensions rocket

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Back in June, both countries deployed troops to the contested Galwan Valley border, in Ladakh. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a bloody conflict in the region as well as up to 35 Chinese troops.

This conflict marked the first bloody altercation between the two countries in 45 years and sparked concerns of an outbreak of war.

Following the conflict, people in India burnt Chinese products and effigies of China’s President Xi Jinping in protest.

Now, India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh has said New Delhi’s armed forces have foiled the transgression attempts made by Beijing over the contested border.

While speaking in the Los Sabha on the second day Monsoon Session of Parliament, Mr Singh said India is ready to handle any situation.

He said: “They also sent a very strong message by imposing heavy casualties on the Chinese PLA.”

Mr Singh accused China of not honouring the alignment of its boundary with India.

He argued both countries have different perceptions of the border amid the standoff between them at the Line of Actual Control.

He continued: “Both India and China agree that to maintain peace and tranquillity in the India-Chine border areas, it is essential for the further development of bilateral relations.

“There are many agreements and protocols between both the countries to maintain peace and tranquility on the border.

“We have told China through diplomatic channels that the attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements.”

Last week, both nations agreed on five points to guide their approach to the situation on the LAC.

Following talks between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, the points included disengagement of troops on the border.

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Border disputes have been ongoing since May this year after physical blows were exchanged between both sides on the North-Eastern border of Sikkim.

Local reports claimed China’s border forces had been armed with new tanks, drones and helicopters.

It was also reported the Chinese military had held high-altitude infiltration exercises in the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet, a highly contested boundary.

Around 5,000 Chinese troops were at the 2,100-mile border, according to Indian media.

As tensions rise, The Global Times claimed it was caused by “arrogance and recklessness of the Indian side”.

Back in June, the Chinese state-owned publication accused Indian officials of believing “their country’s military is more powerful than China’s”.

It wrote: “The US has wooed India with its Indo-Pacific strategy, which adds to the above mentioned misjudgment of some Indian elite.

“New Delhi must be clear that the resources that the US would invest in China-India relations are limited.

“What the US would do is just extend a lever to India, which Washington can exploit to worse India’s ties with China, and make India dedicate itself to serving Washington’s interests.”

Over the last three decades, several rounds of talks have been held attempting to resolve the dispute, with no success.

The tensions have stretched back further in time, with 2017 seeing the two counties clash over China attempting to extend a border road through a disputed plateau.

Only once has outright war been fought between the two – in 1962 which saw India suffer a devastating defeat to China.

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