Officer, two soldiers killed in 'violent faceoff' on border with China: India - British Herald
January 21, 2022
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Officer, two soldiers killed in ‘violent faceoff’ on border with China: India

NEW DELHI (INDIA) – The Indian army said on Tuesday one of its officers and two soldiers were killed in a “violent faceoff” on the contested border with China, the first such incident in decades between the two nuclear powers.

India and China have been engaged in a standoff in the western Himalayas for weeks, though there had been no casualties on either side.

The latest incident took place in the Galwan Valley in the mountainous region of Ladakh, said a statement of the Indian army.

The statement said senior military officials from both sides were meeting to defuse the situation.

China’s foreign ministry said it was unaware of the incident and warned India not to take unilateral action or foment trouble.

The two nations stake claims to vast swathes of territory along their 3,500 km (2,173 mile) Himalayan border, but the disputes have remained largely peaceful since a border war in 1962.

India’s main stock indexes gave up earlier gains after the news, and were last up about 0.4% each at 0740 GMT, while the rupee weakened to 76.04 to the dollar.

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