The border conflict between China and India – nuclear powers to deliver deadly skirmishes Delhi and Beijing lay claim to the strategically important Region of Ladakh in the Himalayas for themselves. Now the conflict has escalated. Lea Deuber and Arne Perras from Beijing and Singapur2 Kommentare2Machtdemonstration in the border area with tanks of the Indian army to move in the vicinity of Ladakh. Image: Karel Picha (CTK Photo)

for the First time in 45 years to have died on the Indian-Chinese border soldiers. The deadly incident would be a further escalation in the disputed border area of Ladakh in the Western Himalayas. There are no deselected POI border between the two Asian nuclear powers.

the Indian army on the alert

Since mid-April, the Indian army observed in the disputed border area, the Chinese troops movements. Indian media reported, citing sources in the military that Beijing’s troops, the terrain would have achieved gains of up to 60 square kilometers, China is adamant to protect its sovereignty in the Himalayas. At the beginning of may, it came in clashes to serious fisticuffs, but the shots were not at the time, like allegedly.

Since June, there are talks between representatives of the armed forces of both sides, until the weekend rather positive signals for the course passed were from Beijing, like Delhi; it looked like a retreat on both sides to the Status quo could take place before the brawls, China spoke of a “consensus” on the further steps

“After this incident, China’s relationship with India will never be the same again.”

Brahma Chellaney, an expert on strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi,

But all of this is now in question after the violent collision in the Galwan Valley again. As the Indian military announced in a statement early Tuesday afternoon, not have it given to victims on both sides, further Details were known. Brahma Chellaney, an expert on strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research in new Delhi, spoke on Indian television but of a turning point in the relations. “After this incident, China’s relationship with India will never be the same again.”

Great mutual distrust

The sound of gloomy, even now, large prevails mutual distrust. In previous agreements, the two sides to secure to resolve disputes along the border by peaceful means. Again and again, have accused the two big powers, to provoke the other side by the allegedly improper patrols and Crossings of the disputed border line. It is not clear yet, how the soldiers died, local sources said, the men were beaten to death, but the Indian army has not confirmed this; she assured, however, that Monday night, as in all the decades before this time, no shots had fallen.

In Beijing accused India on Tuesday as the Aggressor. In a press conference of the foreign Ministry, a spokesman said, to have no information about fatalities is available. He, however, said that India’s armed forces at 15. June the consensus, so the previously jointly made concessions between the two sides to “seriously” violated. Indian soldiers had crossed the border twice illegally and Chinese units in provocative attacks involved, which would have led to serious physical conflict between the two border forces. “China has lodged a vehement Protest against the behaviour of the Indian side, and asks again, seriously, to stick to the common consensus, and to provide for further Trouble,” said the spokesman. China and India have agreed to solve bilateral problems through discussion and to contribute to bring peace in the border regions.

“India should never be arrogant towards China. China does not want conflict with India, but it has also not afraid.”

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times

The influential editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times, Hu Xijin, pushing on his Weibo channel, but a less peaceful-sounding warning afterwards: India should understand the current reluctance of China as a weakness miss, he wrote in his blog post. “India should never be arrogant towards China. China does not want conflict with India, but it has also not afraid.”

the airfield at about 5000 meters

The Galwan Valley, is one of the strategically important areas in the border area, because it is located in the immediate vicinity of a road, the India for a number of years for military purposes, and to provide expanded almost ready made. Takes you from Leh 255 kilometers far to the extreme of the Indian base at Daulat Beg Oldi, in short, DBO called, where 5065 meters is also one of the highest airfields in the world. India has taken the runway, which was unused for many years, in 2008 again in operation. But if it is true that Chinese soldiers are now advanced, as India claims, and if the people’s army positions stops a short distance from the mountain highway to DBO, this would be in case of war strategically very unfavorable for India. At the Pangong Tso, a lake further to the East, moved Chinese troops in may and refuse according to Indian Reports, so far the withdrawal.

spring maneuvers due to Corona

Delhi had cancelled its spring maneuvers in Ladakh because of the Covid-19-crisis, the spread of the Coronavirus binds in the Land of many forces. However, the border conflict that seems to escalate quickly, evokes grim memories. The border has never been conclusively determined, and the retreating British left the governments in Beijing and Delhi, an unresolved question, with a lot of potential for conflict. In India, the shame still sits deep on the Indo-Chinese war in 1962, the country could have no victory. In Beijing, you know that for a fact. India should not forget its Lessons of history, wrote chief political commentator Hu on Tuesday. He hope, the blatant threat, India would not get more lessons from China granted.

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