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Chinese, Indian troops clash at the Line of Actual Control

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LEH: Tensions between China and India escalated on Wednesday along their disputed border at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as troops from the two countries clashed briefly in the region.

Confrontation between the troops began near the northern bank of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh, two-thirds of which is controlled by China.

After India’s defeat in the Indo-China War of 1962, the LAC was agreed upon as a demarcation line that separated Indian-occupied territory from Chinese-controlled territory.

According to reports, tensions flared up when Indian personnel patrolling the LAC were confronted by troops of the People’s Liberation Army, resulting in both sides calling for reinforcements.

India has also planned a massive military exercise in the region along the border with China.

This development comes right when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announced he would with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a month’s time. The two are expected to discuss LAC stability and trade ties.

This is not the first time that the border troops of the two countries came face to face in the Pangong lake area of Ladakh. While the Indian side accuses the Chinese of infiltrating into their controlled territory, the Chinese accuse the Indians in return.

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