India and China deployed in ‘large numbers’ in border showdown

SpaceWar.com reports: “India acknowledged for the first time Thursday that it has matched China in massing troops at their contested Himalayan border region after a deadly clash this month.

But India’s foreign ministry accused China of causing the tensions by starting military deployments, and warned relations between the world’s two most populous nations could be undermined if the standoff continues.

The neighbours have blamed each other for a June 15 battle in the Ladakh region in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed while China suffered an unknown number of casualties.

While each has said it wants to de-escalate the territorial showdown, India’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said ‘both sides remain deployed in large numbers in the region, while military and diplomatic contacts are continuing’…”

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