Tensões militares agravam-se na fronteira Índia-China
June 17, 2020 -
O pior confronto fronteiriço entre a Índia e a China em mais de 40 anos
causou a morte a 20 soldados indianos e agravou as tensões entre vizinhos com armas nucleares que se vêem cada vez mais como rivais estratégicos.
At least 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, died of severe injuries suffered in sub-zero temperatures, Indian officials said, after the two sides threw rocks and traded blows in the culmination of a months-long standoff in the Galwan Valley near the Line of Actual Control that separates the two countries.
No shots were fired because neither side’s patrolling soldiers carry firearms, in accordance with the terms of the unresolved border dispute, Indian officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose information.
Still, it was the worst violence since 1962, when a war over completing claims on the remote Himalayan area ended with an uneasy truce.
Thousands of soldiers backed by armored trucks and artillery have been facing off near the border. Scuffles are not uncommon, but Indian authorities say China upped the ante when its troops breached the line of control.
China accused Indian forces of carrying out “provocative attacks” on its troops. It did not say if any of its soldiers died.
- India, China troops clash at Himalayan border, casualties on both sides (Reuters)
- Twenty Indian soldiers killed in clash with Chinese troops in Himalayas (FT)
- Military tensions mount on the India-China border (The Economist)
- Worst Clash in Decades on Disputed India-China Border Kills 20 Indian Troops (NYT)
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