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>> New violence ratcheting up tension on India's disputed border with China. The two rivals have been locked in a standoff close to Bhutan since June. Now, sources say Indian troops have been forced to hold off Chinese soldiers armed with rods and stones after they tried to enter another area claimed by New Delhi in the western Himalaya's on Tuesday.
There have been no reports of gunfire, but scuffles apparently caused injuries on both sides. As Reuters Doug Busvine reports, it's the latest flare up in a very uneasy summer.>> Tensions can and do flare up along the China, India frontier, which runs for 3,500 kilometers. What's different this time is that the situation is not deescalating.
China has kept up a rhetorical onslaught against India, both officials and the state media. Some experts speculate that Beijing is trying to isolate and punish New Delhi for opposing its so called Belt and Road initiative. Well, that's a plan to build new trade routs and includes a $57 billion economic corridor that runs trough Pakistan, India's arch rival.
>> Despite mounting tensions between the two armies, no shots have been fired. The rods and stones apparently used by the Chinese soldiers indicating an unusual mentality in an increasingly hostile situation.>> Chinese and Indian troops haven't actually shot at each other since the war of 1962, both sides know that the moments shots are fired there's a grave risk of military escalation.
So what you have is a form of ritualized encounter. This can include a thing called jostling where a soldier will put his arms behind his back and physically confront his opponent like that.>> The clash came as India celebrated 70 years of independence, though Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoided all mention of foreign policy in his national address.
He's due to attend a summit of emerging nations alongside China next month, where border clashes could make for an awkward elephant in the room.