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00:00:02
>> On a mountainous slither of land, a tit for tat between two global superpowers is escalating quickly. China is accusing India of concocting excuses for sending guards illegally into its territory back in June, constructing work on a road that its northern neighbor feels could threaten its security. Reuters' Ben Blanchard explains why that is.
00:00:23
>> This particular stretch of land is in a very strategic location. It's on sort of a pinch point between the border of where China, India, and Bhutan meet each other. India's fear would be that in the event of crisis China's forces are actually very close to the border, very close to this pinch point, and they could presume to just cross over and maybe cutoff India from India's northeastern states.
00:00:47
>> Beijing has even gone as far as to release these images, with crude edits to match, claiming to show Indian troops crossing over. Just last week, China's Defense Ministry warned its southern neighbor not to underestimate its military's ability to defend its territory. Diplomats though are trying to calm the rhetoric ahead of next month's BRICS emerging market summit, which Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi will both be attending.
00:01:11
>> China would like the summit to be a symbol of friendship, of cooperation, of brotherhood, between these five major developing economies. Really does not want something like this overshadowing it. So there's a bit of a balancing act going on between China at the moment. China would like to be a good host, but at the same time, China does not want to be seen by any party, particularly a domestic audience, to be signing away Chinese territory.
00:01:35
>> But with China's latest comments, border tensions may drive an even bigger wedge between two equally skeptical leaders.