CHINA has sparked concerns of an upcoming military conflict with India over an ongoing frontier dispute after Beijing was reported to have deployed an increasing number of troops to the border.
By Aurora Bosotti 13:53, Sun, Jun 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:59, Sun, Jun 7, 2020
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China and India have been engaged in a dispute over their shared border in the region of Ladakh since 1947, with the two nuclear-armed countries repeatedly coming close to full-out conflict over the years. Concerns of a war between the two countries reignited this week after China was reported to have amassed troops along the frontier with India. Reporting from Dehli, DW correspondent Nimisha Jaiswal said: “There are definitely concerns because we are talking about two massive nuclear-armed nations.
“But in India especially there is a difference between what happens when we are in conflict with Pakistan versus when India sees a conflict with China.
“The king of aggressive almost-jingoism that we see, and posturing that we see with Pakistan is largely absent when it comes to China.
“Analysts believe this could because of China’s conventional warfare military superiority.”
Ms Jaiswal claimed India has been increasingly trying to put pressure on the trade ties linking it to China, with members of the public being urged to download and delete Chinese apps in an attempt to cause economic losses to Chinese tech companies.
China and India have been embroiled in a dispute over Ladakh since 1947 (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “On the other hand, we also see Indians coming together to try to clamp down on trade ties with China.
“For example, a removed China app became very popular in India in the last two weeks because of the fact they were trying to remove all Chinese apps from their phones.
“Indian celebrities have also come out saying stop buying Chinese products, hit them where it hurts.
“But there is a $90 billion trade between the two countries and downloading and removing a few apps is probably not going to have a damaging effect on the Asian giant.”Brussels talks falter
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Military commanders from India and China met at the border on Sunday morning in a bid to resolve the tension without exchanging any fire.
The Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “It took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere.
“Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border regions are essential for the overall development of bilateral relations.”
The statement added: “Both sides also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship.”
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China and India both have over a hundred nuclear weapons at their disposal (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
China had previously suggested the increasing number of troops was the result of Indian officer transpassing into Chinese territory, a claim India refuted.
US President Donald Trump allegedly had offered earlier this month to act as a mediator between Beijing and New Dehli to avoid a potential skirmish.
But Government officials denied President Trump had contacted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent weeks.
And China also dismissed suggestions the US could help ease the tension as Beijing insisted the two countries would resolve their issues through dialogue and consultation.