New tensions between India and China, US monitors border conflict

The US is closely monitoring the border conflict between China and India and hopes that the countries can still reach a peaceful solution. That is what a spokesman of the US State Department says to Reuters, after India yesterday accused China of “provocative actions”.

According to India, Chinese troops attempted to cross the disputed border between the countries via a pass in the Himalayan mountains in the northern Indian region of Ladakh. India responded by mobilizing and placing troops on four strategic hills. China says that India in particular is causing extra tensions with troop movements.

Iron bars and stones

The flare-up of the conflict did not lead to fighting between the armies, as was the case in June, when at least twenty Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a confrontation. The troops would have attacked each other with iron bars and stones; there would have been no shooting

Trump wants to mediate

The border conflict between the two superpowers goes back to a short war in 1962, which was lost by India. Since then, both China and India have claimed areas on either side of the approximately 4,000 kilometer long border. Earlier this year, US President Trump said that the US is willing to mediate between the countries.