Last night, the world woke up to yet another World War 3 alarm after a violent faceoff between nuclear powers India vs China in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed while China suffered an undisclosed number of casualties, triggering social media enthusiasm once let down by the U.S vs Iran faceoff earlier this year.
But what exactly transpired?
Reports claim a fight erupted after soldiers from both sides came face to face at a rocky terrain border area in the Galwan valley.
Because of a long-standing pact between the two sides at that region, when patrolling the area, both army personnel aren’t allowed to carry guns or any weapon. So they brawled with sticks, bats and bamboo sticks studded with nails.
Indian army confirmed it lost 20 of its soldiers while China has not disclosed its casualties. But speculations are that China suffered more than 40 casualties which includes the injured and those dead.
India has lost before, a humiliating loss it was.
Chances are, it suffered a lot more casualties than China even on this hand to hand combat.
Why The India vs China Fight?
India and China have been on each other’s throat for over decades.
The fight is about who controls a certain region and what one must/mustn’t do in the area.
According to military experts, the two sides blame each other as they accuse one another of “changing the status quo” of the region.
India shares a more than 3,440km (2,100 miles) long border with China between China’s Tibet and India’s Ladakh – with Galwan Valley demarcating the two regions through a Line of Actual Contol which overlaps territorial claims in many points.
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This line of control is poorly demarcated because it follows rivers, lakes and snowcaps, which geologically cant be relied on for they constantly change. And once they do, like recently – both armies find themselves closer to each other than ever propelling such fights.
What triggered the recent faceoff was India’s construction of a road near the Galwan valley.
China is opposed to any Indian construction in the area, saying it is disputed territory.
Besides, this road could boost Delhi’s capability to move men and materiel rapidly in case of conflict since its connecting to a high-altitude forward airbase which it reactivated in 2008.
So China felt threatened.
And, as a response to Indian actions, reports say that in early May, Chinese forces put up tents, dug trenches and moved heavy equipment several kilometres inside what had been regarded by India as its territory.
The two nuclear powers have had at least 3 deadly confrontations of such magnitude, the last being about 45 years ago in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Both sides have had fruitless talks over the region to diffuse tensions but no resounding terms have been agreed on.
The recent scare was inevitable and worse confrontations are expected, according to military experts.
A recent video claims China is moving in more heavy military-grade weapons to the region while India too has made some preps for the possible confrontations.
However, U.N and other countries have called for a truce. Both superpowers stand to lose from a deadly confrontation.