India-China FACE-OFF: Armoured tanks in brutal border showdown – World War fears explode

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An image shared on social media shows armoured vehicles on both sides lined up against each other along the 2,000-mile border months after a bloody altercation took place in the Galwan Valley.

Since the image was revealed, pro-Beijing news sites have boasted of the prowess of their Type-15 tanks.

The state-run China.com wrote: “India has been operating on the western border for many years and has many practices in the use of tanks and armoured vehicles.

“However, the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) was able to quickly form an advantage in the number of tanks at specific locations, and the level of equipment and technology was immediately superior.”

This comes after the Times of India reported this week China had moved around 10,000 troops up to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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According to news outlets, there are around 35 Chinese tanks close to India-occupied outposts.

Last year, tensions between Beijing and New Delhi reached boiling point following a bloody clash between troops at the contested border.

This marks the first bloody altercation in 45 years as around 35 Chinese troops died and 20 Indian soldiers.

During the altercation, both sides agreed to disarm in order to deal with the border clash but tensions rose and a physical altercation erupted.

All the casualties were from the use of batons, knives and falls from the steep land.

Both sides began formulating a disengagement plan to withdraw the troops from the region but talks have appeared to fallen through.

Today, General Manoj Makund Naravene of India’s Armed Forces, praised the Galwan Valley “bravehearts” during Army Day 2021 in New Delhi.

He said the army took “swift action during the India-China LAC standoff” to protect the border.

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The general added: “We are committed to finding the resolution of our disputes through discussions and political efforts but no one should test our patience.”

Last week, a Chinese soldier was arrested by Indian troops after he strayed over the border.

A statement from the Indian Army said: “The PLA soldier is being dealt with as per laid down procedures and circumstances under which he had crossed the LAC are being investigated.”

But China retaliated by saying: “India should strictly abide by the relevant agreements between the two countries and promptly transfer the missing person to China, to help with cooling and de-escalating the China-Indian border situation.”

Back in September, Daniel Markey, the senior research professor in international relations at John Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies in Washington, said both nations depend on each other.

Mr Markey argued China recognises India is a “problematic neighbour” but claims they can see “huge opportunities”.

He told Express.co.uk: “For the Chinese, they to recognise that India is a bit of a problematic neighbour but there are huge opportunities there.

“Even after it has pushed military along the LAC with India in these ways, I don’t think China has seriously wanted to court a war-like scenario.

“I think what they wanted to do is revise some tactical realities of that border.”

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