China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border

No shots have been fired, as the de facto border code dictates, but the soldiers have fought fiercely with rocks, wooden clubs and their hands in a handful of clashes. In one melee at the glacial lake Pangong Tso, several Indian troops were hurt badly enough that they had to be evacuated by helicopter, and Indian analysts said Chinese troops were injured as well.

Nobody thinks China and India are about to go to war. But the escalating buildup has turned into their most serious confrontation since 2017 and may be a sign of more trouble to come as the world’s two most populous countries increasingly bump up against each other in one of the bleakest and most remote borderlands on earth.

President Trump, unsolicited, stepped in on Wednesday, offering on Twitter to mediate what he called “a raging border dispute.”

For India, the Chinese incursions and maneuvers at multiple points along the more than 2,100-mile border have raised suspicions of a concerted campaign to exert pressure on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With the world consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, China has acted forcefully to defend its territorial claims, including in the Himalayas. In recent weeks, the Chinese have sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea; swarmed a Malaysian offshore oil rig; menaced Taiwan; and severely tightened their grip on the semiautonomous region of Hong Kong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can fully understand why both China and India are treating President Trump as though he were Kryptonite; because unfortunately, on both the national and international stages, he has been, throughout much of his first term as President.

But SOMEONE with some geopolitical integrity left (Sergei Lavrov, are you "feelin' me" this morning?!?) needs to be "working the phones" between Beijing and New Delhi, and ratcheting down the tension here, because one stupid blunder on either side could send this region into a smoldering "hot war" in a heartbeat.

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