India China border tensions: Defense minister reveals large Chinese troop movements

Speaking to CNN-affiliate News18, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday a “significant number” of Chinese troops had moved to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

“It is true that people of China are on the border. They claim that it is their territory. Our claim is that it is our area. There has been a disagreement over it … India has done what it needs to do,” Singh said during the interview.

“We don’t want any country to bow before us, and we will not bow before any country,” Singh added.

India and China share one of the world’s longest land borders. In 1962, the two countries engaged in a bloody Himalayan border war, and tensions have continued to break out there sporadically in the decades since.

Last month, an aggressive cross-border skirmish between Chinese and Indian forces resulted in minor injuries to troops. The incident has been followed in recent weeks by unconfirmed reports of tensions in the mountainous area, though neither side had publicly acknowledged anything out of the ordinary.

On June 1, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press conference that the situation on the border was “stable and controllable.”

“The two sides can resolve related issues through the established border-related mechanisms and diplomatic channels,” he said.

Zhao’s comments came a day after the nationalistic Chinese state-run tabloid Global Times published an article previewing an array of new military weapons, which…

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