India’s Modi visits Himalayan border where troops clashed with China

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew into the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh on Friday, officials said, weeks after Indian and Chinese troops clashed on their disputed border there, escalating tension between the Asian giants.

Modi, who has been under pressure to respond to what India deems Chinese incursions, met troops at a base in Ladakh’s Nimu area, pictures from ANI showed.

Officials said Modi was accompanied by the chief of defense staff, General Bipin Rawat, and the chief of the army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

In this handout photograph taken on July 3, 2020 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB), India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) sits during a briefing with military commanders as he arrives in Leh, the joint capital of the union territory of Ladakh.

India and China have traded blame for triggering the high-altitude brawl in the Galwan Valley on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed and at least 76 were injured.

China has not disclosed how many casualties its troops suffered.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have amassed troops along the border, most of which remain disputed, and military and diplomatic talks are going on to de-escalate the confrontation.

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