Despite withdrawal agreement, China, India strengthen their positions in the Himalayas

The noise of the boots is starting to become deafening in this year 2020, as regional and international crises are rapidly growing, and potentially major armed conflicts are emerging. And if the Sino-Indian tensions on the Himalayan plateaus of Ladakh do not make headlines in the European media, they nonetheless represent the premises of a conflict between the two largest world nations from a demographic point of view, moreover. both with nuclear weapons. Such a confrontation would, without a doubt, incalculable consequences on the world economy… Obviously, faced with the resumption of the european football cup….

If the Himalayan highlands have been an area of ​​tension between New Delhi and Beijing since the end of the 60s, this being linked to disagreements on the demarcation line serving as a border between the two countries, the confrontation took a tragic turn on June 16, 2020. , when elements of the Indian and Chinese armed forces engaged in "hand-to-hand" combat (understand without firearms), which ended in 20 deaths on the Indian side, and an unknown number of victims on the Chinese side (35 deaths according to intelligence American), constituting the first deadly clash between the two countries in 45 years. Since then, and despite announcements of withdrawals from both sides, each country has significantly strengthened its military resources in the area.

The deployment of heavy AH-64 Apache combat helicopters on the Himalayan plateau theater undoubtedly marks the rise of the Indian defensive system in the area.

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