India under the shock of the death of its soldiers, silence in China

L'Inde sous le choc de la mort de ses soldats, silence en Chine

NEW DELHI | hanging military killer in the Himalayas between India and China on Wednesday in the indian press, contrasting with the silence of Beijing on this fight without precedent for more than 40 years, which has caused the death of at least 20 indian soldiers.

In the night of Monday to Tuesday, the troops of the two asian giants clashed in a melee of extreme violence in a valley at over 4,000 m altitude in the mountainous desert of Ladakh (northern India), where their border is the subject of a longstanding dispute.

The two armies are engaged in the last few weeks in several face-to-face tense along their disputed frontier, mainly in Ladakh, and have sent thousands of reinforcements. They had agreed ten days ago to a de-escalation in some of the disputed areas.

New Delhi and Beijing reject mutually the responsibility of the confrontation killer, the first in 45 years between the two most populous nations on the planet. India spoke of the victims “on both sides”, but China has remained silent on potential victims in its ranks.

The confrontation did on Wednesday in the headlines of indian newspapers, supplanting even the pandemic of coronavirus that has been raging in the countries of South Asia.

“The provocation is serious,” writes the daily Indian Express in its editorial calling on India to “keep a cool head” and “to respond with a quiet reflection and a will of iron”.

New Delhi must “be prepared to rock climbing,” but “by being aware of what that implies for the future”, writes the newspaper. Some tv channels ultra-nationalist praise the “martyrs” who fell in front and use the hashtags #ChineMustPay (#LaChineDoitPayer).

To the contrary, the other side of the Himalayas, the grand journal television chinese national on Tuesday evening has not breathed a word of the incident at the border.

On Wednesday, several chinese newspapers simply reproduce on their site, but not in the printed version, the press release of the ministry of Defence calling India for restraint.

In an editorial, the daily nationalist Global Times, published in both chinese and English, explains that Beijing refuses to disclose the number of victims of the chinese “in order to avoid comparisons and to prevent an escalation of the sense of confrontation”.

Appeals for calm

The two asian capitals have reiterated on Tuesday their commitment to resolve this crisis through diplomatic channels, of a “peaceful solution” is also desired by the united nations and Washington.

“We are far from the Third world war, but it is an explosive situation and a dangerous one between two nuclear powers, the nationalists at a time when american influence has diminished considerably,” said Abraham Denmark, Asia programme director of the american think tank the Wilson Center.

India and China have several territorial disputes of long standing, in the areas of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh (east).

The confrontations in areas of mountainous terrain between the armies of india and china have become more frequent in recent years, the administration’s Trump interprets as the sign of an aggressive growing chinese in Asia.

In early may, fighting with fists, stones and sticks were especially opposed to the military of the two countries in the region of Sikkim (east India), resulting in several casualties.

The chinese troops had also advanced in areas that are considered by India as being located on its territory in Ladakh, prompting New Delhi to send reinforcements in the region.

The previous altercation deadly between indian army and chinese dated back to 1975, when four indian soldiers had lost their lives in Arunachal Pradesh. No ball has been pulled over the indochinese border since.

The last open conflict between the two most populous nations on the planet dates back to the war-flash of 1962, which had seen the indian troops quickly defeated by the chinese army.

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