Images of India-China Tank Face-Off on Disputed Himalayan Border Area Go Viral

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Thousands of troops have reportedly been deployed to the region of the India-China border in the Himalayas following the first deadly clash between the two countries since 1975, which resulted in the death of at least 20 Indian soldiers, according to New Delhi.

Images of Chinese and Indian tanks staring each other down from only a few hundred metres away on the disputed Himalayan border have been widely shared on Chinese media.

​The pictures show a lineup of armoured vehicles alongside encampments dotted along the 2,000-mile border, which played host to a deadly skirmish in June 2020, as scores of soldiers from both sides were reportedly killed in hand-to-hand combat. 

The image of the tank standoff was first shared on Chinese social media site Weibo by a “military blogger” before being picked up by pro-Beijing news sites.

​Earlier in the week, China.com published an article touting the superiority of the Chinese Type 15 tanks over India’s T-17 and T-90s.

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash with Chinese forces at the disputed Himalayan border last year, according to Indian officials, in the first deadly conflict in the area for at least 45 years. Beijing has yet to publish information about its own casualties. 

India’s External Affairs Ministry had accused China of breaking an agreement to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley.

Since the fight in 2020, India and China have deployed thousands of…

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