China and India clash at the border with clubs and rocks

(Was it Einstein who said that World War III will be fought with sticks and stones?)


At least 20 Indian soldiers have diedafter a brawl with Chinese troops as the world’s two most populous countries — both nuclear powers — fought in the Himalayas using clubs and rocks.

Three of the soldiers were killed during the fighting, though no shots were fired. An Indian military spokesman said 17 others had succumbed later to injuries in the freezing terrain, 14,000 feet above sea level.

The violence is a continuation of a long-running dispute over the precise location of the countries’ jagged Himalayan border, known as the Line of Actual Control, established after a war in 1962. Despite occasional clashes, the deaths this week were the first military casualties along the border in decades.

Via New York Times

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