US military exercise will be held near Chinese borderline
(MENAFN) According to CNN, the US and Indian militaries will conduct joint exercises in the Himalayan mountains in October, less than 100 kilometers from India's disputed border with China. The announcement comes amid rising tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan, as well as clashes between India and China along their mountain border.
An Indian army officer told CNN on Saturday that the drills will take place in mid-October near the town of Auli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Auli is located on the southern Himalayan slopes, and the exercises will focus on warfare at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters).
Auli is also approximately 95 kilometers (59 miles) from the Line of Actual Control, which divides India and China. While both sides claim territory on the other side of this line, it has served as the two countries' de facto border since the end of the Sino-Indian War in 1962.
In 2020, fighting erupted along this line after China objected to India's construction of a road through its claimed territory. India claimed to have lost approximately 20 troops, while China claimed to have lost four.
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