PUBLISHED: 08:42, Mon, Sep 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:50, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Despite multiple rounds of high-level military talks aimed at brokering a deal to de-escalate the situation, both countries remain locked in a bitter dispute. In the latest escalation of the ongoing conflict, Indian soldiers near the Pangong Tso Lake in the Ladakh Himalayas crossed the border into Chinese-controlled territory.
China’s state media, the Global Times, commented on media reports suggesting Indian troops could fire on Chinese soldiers if they come too close.
The newspaper likened India to a coward in a lion’s skin but backed negotiations to solve the dispute.
Both sides had favoured talks to help tensions boil down in May but things took a turn for the worse when the two countries suffered heavy losses in a brutal border clash on June 15.
India mourned the loss of 20 men, including a colonel, while 43 Chinese soldiers lost their lives in the skirmish in the Ladakh region.
China and India are gearing up for a possible escalation in tensions this winter (Image: GETTY)
An Indian soldier at at checkpoint in Ladakh (Image: GETTY)
China’s state media weighed in on the situation in an article published on September 23, headlined “India’s stubborn stance on obstacle to China-India frontline disengagement”.
The state-affiliated publication Global Times argued that the Indians were behaving in an unreasonable manner and this had led to peace talks being stymied.
Indian strategists have suggested that China does not have any willingness to confront its neighbour amid strategic pressure from the United States.
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Chinese troops have been given specialist equipment as the winter approaches (Image: GETTY)