India wants to ease tensions with China after a clash with the Himalayas

NEW DELHI  The Indian prime minister is meeting with opposition leaders on Friday as the government tries to ease tensions with China after 20 Indian soldiers died in a military dispute in the Himalayan border region this week.

More than a dozen opposition parties will attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's conference as there are links between the world's most populous countries.

India and China have allegedly clashed with one another over the Himalayan border, part of the disputed Ladakh region. It was the deadliest clash between the sides in 45 years. China did not say whether any casualties were reported.

They later communicated through military and diplomatic means and stressed the importance of their broader bilateral relationship. Experts say there is no fear of war between the two countries, but it is difficult to reduce tensions.

The Himalayan conflict has sparked anti-China sentiments due to a coronavirus pandemic that began in China late last year. India's Keselad has reached number four in the world.

The excitement was high in the southern city of Hyderabad, with tens of thousands attending the funeral of Colonel Santosh Babu, who died in Monday's clash.

The Indian trade union has called for the boycott of 500 Chinese goods, including dolls and garments, to express "harsh criticism" of China's aggression in Ladakh.

Taylor Fravel, director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said China was trying to pressure India and did not want violent clashes between its forces.

From a strategic standpoint, Fravel said China should push the wedge to avoid any counter-balance bloc between India and the US.

"And, the deaths and clashes on Monday night will very quickly and very quickly make India closer to the US, which I think China does not want," he said.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday met with the heads of various political parties to reach a consensus on the situation.

The main opposition Congress said the country deserves to know the truth. “It deserves a leadership that is ready to do anything before it takes its land,” the party said in a statement.

The skirmish began with a deadlock that began in May when Chinese troops crossed the border in three places and ignored the warning to set up tents and guard posts. This has led to heated slogans, stonewalling, and strife among rival parties, most of which have resurfaced on TV news programs and social media.

The move triggered an uncomfortable tension over the 3,380-kilometer (2,100-mile) "Line of Actual Control" - the border that was established in 1962 after the war between India and China.

Indian authorities say that deaths in the thin air at 4,270 meters (14,000 feet) above sea level have caused the deaths of clubs, rocks, and their fists. Soldiers carry firearms but are not allowed to use them according to the previous � ° range in the border deadlock conflict.

Indian security officials said 20 deaths were due to severe injuries and subfreezing temperatures.

Indian news reports said that 76 Indian soldiers were hospitalized with injuries but the army has not confirmed this. Indian officials have denied that any Indian soldiers are in Chinese custody.

China claims 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles) in the northeast of India, while China claims 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau of the Himalayas. Opposite the Ladakh region. ) Occupies the area.

India unilaterally declared Ladakh as a federal territory in August 2019, separating it from the disputed Kashmir. China is among the countries condemning the move, which the U.N. Raised in forums including the Security Council. India was elected to the council this week.

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