China has demanded India withdraw troops that Beijing said had illegally crossed their shared border, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after a fresh flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries along the border.
Indian forces foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to occupy a hill on the Asian giants' disputed border in the western Himalayas, officials in New Delhi said on Monday. China's foreign ministry said Chinese border troops had not crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC), but in fact, it was Indian troops who were responsible for a breach of the LAC.
Residents along the Indian side of the border said the tensions were inconvenient, especially since the mobile network in the area had been shut for days, while in the northern Indian city of Kanpur, around a dozen anti-China protesters burned portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Tensions have been running high for months since 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand fighting with Chinese troops in the nearby Galwan valley, the neighbours' most serious military clash in more than half a century.
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