India Steps Up Alert Amid Heightened Tensions With China
India has increased a military alert along its eastern border with China, moving troops and weapons into the region amid a weeks-long standoff between the two countries that shows no signs of resolution.
As NPR’s Julie McCarthy reported last month, New Delhi and Beijing have been at odds over a strategic region called the Doklam Plateau, which is claimed both by China and by India’s tiny ally, Bhutan.
In June, China began construction to extend a road there in an apparent effort to press its claim. In response, India sent troops as a show of force, sparking anger from China which says the affair is none of its business.
Beijing demanded that Indian forces withdrawal, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused.
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