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Could it escalate? China-India border tensions turn deadly

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS

Will the first fatalities since 1975 along India and China's disputed border leave lasting scars? Beijing and New Delhi have been working hard to prevent further escalation after Monday's high altitude clashes in the Himalayas. Both sides insist no shots were fired, so what did happen in that remote region that's part of the rooftop of the world? Both Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi are transactional and pragmatic, but also both nationalists intent on projecting strength. At a time when coronavirus has citizens the world over second-guessing orders from above, neither wants to appear weak.

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Could neighbours like Nepal and Pakistan be drawn into the argument? And then there's the United States, which under Donald Trump has drawn closer to India as the rivalry with China heats up.

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