The United States will take part in a joint military exercise with India, less than 100 kilometers from that country’s disputed border with China.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to CNN.

The exercise will take place in mid-October at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters in the Auli region in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and will be devoted to practicing military operations in mountainous terrain.

Relations between India and China have deteriorated since a bloody clash between their militaries in the Himalayas in June 2020 left at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers dead.

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China recently built a bridge across the Pangong Tso Lake along the border, raising tensions. India called the move an “illegal occupation.”

During a visit to India this year, US Pacific Commander Charles Flynn called China’s military buildup near the disputed border “disturbing.”

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The border between the countries is not clearly defined, the de facto border established as a result of the 1962 Sino-Indian Border War, which was driven by ancient historical territorial disputes.

There are still disputes between China and India about where one country ends and the other begins.

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It is noted that any military provocations between India and China can have serious consequences, since both states have nuclear weapons.

Photo: Staff Sgt. Samuel Northrup/US Army