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INDIA has deployed a warship to the South China Sea following the bloody clash with Beijing in the Ladakh region.
Back in June, the two nations deployed troops to the disputed border and a bloody altercation erupted which saw fatalities on both sides. This marked the first bloody clash between the nations in 45 years.
Initial reports said both sides had agreed to disarm as they confronted each other in the mountainous region.
But at least 20 Indian soldiers and up to 35 Chinese troops were killed as the meeting grew tense and fights broke out.
The ongoing border disputes between the two countries has escalated over recent weeks after India accused China of sending thousands of troops into Ladakh’s Galwan valley, and says China occupies 38,000sq ft of its territory.
Over the last three decades, several rounds of talks have been held attempting to resolve the dispute, with no success.
The tensions have stretched back further in time, with 2017 seeing the two counties clash over China attempting to extend a border road through a disputed plateau.
Only once has outright war been fought between the two: 1962 saw India suffer a devastating defeat to China.
Now, India has deployed a warship to the highly disputed South China Sea region, where Beijing has increased its military presence.
Government sources said: “Soon after the Galwan clash broke out in which 20 of our soldiers were killed, the Indian Navy deployed one of its frontline warships to the South China Sea where the People’s Liberation Army’s Navy objects to the presence of any other force claiming the majority of the waters as part of its territory.”
Tensions in the South China Sea are already reaching boiling point as it faces rival ownership claims from China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.
Over recent months, the US has increased its military presence in the region in a bid to counter China’s dominance in the area.
Beijing has built several military bunkers on some of the atolls, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, condemned China’s dominance in the region and urged other nations to counter the Communist nation.
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