A soldier from India’s special forces has reportedly been killed on Saturday in the latest conflict between India and China on their contested Himalayan border.
India has not commented on the reports of the death, but a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, told the media on Tuesday that the Tibetan-origin soldier was “martyred during the clash”.
The death sparks concerns of a wider military confrontation between the two neighbours. It comes two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead, when a physical fight broke out between the two sides with soldiers using batons and throwing stones at each other.
India and China fought a war in 1962 over their competing territorial claims, and they have been unable to agree a permanent border along their frontier. The two Asian giants have been locked in a standoff for months with both accusing each other of trespassing into the other’s territory.
Neither side has admitted to casualties in the latest flare-up, but the Indian military said it has moved troops to its eastern stretch of border with China.