There were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFPThere were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFP
There were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFP

Explainer |
Why are Indian and Chinese soldiers fighting with fists, sticks and rocks?

  • The answer lies in a 1996 treaty that so far has prevented the countries’ border dispute turning even more deadly
  • But as the two sides mobilise weapons, and after a tense meeting between their militaries, there are signs that the agreement may be a fragile one
Topic |   China-India border dispute
There were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFPThere were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFP
There were casualties on both sides when the militaries of China and India clashed this month, but the exchanges did not involve weapons. Photo: AFP
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