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India says China unilaterally tried to change status quo at disputed border site

Indian army soldiers walk past their parked trucks at a makeshift transit camp before heading to Ladakh, near Baltal, southeast of Srinagar, June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday the face-off that led to the deaths of three Indian troops along its disputed border with China was a result of an attempt by Beijing “to unilaterally change the status quo there”.

Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had China followed a prior agreement to deescalate tensions, Anurag Srivastava, the ministry’s official spokesman, said in a statement.

The casualties are the first in 53 years to result from a clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours. [L4N2DT20X]

Reporting by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Catherine Evans

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