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World War 3: China face Indian retaliation after invading disputed land and drawing flag

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Tensions between the two nations have ignited over recent weeks following the deadly dispute in Galwan Valley where at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Now China faces a furious backlash after mocking India.

In satellite imagery, the Mandarin characters meaning ‘China’ are seen written near the shore of Pangong Lake, an area located on the Line of Actual Control.

Troops appeared to have drawn a map of the Communist nation on the remote area in the disputed Himalayan region.

The area is close to the site of the bloody clashes between the two militaries back in May.

Pangong Lake has been divided into ‘fingers’ by Indian and Chinese forces.

India claims ownership of the shoreline from ‘finger one’ to ‘finger eight’.

But recently, China was accused of impeding an Indian patrol as it staked a claim for territory from ‘finger eight’ to ‘finger four’.

China has also built at least 186 huts along the disputed shoreline.

Images show construction has taken place on the tip of ‘finger four’ as well as two fast water crafts on ‘finger five’.

Last month, the dispute in Galwan Valley, in Ladakh, marked the first bloody altercation between the two countries in 45 years.

Reports said both sides had agreed to disarm while confronting each other last month.

However, fights broke out on the highly contested border and all the casualties were from the use of batons, knives and falls from the steep land.

Although the number of Chinese soldiers who died was not revealed, American Intelligence claimed there was at least 35 deaths including a senior officer.

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Following the dispute, calls were made for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retaliate against the Communist Nation.

The leader of the opposition Congress Party Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter: “Why is the Prime Minister silent? Why is he hiding?

“Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened.

“How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?”

Protests erupted across India as Chinese flags and products were burnt in the streets.

Since the altercation, fears of a World War 3 outbreak have ignited around the globe.

This week, the deputy speaker of Tibet’s India-based exile parliament said India must be “bolder” in its stance on the region.

Tibet has historically served as a buffer between the two nations but has grown increasingly under Chinese influence.

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.

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