Border talks between India and China fail
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Talks between Indian and Chinese military officials aimed at easing border tensions have ended in a dead end, leading to the continuation of a 17-month standoff that led to deadly clashes. The two countries will now maintain troops over the winter in areas along the de facto border known as the Real Line of Control (LAC) that separates Chinese-held and Indian-held territories from Ladakh, a territory that China claims in full. The two countries have positioned tens of thousands of soldiers, artillery, tanks and fighter jets along the LAC. Both sides are blame each other for the breakdown of talks.
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