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This year's joint naval exercise by India, the U.S. and Japan was the first to include aircraft carriers from all three nations.   © Kyodo

Beijing's Belt and Road ambitions rekindle Sino-Indian row

Border tensions set off by Chinese road-building in disputed area

YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer | China

NEW DELHI -- The latest armed border standoff between India and China, now entering its second month, traces its roots to tensions over the latter's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

Starting in mid-June, both sides have deployed troops on the Doklam plateau -- an ill-defined region in western Bhutan, which relies on India for military support. The tiny mountain kingdom and China signed a series of agreements to maintain peace in the disputed area, but the border issue remains unresolved. Tensions began rising June 16 when China started building a road in Doklam that can be used by military vehicles, according to Bhutan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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