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International relations

India and China dig in for harsh winter on disputed border

Both armies set up camps and logistical chains in isolated Himalayas

Indian soldiers stand in formation after disembarking from a military transport plane at a forward air base in Leh, in the Ladakh region, on Sept. 15.   © Reuters

TOKYO/BEIJING/NEW YORK -- Underground bunkers with kerosene-fed lamps to fight off subzero temperatures. High-tech, armored snow gear designed to protect from harsh weather as well as incoming fire. Helipads built to evacuate the many soldiers who suffer from high-altitude sickness at 16,000 feet.

Even the insides of T-72 and T-90 tanks offer a warm respite from the chafing, bitter Himalayan cold.

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