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International relations

India fortifies Ladakh in military infrastructure race with China

2 major Asian powers face off on the frozen roof of the world

The Zoji La tunnel construction site is seen here near Baltal, India, on Oct. 6. (Photo by Bilal Hussain)

LEH, India -- China and India are engaged in an infrastructure war along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh where a brutal hand-to-hand clash in the Galwan Valley in June last year left 20 Indians dead while China refused to disclose its casualties.

In the area of Ladakh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, China is thought to have built at least 10 new air bases.

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