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Uneasy Ladakh locals watch India-China spat at close range

While diplomats talk, residents see more fighter jets and troop movements

The threat of war hangs over Leh's picturesque main market in India's troubled Ladakh region. (Photo by Bhat Burhan)

LADAKH, India -- For the last few weeks, 19-year-old Singay Angechuk, a resident of Leh in the Himalayan region of the Indian-controlled Union Territory of Ladakh, has woken to the terrifying roar of jet fighters circling overhead.

The morning disturbances began after exchanges of fire further south in Ladakh on Aug. 30 and Sept. 7, the first overt hostilities since 1975 between China and India along their fractious Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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