On Sunday, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in a bizarre clash near the Naku La sector in the Indian border state of Sikkim. The two sides engaged in physical blows which led to seven Chinese and four Indian soldiers being injured. No live rounds were fired during the altercation and haven't been fired on that border sector in the past four decades. The two countries have fought over their shared 2,100 mile border for almost 60 years. In 1962, the Sino-Indian War broke out after India granted asylum to the Dalai Lama in the midst of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. Clashes along their border (in the Naku La sector in particular) have occurred frequently since the war's end, including another armed conflict in 1967 and in physical clashes in 2017. The two sides routinely send out patrols to border that usually leads to physical standoffs similar to those seen on Sunday. Local commanders spoke and resolved the issue without further violence shortly after the incident. The Himalayan border sector, which is about 16,4000 above sea level, will continue to be a place of interest as Beijing seeks to expand is physical borders and influence in the region.
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