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A seven-week military standoff between India and China escalated into a deadly conflict along their contested Himalayan border for the first time in more than four decades, signaling a sharp deterioration in ties between the two regional giants.

It’s unclear what sparked the clashes or how many died in Monday’s violence — so far India has confirmed 20 of its troops were killed. Zhang Shuili, a military spokesperson in China’s western battle zone command, said in a statement there were casualties on both sides, without elaborating.

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