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India and China exchanged fire for the first time in 45 years.

The shots were fired for the first time in 45 years on September 7, 2020, on the Line of Actual Control as tensions rose at the Indo-Chinese border.

The Indian and Chinese armies exchanged warning shots at the disputed border in Ladakh, and it is the first time in 45 years that firearms were discharged on the close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India countered that the Chinese had used their guns to intimidate Indian forces, but no casualties were reported. Both country's troops accused each other of opening fire during a clash near Chushul, close to the LAC in Ladakh. The Indian Army said that the People's Liberation Army troops were attempting to close-in with one of their forward positions along the LAC and persuaded not to take action by the Indian forces when PLA troops started to fire. It added that the PLA was aggressive with assault rifles and medieval weapons like spears and machetes to displace the Indian soldiers from the Mukhpari height, which had led to another faceoff situation in the area.

The clash took place three days after the Indian and Chinese defense ministers, Rajnath Singh and General Wei Fenghe, met in Moscow.

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