Indian PM Narendra Modi makes unannounced visit to military base near China amid standoff

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks to troops during his visit to Nimu, in the union territory of Ladakh, on July 3, 2020.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit Friday to a military base in a remote region bordering China where troops from the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months.

Mr. Modi, accompanied by India’s military leadership, met with troops in Ladakh region. A photo on his Instagram account showed him sitting in a camouflage tent at the base. “Interacting with our brave armed forces personnel,” he wrote.

Mr. Modi’s visit comes after a massive Indian army buildup in Ladakh following hand-to-hand combat between Indian and Chinese soldiers on June 15 that left 20 Indians dead and dozens injured in the Galwan Valley, the worst confrontation in more than four decades between the Asian giants.

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