As a months-long military standoff between India and China along their disputed mountain border protracts, experts warn that the nuclear-armed countries-which already have engaged in their bloodiest clash in decades-could unintentionally slide into war.
For 45 years, a series of agreements, written and unwritten, maintained an uneasy truce along the border on the eastern edge of the Himalayan region of Kashmir. But moves and clashes over the past few months have made the situation unpredictable, raising the risk that a miscalculation from either side could have serious consequences that resonate beyond the cold-desert region.
'The situation is very dangerous on the ground and can spiral out of control,' said Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda, who was head of the Indian military's Northern Command from 2014 to 2016.
An agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time.
Russia will spell out its stance on the United Nations' call for a global truce.