China-India: Beijing sends martial arts experts to the Himalaya border

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No weapons or explosives – prohibited by an agreement between China and India in 1996 – but kicks, punches, stone throws, spikes with spiked sticks. So along the border of the Galwan Valley, in the disputed territory of Ladakh on the heights of the Himalayas, Indian soldiers and Chinese border soldiers fought in mid-June. A series of violent clashes, among the bloodiest in the last 45 years. Dozens of the victims, although the two countries do not confirm the number but accuse each other of ambushes.Now China has decided to strengthen its army and sent 20 martial arts experts to train, local media say, the forces posted to the region. A lethal squadron of mixed martial arts champions (MMA).
According to reports from the Chinese broadcaster CCTV, showing the squadron already arrived on the heights, martial arts champions “will greatly improve the organization and mobilization force” of the troops, as well as their “speed of reaction”. China did not provide information on the number of casualties or casualties reported during the mid-June clashes but according to New Delhi authorities, despite Beijing denying, it would have lost at least 40 soldiers. The injured on the Indian side would be 76, about twenty victims.


The squadron of Mma champions

The 20 MMA fighters form part of the Enbo Fight Club, come from the province of Sichuan, in the southwest of the country, and will be the “Tibetan Mastiffs of the Highland Resistance”. They will train and live in Lhasa, the capital of the autonomous region of Tibet.The club trains champions capable of competing in various international tournaments such as theUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) of the United States, known for its no holds barred fights and for the brutality of punches, kicks, knees, warheads that the wrestlers inflict on each other. In China the debate on the virtue of the hybrid style of mixed martial arts or the traditional one of kung fu is constantly open.

“If the country needs us, the Enbo Fight Club will work whole-heartedly. I don’t know if our fighters took part in the conflict a few days ago, don’t ask me,” said the club owner Enbo interviewed from South China Morning Post.

The new troops were recruited with the aim of “strengthening the border and stabilizing Tibet,” said the China National Defense News which admits no direct correlation with the clashes with India in the Himalaya region. The two countries have been fighting on the border since 1962.





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