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Old 06-13-20, 12:13 PM
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Accidental Invasions of Countries

At least they were nice about it, unlike that dictator who did this back in WWII.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/12/europ...ntl/index.html

Poland invaded the Czech Republic last month, but says it was just a big misunderstandingLondon (CNN)The Polish military has admitted it accidentally invaded the Czech Republic last month, but it insists its brief occupation of a small part of the country was simply a "misunderstanding."

Polish soldiers mistakenly crossed the country's border with Czech Republic in late May before setting up there, the Czech foreign ministry told CNN.
The soldiers, who had been guarding parts of the closed Polish-Czech border during the coronavirus pandemic, then started turning away Czech citizens who were attempting to visit a church in their own country.
The snafu led the Czech embassy in Warsaw to take "immediate action" and notify its Polish counterpart, the Czech government told CNN, adding that Poland has still not formally explained why it mistakenly annexed its neighbor."Our Polish counterparts unofficially assured us that this incident was merely a misunderstanding caused by the Polish military with no hostile intention, however, we are still expecting a formal statement," a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told CNN.
"The Polish soldiers are no longer present and our citizens can again visit the site freely," the spokesperson added.
"We are still waiting for the formal Polish statement," they repeated when asked how long Polish troops were in the country.

Poland's Ministry of Defense also acknowledged the brief occupation on Friday.
"The placement of the border post was a result of misunderstanding, not a deliberate act. It was corrected immediately and the case was resolved -- also by the Czech side," it told CNN in a statement.
The incident occurred near Pielgrzymow, a small border village in southern Poland that sits opposite a sparsely populated stretch of Czech countryside. A quiet road there serves as the boundary point between the two nations.
"Soldiers of the Polish Army support the Border Guard in protecting the state border after its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic," the Polish Defense Ministry explained. "The operation is led by Armed Forces Operational Command, which is in direct contact with the Border Guard."
The Polish government did not confirm how long its soldiers were present in the Czech Republic.
Borders between European Union countries are often barely visible as citizens enjoy freedom of movement across the bloc.But the coronavirus pandemic has complicated that longstanding arrangement, with nations shutting off entry to foreigners to control the spread of the virus. Poland has blocked people from entering the country since March.
Poland was involved in a handful of more serious border conflicts with the former Czechoslovakia during the 20th century. The two countries fought a seven-day war over territory in the Silesia region in 1919, and Poland annexed a region around the city of Bohumin in 1938.
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Isn't diplomacy wonderful? A small unit of troops cross an international border by accident. Instead of the government whipping up its citizens into an angry mob, it releases a carefully worded statement. The other government issues another carefully worded statement. Nobody gets out their guns.
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Isn't diplomacy wonderful? A small unit of troops cross an international border by accident. Instead of the government whipping up its citizens into an angry mob, it releases a carefully worded statement. The other government issues another carefully worded statement. Nobody gets out their guns.
And none of the Czech people started trashing their own villages.
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Isn't diplomacy wonderful? A small unit of troops cross an international border by accident. Instead of the government whipping up its citizens into an angry mob, it releases a carefully worded statement. The other government issues another carefully worded statement. Nobody gets out their guns.
There's a lot of apples in that crate that says oranges.
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If it happened between Serbia and Croatia, the story would be different.
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If it happened between Serbia and Croatia, the story would be different.
Yeah, the bordering countries involved when such a thing occurs makes a huge difference.
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Was this vehicle involved?
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So I guess this wasn't just a one-off. Some India-China border uglies.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/16/asia/...hnk/index.html

Twenty Indian soldiers dead after clash with China along disputed borderAt least 20 Indian soldiers have died after a "violent face-off" with Chinese troops along the countries' de facto border in the Himalayas late Monday, the Indian army has said.

The incident occurred during a "deescalation process" underway in the Galwan Valley in the disputed Aksai Chin-Ladakh area, where a large troop build-up has reportedly been taking place for weeks now on both sides of the border, before senior military commanders began talks earlier this month.
The Indian army had earlier said three soldiers had died, but added on Tuesday that a further 17 troops "who were critically injured in the line of duty at the standoff location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries."
The deaths are the first military casualties along the two countries' disputed border for more than 40 years.According to the earlier Indian army statement, there was loss of life "on both sides," but it did not specify any number of Chinese casualties.
Senior military officials from both sides are currently meeting to defuse the situation, the statement added.
"India and China have been discussing through military and diplomatic channels the de-escalation of the situation in the border area in Eastern Ladakh," said India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava on Tuesday.
He said senior commanders had "agreed on a process for such de-escalation" during a "productive meeting" on Saturday, June 6, and ground commanders had met regarding the implementation.
"While it was our expectation that this would unfold smoothly, the Chinese side departed from the consensus to respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley," he said in the statement.
"Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side," he added.
"Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side. We remain firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue. At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
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And of course North and South Korea.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/16/asia/...hnk/index.html

North Korea blows up liaison office in Kaesong used for talks with SouthNorth Korea has blown up a joint liaison office used for talks between itself and South Korea, the latest sign that ties between the two longtime adversaries are rapidly deteriorating.

North Korean state media reported that the four-story building, which is located in the town of Kaesong on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, was "completely destroyed by a "terrific explosion" at 2:50 p.m. local time.
A plume of black smoke rising above the site was visible from the South Korean side of the border shortly after.
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China and India have been having border clashes in that area for decades, but this is the deadliest one in years. Let's hope it doesn't escalate between these two nuclear powers.

And the North Korea thing is very predictable, the world is concentrating on a big issue right now, so of course NK needs to get some attention that it has not been getting recently.

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