Indian And Chinese Troops Clash Along Disputed Border
Indian Troops have clashed with Chinese troops in a disputed area along the border, the first such flare-up in more than a year.
On Monday, the Indian army said there had been a clash in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh state last Friday, the eastern tip of India.
India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh told the parliament that no Indian soldiers had been “hurt or seriously injured” in the clash and that the incident has been “taken up at diplomatic levels”.
He added that because of “timely intervention of Indian military commanders, Pla soldiers went back to their positions”.
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China and India share a disputed 3,440 kilometres long De Facto border – called the line of actual control, or Lac – which is poorly demarcated.
Tensions sometimes escalate into skirmishes. However both sides have been trying to de-escalate since a major battle in June 2020 in the Galwan valley in the Ladakh region much further to the west – where 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers died.
That battle – fought with sticks and clubs, not guns – was the first fatal confrontation between the two sides in the the area for 45 years.
Both sides were involved with a few soldiers suffering minor injuries.