Chinese and Indian Military Clashed in the Himalayas

by Garry Watts August 16, 2017, 14:58
Chinese and Indian Military Clashed in the Himalayas

"The MoD sources said, "Please refer to certain queries regarding confrontation with PLA (People's army/6745" target=_blank Liberation Army) troops in Arunachal Pradesh".

China on Wednesday said it was not aware of a skirmish between its troops and Indian soldiers in Ladakh region and stated that its border troops always patrol on the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In fact, the Chinese troops earlier used to frequent the northern and southern banks of the lake, whose 90 km stretch lies on the Chinese side and 45 km on the Indian side.

It also confirmed that, "sweets were exchanged between the Indian Army and PLA troops in multiple border locations, including in the area of Doklam".

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He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter Indian territory but had been pushed back.

"I am not aware of them". However, there were reports of troops from both sides exchanging candies on the occasion on Tuesday. "We urge the Indian side to scrupulously abide by relevant agreements, protocols and rules between the two countries and earnestly respect the 1959 line of control and earnestly protect the peace and stability of the border region".

She added that Chinese border troops were always "committed to maintain peace and tranquillity" along the Sino-India border. This area has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory. The two sides have frequently accused each other of territorial intrusions, but clashes are rare.

China has repeatedly asked India to unilaterally withdraw from the Doklam area, or else face the prospect of a military-related escalation.


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