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India-China border tensions flare up again as soldiers get into scuffles in Ladakh, Sikkim

Troops from both Indian and Chinese sides have been injured in the two incidents. Situation is ‘under control’ now.

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New Delhi: The border tensions between India and China have flared up once again in the last one week with several troops from both sides left injured following fist fights and stone-pelting in the Ladakh and North Sikkim regions. While the situation in Sikkim is said to have been “resolved”, official “disengagement” has taken place in Ladakh, even though additional troops have been pressed in.

Army sources told ThePrint that the incident in Ladakh happened on the evening of 5 May, near the northern banks of the 134-km Pangong Tso lake. A similar clash took place in the region in September 2019 too.

Two-thirds of the lake, which extends from Tibet to Ladakh, is controlled by China.

The sources said the Chinese objected to the presence of Indians in the disputed area, and an argument quickly took the shape of a brawl with the Indians standing their ground. The soldiers indulged in a “fist fight and stone pelting”, which led to half a dozen injuries on the Indian side, including that of a young officer, the sources said, adding there were several injuries on the Chinese side too.

Situation is ‘under control’ now

The official “disengagement” in Ladakh happened on 6 May after formation commanders spoke to each other. However, the sources said, the matter has been noted for the next formal discussions between higher military authorities on both sides. They added that the situation is under control now.

Though the disengagement has happened, additional forces have been brought in to ensure no more violence takes place. Since ‘Operation Juniper’ — when Indian troops moved into Doklam, a small territory in Bhutan, to stop the Chinese army from constructing a road that threatens India’s strategic interests — India has increased focus on its northern and eastern boundaries than being purely Pakistan centric.

Army Chief Gen M.M. Naravane had said the force was “re-balancing” its deployment and strategy along the western, northern and northeastern borders to deal with any kind of threat that might emerge — be it from Pakistan or China. While disengagement happened in Doklam, both sides have continued with their build-up a few metres away from their face-off location.

The area was witness to a similar incident in September last year. The incident had rung alarm bells in the defence circles in New Delhi as it came just a month ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to India for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To prevent the situation from spiralling into a major confrontation, the Army activated the established bilateral mechanism for defusing such situations.

Also read: Indian, Chinese soldiers injured in Sikkim’s Naku La after ‘exchanging blows’, stone-pelting

Face-off near Sikkim’s Naku La

Meanwhile, at least 12 Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in stone pelting and fist fight along the Line of Actual Control in North Sikkim Saturday after a patrol party of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel was stopped.

Army sources said the intense stand-off was later resolved with the intervention of officers at the local Command level. The confrontation happened near the Naku La sector, a pass at a height of more than 5,000 metres.

A patrol party of the PLA came across Indian soldiers in an area they consider Chinese territory. This led to the face-off and more troops were called in, sources said.
They added that the soldiers exchanged blows with each other besides pelting stones in which some of them were injured.

“There was aggressive behaviour and minor injuries on both sides. Both sets of soldiers disengaged after local level interaction and dialogue. The issue was solved through established protocols for such issues,” a source in the Army Headquarters here said.

Also read: Navy is tracking China & Pakistan’s activities amid pandemic, Covid has no impact on ops


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  2. Gobbling up the Sea in the East and nibbling at others” land in the West. The CCP, in order to cling on to power, must of necessity be disruptive. It has no legitimacy with the Chinese people. Hence it must act as its legal guardian and protector of the Chinese people’s dignity as defined by the CCP. This incessant and irresistible urge to power has resulted in the conquest of East Turkestan and Tibet. With the conquest of Tibet the Han armies are now on the borders of India for the first time in history. Indian rulers must understand the raison d-etre of the CCP in order to design an effective strategy to counter them.

  3. What a coincidence….. China border flares up exactly at the same time as Kashmir unrest, LoC action, terrorists infiltration and the Congress party and its paid chamchas like The Print, Ra*deep Sard*sai, Burkha D*tt etc creating chaos and trying their best to destabilize India.
    Be under no illusion you ar*eh@les….. India is under new management.
    Jai Hind

  4. This will keep happening.
    China has clear hegemonistic and land grab designs over India and various other parts of the World for which it is building up power with US help since the 1970s.
    India is a soft target, weakened by 73 years of suicidal colonial-communist policies, but as per Chinese military doctrine, the idea is to grab territory without getting into open war or, at the least. finesse expansion with minimal cost to itself.
    Hence, on one hand we have China building a proxy in Pakistan to pin down and weaken India. On the other hand we have constant “border creep” with the PLA pushing the envelope.
    Nothing could be more telling than China’s push into Daulat Beg Oldie when Xi was visiting his chum Modi at Ahmedabad. The PLA felt that India would be disarmed and that it could quietly draw up a new de facto boundary.
    If you go as far back as 1962, it was on the back of Mao and Chou en Lai’s visit to India and their entertaining Nehru with Food, Drink and Women at Peking, that China thought India was most vulnerable and made its push into India’s North East Frontier Agency.
    Thus, reading from Lao Tzu, when China is at its friendliest, it is at its most dangerous for then it believes that it has disarmed those on whom (and China’s target is the entire world) has designs.
    In the present case, the PLA was testing India’s resolve and preparedness in the wake of the great efficacy that its bio war (through the Wuhan Virus, COVID 19) has had, more so as Modi has blindly followed China’s advise and has enforced an indiscriminate Police State “Lock Down” rather address the matter scientifically and rationally.
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  5. I just don’t know what is going on. Pakistan has increased LOC violations, and now the Chinese. What is the gameplan? To start wars to shift attention from COVID? Now virus will kill men, and men will kill men? Looks like God has decided to end the “Srishti”, or “Kaaynaat”, or mankind. We must remember that the Indus Valley Civilization ended in a similar manner.

    • Cleverly shrouded glorification of the Congress era of yore . And in so doing your insinuation, that Indian Army has been emasculated through sprinkling of rose petals , clearly gives away your predisposition .

      And another thing ,would you rather the recent border skirmish ( fisticuffs ) at North Sikkim Border be turned into a full blown battle and wanted to see if Indian Army could repeat the feat of 1967 even under the present dispensation ??

  6. So will Bhakts again demand boycott of Chinese-made goods on social media by posting messages from their Made in China phones, using internet hardware also made in China

    While these incidents have now taken on a familiar pattern what should worry real patriots is that:
    1. China shown no sign of backing down even on Sikkim where there was never a historical issue, it is pure and simple geographical escalation. So all the nonsense that BJP cheerleaders talk about the “Wuhan” (yes the same one) summit victory should stand exposed.
    2, One of these days one of these pushing and shoving matches will go out of control and we will have a repeat Nathu La of 1967. Then a very competent and aggressive Indian army commander had given the PLA a very fitting reply without even waiting for political sanction. Who thinks after the showering of petals nonsense that the Indian military leadership is still made of that stuff?

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