Indian-Chinese troops clashed near the Line of Actual Control in Tawang Sector in Arunachal on December 9, suffering injuries
Indian-Chinese troops clashed and sources told news agency ANI that PLA troops contacted the Line of Actual Control in the Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh, challenged by Indian troops “in a firm and resolute manner”.
Indian and Chinese army troops clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9. Some Indian soldiers were injured in the clash.
This face-off led to minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides. Both sides immediately disengaged from the area,” ANI quoted the “sources” as saying.
“As a follow-up of the incident, India’s Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity,” the sources added.
In certain areas along the LAC in the Tawang Sector in Arunachal Pradesh, there are areas of differing perception, wherein both sides patrol the area up to their claim lines. This has been the trend since 2006, the sources said.
An Indian foreign ministry spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Indian and Chinese troops also clashed in June 2020 in hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, abutting the Chinese-held Tibetan plateau.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed, with China suffering an undisclosed number of casualties. Both sides ramped up their military presence, moving troops, weapons, and supplies to the high-altitude desert region.
India and China share an un-demarcated 3,800 km (2,360 miles) frontier, where their troops previously adhered to long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Last year, Chinese troops have been deployed in “considerable numbers” across all of eastern Ladakh and the northern front, right up to India’s eastern command. Calling it a “matter of concern”, the ArmyChinese invasion in Eastern Ladakh, Army Chief says that there has been an increase in the PLA’s deployment.
What is The Line of Actual Control
The Line of Actual Control (LAC), in the context of the Sino-Indian border dispute, is a notional demarcation line that separates Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory. The concept was introduced by Chinese premier Zhou Enlai in a 1959 letter to Jawaharlal Nehru as the “line up to which each side exercises actual control”, but rejected by Nehru as being incoherent. Subsequently the term came to refer to the line formed after the 1962 Sino-Indian War.