Authorities acquainted with the situation claimed on Friday that scores of Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a tense standoff along the contentious Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh's sensitive Tawang sector last week. The new incident occurs as both parties prepare to conduct yet another round of military talks to de-escalate situations in the Ladakh region.
According to one of the officials described above, the confrontation occurred when rival patrols of both India and China came face to face in the disputed territory near Yangtse, soldiers were pressing one another to retreat to their respective sides.
One of the officials explained that both sides i.e., India and China conduct border patrols up to their perceptions of the border. Whenever both sides' patrols physically collide, the situation is handled using established protocols and methods. The physical connection can extend for a few hours before actually disengaging, according to mutual consent. He went on to say that this is the typical operating procedure.
China's international ministry, on the other hand, stated that it lacked "necessary details" concerning the incident.
At a routine media briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian remarked that he is not aware of any such information.
The recent event occurred just weeks following Chinese patrols of roughly 100 troops breached the LAC in Uttarakhand's central sector on August 30 and destroyed a footbridge while returning to the other side. The area where the infiltration happened is patrolled by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
PLA intends to maintain the border fence busy in an attempt to bolster its claims. Former Northern Army commander Lieutenant General BS Jaswal observed that it can also be an act of increasing boldness to later stake control to these territories (retd).
According to Military Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, another round of army talks with the Chinese People's Liberation Army to ease worries about the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh could start taking hold in the second week of this month.
He claimed that the scenario on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was within the command, and that unresolved issues with the PLA could be handled through negotiations.
For nearly 17 months, the two militaries have been trapped in a border impasse, and both sides are currently negotiating to ease conditions. Following the 13th round of discussions, outstanding issues at Hot Springs, or Patrolling Point-15, one of the Line of Actual Control’s (LAC) friction areas, could be addressed.
In early August, both sides i.e., India and China ripped down their forward-deployed soldiers from Gogra, or Armed patrols Point-17A, in the second phase of withdrawal, with the major development occurring just after the 12th round of army discussions.
In mid-February, India and China completed the withdrawal process in the Pangong Tso area, evacuating forward-deployed troops, tanks, infantry combat vehicles, and artillery weapons off crucial heights where hostile forces fired rounds at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the first time in 45 years last year.