China-India border tension flares up at two-front

DHARAMSALA, 10 May: Border tensions between India and China have flared up at Ladakh and Sikkim over the last week that has resulted in injuring several soldiers on both sides.

At least two incidents of violent clashes and stone-pelting have taken place between the troops from the two Asian giants as the border tensions between them have flared up over the last week, the Times of India reported.

“The clash in eastern Ladakh, in particular, has led both India and China to send additional reinforcements to the border area,” the report said.

“Renewed muscle-flexing” by China’s armed force, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after “a long time’ along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has raised concerns among the Indian security establishment, the report said citing its sources.

Meanwhile, the army has downplayed the incidents as “temporary and short-duration face-offs” that were resolved by “local commanders as pre-mutually-accepted protocols” through dialogue and flag meetings, the report noted.

“Aggressive behaviour by the two sides resulted in minor injuries to some troops. Such confrontations routinely occur during summers due to differing perceptions about the unresolved boundary,” the report added citing a senior officer.

The first clash was reported to have taken place in the Pangong Tso sector of eastern Ladakh during the intervening night of 5th and 6th May while the second took place at an altitude of 5,000 meters Naku La sector in the north Sikkim where physical brawl and stone-pelting that has resulted in injuring a dozen Indian and Chinese soldiers.

The border dispute between India and China covers 3,488-km-long LAC. The sides have so far held 22 rounds of Special Representatives talks to resolve the border dispute.

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