The India-China troops engaged in yet another face-off. Indian army caught around 200 PLA fighters near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh.
Anyhow, the soldiers of both sides withdrew after the nearby commanders settled the issue. Sources have said that; the turf between both sides went on for a couple of hours before officers settled according to the existing protocols. There was no harm caused on both sides during the engagement.
What caused the agitation between India-China
Sources told News18 that the Indian army detained few Chinese soldiers in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang after around 200 of them got over into the Indian side from Tibet and attempted to destroy the bunkers.
The recent development came when India and China are scheduled to hold the thirteenth round of corps commander level discussions one week from now in one more bid to stop the 17-month long military showdown in eastern Ladakh.
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The India-China border
The India-China border has not been officially demarcated. Thus, there is a difference of view regarding the LAC between both nations. Peace and tranquility in areas of varying discernments are achieved by adhering to existing policies and protocols between the two nations.
Patrol parties face off many times on different occasions as the two sides undertake the patrolling activity of the Line of Real Control (LAC). The LAC isn’t delineated on the ground and both have polar-opposite claims. Whenever patrolling units of the two sides meet, the officers tackle circumstances as per decided protocols and mechanisms from both sides. One law of the defined protocol is waving a banner at one another asking the other to return.
Why does China eye Tawang?
Tawang situated in Arunachal Pradesh has been a friction point for India and China. China claims it to be an area of Tibet Autonomous Location. During the 1962 Conflict, China had captured Tawang and made a claim on it.
In 2017, an ex-top diplomat from China had said that the boundary debate between the two nations could be settled if New Delhi acknowledged Beijing’s case over the strategically essential Tawang area in Arunachal Pradesh. However, Indian authorities dismissed it as neither reasonable nor conceivable.
In 2016, more than 200 Chinese soldiers had allegedly violated into the Indian side of the LAC at Yangtse. However, they returned in a couple of hours.
In 2011, Chinese troops had attempted to scale a 250-meter-long wall on the Indian side of the LAC and damaged it. It prompted New Delhi to lodge a full-scale protest with Beijing.
Recently, Chinese soldiers had allegedly started patrolling in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti area close to the LAC. According to a report in the Financial Times; the Chinese had spent a couple of hours in the area before turning around.
China has been attempting to propel its military beyond Earth by testing the anti-satellite system back in 2007. It can independently direct rockets and bombs onto fixed points without fearing that the US would wind down navigation services.