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Indian and Chinese armies clash on disputed border




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Indian and Chinese people armies have clashed on their disputed Himalayan border, the first known incident between two nuclear-armed Asian powers in nearly two years.

In a statement, the Indian Defense Ministry said soldiers from both sides suffered minor injuries during the confrontation that took place on Friday in the Tawang Area in the northeastern Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh, an area remote, inhospitable area bordering southern China.

The disputed 2,100-mile (3,379 km) border has long been a source of friction between New Delhi and Beijing, with tensions sharply escalating in June 2020 when hand-to-hand combat between the two sides resulted in what deaths of at least 20 Indian and 4 Chinese soldiers in Aksai Chin-Ladakh.

In the latest incident, troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were “in contact” with the line of actual control (LAC) – the de facto border – disputed by the Indian army “a resolutely and firmly,” according to the Indian Express. Defense Department statement obtained by CNN.

The statement said both sides “immediately withdrew from the area” and the respective commanders of the countries there held a meeting at the top of the flag to discuss the matter “under structured mechanisms.” architecture to restore peace and tranquility”. China has yet to make an official comment on the case.

Addressing members of Parliament last week before the skirmish, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said India had “diplomatically” been “very clear” to China that it “will not tolerate unilateral efforts to change” LAC.

“And as long as they continue to seek to do that, and if they have built up forces, which in our opinion constitutes a serious concern in the border area, then our relationship I’m not normal,” Jaishankar said in an interview. questions about Sino-Indian relations, adding that military commanders “continue to engage each other”.

India and China went to war over their border areas in 1962, eventually establishing the LAC. But the two countries disagree on its exact location, and both frequently accuse the other of overreaching or seeking to expand their territories. There has been a series of mostly non-lethal scuffles over the location of the border in the years since, including most recently 2021according to a statement from the Indian Army at the time.

In September, the Indian government said that the Indian and Chinese militaries had start to relax from the Gogra-Hotsprings border region in the western Himalayas, two years after border clashes strained diplomatic relations.

That statement came ahead of a regional summit in Uzbekistan attended by both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Activities in the region remain closely watched by both sides.

On November 30, China’s foreign ministry criticized a high-alt ” and that Beijing has expressed concerns to New Delhi.

China has become wary of India’s relationship with the United States in recent years, as China-US relations fracture and the Quad security dialogue, which includes India, the United States and US allies Japan and Australia have become more active.

Mr. Modi and Chinese leader Xi last met at the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Bali last month, where the two shook hands but there was no bilateral meeting.

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