Massive Face Off Erupts Between Indian and Chinese Troops, Several Injured
May 11 2020
Both sides initially rushed additional troops to the site but they later disengaged after a dialogue between the local commanders.
Temporary and short duration face-offs occur as boundaries are not resolved, sources said and troops resolve such issues mutually as per established protocols. Sources said as a precautionary measure forces have been substantially reinforced on both sides, however, they ruled out any escalation for now.
The Indian Army on Sunday confirmed that its soldiers were engaged in a tense face-off with Chinese troops along the border in northern Sikkim and attributed it to the undemarcated boundary issue between the two countries. After the scuffle, both sides called for reinforcements.
"Four Indian soldiers and seven Chinese troops suffered injuries during the confrontation that involved around 150 soldiers", said one Indian on condition of anonymity.
This is not the first time Indian and Chinese soldiers have exchanged blows along the border. Similarly, in August 2017 a video surfaced of a scuffle between the two armies at the lake in which several hundred soldiers were seen hurling stones at each other. However, the face-off ended following a delegation-level talks between the two sides.
The 73-day stand-off with China also took place that year over Doklam plateau, an area claimed by China and India's ally Bhutan. Simmering tensions persist between the two armies ranged against each other along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), stretching from eastern Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
In 2018, at an informal summit at Wuhan between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping threw up new guidelines for the military of both nations as part of moving beyond Doklam and "maintaining peace and tranquility" on border areas.