INDO-CHINA: The Clash of Titans

Sikkim/Ladakh: India-china relationship has been like the relation of Duryodhana and yudhishtra.. (from Indian epic Mahabharata). Border tensions between India and China have flared up once again with at least two incidents of violent clashes and stone-pelting taking place between rival troops in Ladakh and Sikkim over the last week, which left several soldiers on both sides injured.

Aggressive behavior 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,” said a senior officer. Both countries have differing perceptions owing to the undemarcated boundary, which lead to transgressions and face-offs as each side patrols up to the areas they claim along the 3,448-km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Any such issue is resolved through the mechanisms put in place to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border.

The face-off at Naku La was not the first time Indian and Chinese soldiers got into a fistfight. In August 2017, Indian and Chinese soldiers threw stones at each other and also exchanged blows near Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

During the Doklam face-off, Indian and Chinese troops had also clashed and attacked each other with stones and iron roads in the disputed “Finger-5 to Finger-8” area on the north bank of Pangong Tso on August 15, 2017.

(With inputs)…

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