NEW DELHI, (BM) – India Today reports new clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Naku-La Pass area, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned.
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Sources told the Indian edition that the new battles were the entry of Chinese troops into Indian territory. The sources also said that 20 Chinese soldiers and 4 Indian soldiers are injuring in the clashes. There are no reports of deaths.
China’s provocations over India’s conflict intensified when such an incident did not escalate into war. In this way, hand-to-hand clashes between Indian and Chinese soldiers became more frequent. The two countries have agreed not to use firearms to save lives. However, dozens of Indian soldiers were killed in the clashes last year.
The two most populous countries – India and China – are divided by a conditional line called the “McMahon Line” [after the British Foreign Secretary, who proposed creating this border in 1914]. India recognized the existing border, but China did not, as announced in an official diplomatic note in 1959.
How did the conflict between India and China start last year?
On the night of June 15-16, clashes between the Indian and Chinese military occurred in the Galvan River area in the Union territory of Ladakh. According to Indian army sources cited by local media, both side soldiers used no firearms – only sticks and stones. At least 20 Indian soldiers had killed, 76 wounded. Sources in the Indian army also claim that about 45 Chinese soldiers were killed and injured.
The situation in Ladakh escalated after clashes took place in early May with about 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers. More than 100 people were injured on both sides. Subsequently, India and China said they were making efforts to maintain stability.
The Sino-Indian confrontation on the border
The Sino-Indian confrontation on the border has been gaining momentum lately. In mid-June, sources reported that clashes between the military of both countries led to casualties for the first time in 45 years. At the same time, it is impossible to reduce tension, despite the active negotiation process.
The conflict is taking place in the highland region of Aksaychin, located on the border of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Pakistan, and India. This territory is under the control of China, but India disputes this situation and includes this region in the union territory of Ladakh.
The stumbling block for the parties is ownership of the mountainous territories in the north of Kashmir and part of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. This dispute became the cause of the border war in 1962, as a result of which a line of de facto control appeared in Aksaychin. Then India lost part of its lands in the Himalayas.
And although the parties entered into a settlement agreement, the claims still exist: China is still trying to control over 3.5 thousand square meters in the Indian Arunachal Pradesh. India accuses Beijing of the illegal occupation of more than 43 thousand square meters in Jammu and Kashmir.
Various skirmishes between Chinese and Indian border guards on the disputed land occur regularly. However, in May, they became incredibly intense due to the contingent’s buildup, first by Beijing and then by New Delhi.
During the clashes between the military on June 15-16, the dead appeared. The Indian side officially confirmed three of its soldiers’ deaths, while the Chinese did not provide any information. The Indian agency ANI, citing sources, wrote that as a result of the clash, India lost at least 20 military personnel, and the Chinese side – 43 people killed and seriously wounded.
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