Troops of India and China were involved in a fierce face-off near Naku la pass in the Sikkim sector of the Sino-India border. Many personnel of both sides sustained injuries as they exchanged punches and were involved in stone-pelting.
A face-off was observed on the Sino-India border on the line of actual control on the shores of Pang gong Tso Lake during the Doklam crises in august 2017. The extremely sensitive India-China line of actual control in north Sikkim is once again on the boil. Troops of the India and China were involved in a brawl at the bank of Pang gong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh and northern Sikkim recently. Out of 200 personnel who were engaged in the face-off, 4 Indian and 7 Chinese personnel were injured during the brawl. Officials say that this is because the snow has melted and the movement by the troop along the line has increased.
Both the troops were on the regular patrolling and while on patrolling they came to a place where there is a difference in perception that where the line of actual control begins and ends for both sides. Eventually, the war of words broke out. The Indian troop was advising the Chinese troop to go back as that area comes under the Indian territory and the Chinese personnel was telling Indian troop that it comes under their territory, then after an aggressive clash took place.
According to the army, the troops disengaged after a local level interaction and dialogue between senior personnel. As told by army chief Manoj Mukund Narvane “temporary and short duration face-offs between the border guarding troops do occur along the line of actual control due to the differing perception of the alignment of boundaries which are not resolved”. The India-china border’s so-called disputed area covers 3488km line of actual control. “Indian border troops have always been upholding peace and tranquility along with the border areas”, he added. China reacted scrupulously on this topic by saying that its troops are obliged and dedicated to maintaining peace and tranquility on the border. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Mr. Zhao Lijian meticulously diverted all the questions put forth on this topic.
The Indian personnel is committed to contending until the dispute of the borderline between the two neighboring countries resolves. The meeting between the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Zing Ping held after a long time since the Doklam incident happened in 2017. Both the leaders met with an agenda of “strategic guidance” for their militaries to emphasis on building good communication and understanding. According to the army, this incident was not an incident like that of Doklam, it was very minor. But the thing is incidents and skirmish like this is a stymie in the bilateral relations.