Amid bilateral talks of deescalating border tensions between two South Asian nuclear powers, the Indian Army claims China on Monday night undertook provocative activities to escalate the tension by firing in the air at LAC.
The report comes after an Indian Army resealed an official situation update in the recent Eastern Ladakh cash point where war-like tensions have been brewing until the two nations agreed to subside peacefully.
China’s mouthpiece Global Times claimed Indian Army “illegally crossed” the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Monday night which forces the PLA to take countermeasures for stability.
“The Indian troops crossed the LAC at the west section of the China-India border, into the Shenpao mountain region near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake,” a Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili said, as quoted by Global Times.
“The Indian side’s move seriously violated related agreements reached by both sides, stirred up tensions in the region, and would easily cause misunderstandings and misjudgments, which is a serious military provocation and is very vile in nature,” the spokesperson added.
However, now, the IA has alleged that the PLA ‘blatantly violated agreements and carried out aggressive maneuvers, while engagement at military, diplomatic, and political levels is in progress, the Army statement read.
“[…] it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate their own troops,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
But the Indian Army maintained grave restraint and behaved in a responsible and mature manner. Both India and China are now initiating talks across multiple layers o diplomacy and military to ease border tensions.