India-China Border Dispute: Defence Experts On Aggression At Pangong
Indian Army officers and security analysts said Chinese troops landed a few days ago on the southern side of the Pangong lake.
Indian and Chinese troops have locked horns again along their disputed border, Indian officials said on Monday (August 31), in a sign that the deadly tensions that erupted in June between the world’s two most populous countries are not going away. In a terse and somewhat cryptic statement, the Indian Defence Ministry said that the Chinese Army has “violated the previous consensus” and “carried out provocative military movements” near Pangong Tso lake, in the remote Ladakh region. Indian Army officers and security analysts said the Chinese troops landed a few days ago on the southern side.
The southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake traditionally has been considered Indian territory and the Indians saw the move as the latest example of Chinese aggression in a long string of provocations. The move provoked a standoff and then a rapid buildup. Troops from both sides yelled at each other and surged to within a yard or two before commanding officers from both sides pulled them apart. No punches were thrown and no personnel were injured, the analysts said, and the incident was much less severe than the vicious brawl that exploded in June in roughly the same area when 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed.
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