LAC clash: ‘300 Chinese soldiers confronted Indian side, dealt with in firm manner’

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese troops clashed along the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh last week resulting in some jawans suffering minor injuries, the Army said on Monday.
The Chinese had come heavily prepared with around 300 soldiers but did not expect the Indian side also to be well prepared, said an ANI report quoting military sources.
At least six injured jawans were brought to Guwahati for treatment, sources said, adding that there were twice as many injuries on the Chinese side.
‘Both sides immediately disengaged’
“On December 9, 2022, People’s Liberation Army troops contacted the LAC in Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh which was contested by Indian troops in a firm and resolute manner. This face-off led to minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides. Both sides immediately disengaged from the area,” the Army said in a statement.
Following the incident, the Army said that India’s commander in the area held a flag meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to “restore peace and tranquility”.
In certain areas along the LAC in the Tawang Sector, there are areas of differing perception wherein both sides patrol the area up to their claim lines, added military sources. This has been the trend since 2006.
Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a brief face-off near Yangtse (Tawang Sector) in October last year as well and it was resolved following talks between local commanders of the two sides as per established protocols.
First clash since Galwan in 2020
This is the first incident of its kind after the deadly Galwan Valley clash in Ladakh in 2020.
In June 2020, Chinese and Indian troops engaged in aggressive melee, face-offs, and skirmishes at locations along the Sino-Indian border, including near the disputed Pangong Lake in Ladakh and the Tibet Autonomous Region, and near the border between Sikkim and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Additional clashes also took place at locations in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control. The clash led to the death of 20 Indian troops and over 45 Chinese soldiers.
Both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry.
Bolstered operational capabilities
Following the eastern Ladakh standoff, the Army significantly bolstered its operational capabilities along the LAC in the eastern theatre.
The eastern theatre largely comprises the border areas along the LAC in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and the frontier areas have a number of sensitive forward locations including in the Tawang and North Sikkim sectors.
The Army put into place an effective surveillance apparatus and there has been a substantial improvement in overall monitoring of the areas in the last two years, military officials said.
In September, Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita said that the Indian Army is continuously monitoring activities of the PLA along the LAC and is well-poised to mitigate any challenges.
(With inputs from agencies)
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