China has now given a clarification after tensions between Indian and Chinese troops increased in the Pangong Tso Lake area in eastern Ladakh. China on Wednesday claimed that ‘People’s Liberation Army’ (PLA) soldiers were carrying out ‘normal patrolling’ inside the Chinese border. Let me tell you that earlier it was reported that a Chinese helicopter was seen flying around the airplane in Indian eastern Ladakh and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets also flew to flee them. However, sources in the Indian government have also clarified that the Indian airspace was not violated in Ladakh from the Chinese side.
Diplomatic contact between the two countries
Earlier last week, near Pangong Lake, there was a clash between about 250 soldiers of the armies of both countries. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the two countries are in diplomatic contact over the skirmish. Zhao has claimed that China’s stance on the border issue is as clear and clear as before. The troops stationed along the Chinese border maintain peace and stability in the border areas.
The spokesman said, “China is doing normal patrolling on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). We request India to work with China and abstain from any issue that may confuse (the issue), so as to create an environment conducive to the development of our bilateral relations and peace and stability in the border areas. ‘
Stay in place
Sources said in New Delhi that on May 5, at least two Chinese helicopters were seen flying near the Sino-India border in the area following a skirmish between the troops of both sides. After this, Sukhoi-30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force also flew there. When asked about the clash, sources said that soldiers from both sides remained at their respective places. However, additional troops were brought in anticipating tensions and escalation. Sources said the situation in the area remained tense.
Flight has been done even before
On 6 May the two sides agreed to end the deadlock following negotiations between local commanders. At the same time, a source in Delhi said, “The situation remains tense.” Sources said the sighting of Chinese helicopters in the area is not an unusual occurrence as Indian military helicopters also fly from their three military bases in the area. In the late evening of May 5, there was a clash and stone pelting between Indian soldiers and Chinese soldiers on the northern side of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh, injuring some soldiers from both sides.
The first dispute after 2017
In another incident, about 150 Indian and Chinese military personnel crashed on Saturday near the Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector on the Sino-Indian border in which at least 10 soldiers were injured on both sides, sources said. Such an incident between soldiers of both countries took place in August 2017 near Pangong Lake. This is the first such incident after that.
Chances of becoming war in 2017
Doklam had a 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in 2017. Fears of war between the two nuclear countries also arose from that incident. The India-China border dispute is over the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC). This is the undisclosed border between the two countries. China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is a part of South Tibet, while India has been denying it. Both sides say that it is necessary to maintain peace in the border areas until the boundary issue is resolved.