New Delhi/Beijing: As military tensions between nuclear-armed nations escalate, India and China on Tuesday accused each other of firing into the air during a new confrontation on the western border of the Himalayas.
Hundreds of soldiers were in close contact along the remote border, and a conflict broke out in June, causing 20 Indian soldiers to fight in person.
Both parties abide by a long-term agreement to avoid the use of guns on sensitive, undefined borders, although the agreement does not prevent casualties.
The Indian army said in a statement that on Monday night, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops tried to close India’s forward position on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or de facto border in the Ladakh region. .
“And when dissuaded by own (Indian troops), PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” the army said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the Indian side acted with restraint.
“At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing,” it said.
But China says that Indians have violated the informal border through the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake, where tensions have continued for more than a week.
“The Indian troops brazenly made gunshot threat to the patrolling Chinese border guards who came forwards for negotiations, and the Chinese border guards were forced to take countermeasures to stabilise the situation,” said Zhang Shuili, a representative of the PLA’s western theater command.
Since July, military commanders and diplomats have held several rounds of talks to alleviate tensions, but little progress has been made in reducing force over the arid heights that both countries claim and believe are critical to their safety.
Indian officials said that when the Indian army mobilized to stop the Chinese army at the end of last month, the recent tensions began near Gaoshan Pan Gong Lake. The actions of the Indian army indicate that they intend to occupy the top of the hill that India considers its territory.
After India stated that China had invaded the deep parts of Latin American and Caribbean countries, each country urged the other to limit the advancing forces that had been in a standoff since April.
Beijing denies this accusation.
“We request the Indian side to immediately stop dangerous actions…and strictly investigate and punish personnel who fired shots to ensure that similar incidents do not occur,” the PLA’s Zhang said in the statement about Monday’s incident.
India and China fought a border war in 1962 and continued to occupy thousands of square kilometers of territory, from the snowy deserts of Ladakh in the west to the mountains and forests in the east.