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Indian Army thwarts provocative Chinese movement

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The Indian Army on Monday revealed that it thwarted “provocative” movements by Chinese troops on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake. The Indian Army said the development took place on the intervening night of August 29 and 30 in eastern Ladakh.

The fresh development has flared up the tension between India and China. The two countries are at loggerheads for the last 4-5 months.

China’s plan to change status quo

Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand said troops from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements on the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh. Additionally, he said, it carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.

“Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake. We undertook measures to strengthen our positions. We thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground,” he said.

Flag meeting at Chushul

A brigade commander-level flag meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve issues after the latest incident in the Pangong Tso area, the Army said.

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“The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity through dialogue but equally determined to protect the country’s territorial integrity,” it added.

India-China clash of June 15

The stand-off between India and China which started in April-May peaked on June 15. The stand-off intensified after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley.

Some 40 Chinese soldiers were killed or injured in the clash. However, Beijing never confirmed the number of casualties on its side. The two nations had agreed on disengagement since, but the withdrawal of troops is yet to be completed.

Chinese soldiers continue to occupy positions in depth on slopes along Finger 5 and on slopes extending towards Finger 8, satellite pictures showed.

India believes the Line of Actual Control lies at Finger 8, near Fort Khurnak, a historic site in the area. China believes the LAC is at Finger 4 and has prevented Indian soldiers from patrolling beyond the point since April.

 

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