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Chinese and Indian authorities accused each other of firing shots along the disputed Himalayan border on Monday, disrupting a decades-old agreement.
Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that Indian troops illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control and fired warning shots against patrolling Chinese forces, while the Indian army denied that any soldiers had crossed the border. The Chinese army stated that it was then forced to take counter-measures. News of the confrontation comes just days after a meeting between both sides’ defense ministers in which the countries agreed to promote peace and “cool current tensions.”
The accusations of shots fired have heightened tensions that reignited earlier this year when both sides clashed in the western Himalayas, resulting in 20 Indian casualties. Experts say this year China has intruded and now controls as much as 400 square miles of Indian land. The disputed border has long been a source of unrest, leading to an established protocol in 1996 that said both sides would refrain from firing their weapons during encounters that occur as they patrol the border.
Indian, Chinese brigadiers have heated exchange on Ladakh over hotline – India Today – 9/8/2020
The ongoing brigadier-level talks between officers from Indian and Chinese armies took a sour turn on Tuesday as military leaders from both sides decided against holding in-person talks after Monday’s LAC clash.
China, India accuse each other of firing shots in tense border region – South China Morning Post – 9/7/2020
The worst border dispute between the two countries in four decades has escalated in recent months. A fatal clash in June left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of casualties on the Chinese side.
Experts warn China-India standoff risks unintentional war – Associated Press – 9/5/2020
For 45 years, a series of agreements, written and unwritten, maintained an uneasy truce along the border on the eastern edge of the Himalayan region of Kashmir. But moves and clashes over the past few months have made the situation unpredictable, raising the risk that a miscalculation from either side could have serious consequences that resonate beyond the cold-desert region.
China planning building spree in Tibet as India tensions rise, sources say – Reuters – 9/4/2020
The renewed push to step-up development of the remote and impoverished southwestern region signals Beijing’s intent to bolster frontier security amid heightened border tensions with India in recent months, two of the sources said.