Everything is not quiet along the India-China border — reports of fresh clash between the India Army and Chinese PLA has created fresh tension along the LAC.
The Indian Army has issued a statement, and according to which, the PLA soldiers tried to infiltrate in East Ladakh, violating the grounds conditions of the agreements between the two Asian giants.
Fresh clashes were reported at Pangong Tso, Eastern Ladakh, Indian Army officials said, adding that the incident occurred at the southern end of Pangong Tso on the night of August 29 and 30.
Chinese troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.
Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane has alerted all the senior commanders overseeing the operation along the LAC to keep up a significantly high alertness and maintain the aggressive posturing to deal with any Chinese intrusion attempts, the sources said.
A brigade commander level flag meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve issues. Senior commanders at the Indian Army headquarters in New Delhi are monitoring the development closely.
The military confrontation between India and China will enter the fifth month this week, which saw a violent skirmish between the rival troops in Galwan Valley on June 15.
While 20 Indian soldiers died in the bloody skirmish, China has kept silent about the number of casualties in the PLA ranks. It was reported that more than 50 PLA soldiers were killed in the skirmish.
Earlier, describing the situation in Ladakh as serious, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said that the situation is ‘most serious’ after the 1962 conflict.
Jaishankar had said that the number of security forces currently deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) from both sides is also ‘unprecedented’.
Even Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat had said that if the talks fail to deal with the changes made by the Chinese Army, then there are military options to handle it.