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India, China Troops Have Heated Exchange In Ladakh, Issue Resolved

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Indian and Chinese Army engaged in a heated exchange in eastern Ladakh near the Pangong Tso Lake
  • The exchange was triggered after Chinese Army personnel objected to patrol by Indian soldiers in the area
  • The issue has been resolved with delegation-level talks between the two sides.

In a major military face-off, Indian and Chinese Army engaged in a heated exchange in eastern Ladakh near the Pangong Tso Lake on Wednesday, as per sources. Sources report that the exchange was triggered after Chinese Army personnel objected to patrol by Indian soldiers in the area. The Army has issued a statement that the incident occurred due to deferring perceptions about the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. Sources report that the issue has been resolved with delegation-level talks between the two sides.

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The Doklam stand-off

Previously in 2017, India's relationship with China was severely hit by the 73-day face-off between armies of the two countries at the strategically sensitive Doklam tri-junction in the Sikkim sector. On 16 June 2017, under the pretext of constructing roads under the One Belt One Road initiative, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and road-building equipment began extending an existing road southward in Doklam. They entered upto 6 km into the Bhutanese territory before they were stopped by Indian troops on the Sikkim border on 18 June 2017. The tense issue de-escalated on 28 August 2017 when both countries' troops withdrew troops from Doklam.

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Indo-China on J&K

Meanwhile, after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, EAM S Jaishankar took a crucial three-day visit to China where he called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. Addressing the matter with his Chinese counterpart during the visit, EAM Jaishankar affirmed that India's decisions on Jammu and Kashmir are the country's "internal" matter. He added that the matter had no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the LAC with China.  Beijing had objected to the transformation of Ladakh as Union Territory, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty, evoking a sharp reaction from New Delhi.

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China's other faceoff

China is currently involved in a 'war for democracy' with its territory- Hongkong. According to international reports, the country stationed its military forces in Hong Kong during the wee hours of August 29 while terming it as a regular drill. Video graphic evidence from a CCTV showed a group of armored carriers, trucks and a patrol boat crossing the border at night from the Shenzhen, that acts as a neighboring city. This has sown doubts that the Chinese troops might interfere in Hong Kong's protests for pro-democracy which is into its third month.

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