It is common knowledge that tensions are high along the Indo-China border, ever since the clash between the armed forces of both the Asian giants happened in June. The armed forces of both India and China are on full vigil and the buildup of armaments and troops along forward bases on either side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is worrisome. Though talks are going on at multiple levels (military, diplomatic and political), the tension is not reducing by any count. Recently, there were allegations by China that troops of the Indian army had illegally crossed the LAC and that their own troops had to take "countermeasures" to stabilise the situation.

However, the Indian Army had clarified that it had not violated the ceasefire and that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) was the one who had been showing aggression. Now, a latest report states that about 50-60 members of the PLA had advanced on an Indian Army post in the Southern bank of the Pangong Tso lake. The Chinese troops were said to be carrying rods, spears, clubs with barbed wire wrapped around them (called Guandao) and poles with long blades at the end, had aggressively tried to close in on the Indian position. When the Indian Army personnel stood their ground and forced the aggressive Chinese troops to back away, the PLA are said to have fired about 10-15 rounds in the air, to intimidate the Indian soldiers. 

This marks the first time in 45 years that shots have been fired and firearms have been used along the LAC area. The last time that the Indian and Chinese troops engaged with firearms and shots were fired, was way back in 1975. The recent attacks using weapons is said to be similar to the June attacks in the Galwan Valley, which resulted in 20 casualties on the Indian side and an unspecified number of Chinese casualties. India has reiterated that it did not fire any shots and that the PLA had attempted to seize the strategic heights, which were already under Indian control. India has total control of strategic high locations along the Pangong Lake, which overlooks key Chinese posts in the Moldo area. This latest clash has lead to unusually high tensions along the border, just a couple of days ahead of a meeting of high-level ministers of both India and China, at Moscow.