China accuses India of crossing LAC and firing at PLC... India refutes claims!
Galatta | Sep 08, 2020, 02:19 pm
The Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) incursion into Indian territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in June, saw skirmishes between them and the Indian Army. This led to violent clashes along the border with casualties on both sides. Ever since, the tensions have been high between India and China with speculations of a full-blown war between the two Asian nations, being rife. However, after talks between the two sides on various levels, de-escalation was agreed upon at the border and a sense of normalcy began to settle in, despite there still being tensions. However, the calls to boycott all Chinese products began rising across India and the Indian government has since banned close to 200+ Chinese apps, citing security reasons. For the past couple of days, the tensions have begun rising along the Indo-China border.
Now, the PLA has accused the Indian Army of crossing the LAC into Chinese territory on Monday night and firing provocatory shots at the Chinese patrol guards, in the Pangong area. A statement from the PLA's Western Theater Command spokesperson accused Indian troops of provoking China by crossing the LAC at the "shore of the Shenpao Mountain area." His statement continued, "During the operation, the Indian Army blatantly fired shots at the patrol personnel of the Chinese border guards who had made representations and the Chinese guards were forced to take countermeasures to stabilise the situation on the ground." These allegations are serious as reports state that no shots have been fired at the LAC for a number of decades, even in the June clash that resulted in the Indian Army losing 20 personnel and the Chinese Army losing an unspecified number of personnel.
These allegations from China come just ahead of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India & China, at Moscow. However, earlier today, India denied all these allegations by China and the Indian Ministry of Defence released a statement, telling, "India, while is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate. At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing." The Ministry further added that it is in fact the PLA which has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manouevres, despite the two countries being engaged in diplomatic, political and military talks at various levels. Stay tuned for updates...