September 9, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The situation at China-India Line of Actual Control (LAC) is turning serious as both sides have fired gunshots in recent days.
China and India have accused each other of firing shots on their flashpoint LAC in a further escalation of military tension between the nuclear-armed Asian rivals.
Beijing’s defence ministry accused India of “severe military provocation”, saying soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western border region on Monday and “opened fire to threaten the Chinese border defence patrol officers”.
New Delhi was swift to give its own account, accusing Chinese border forces of “blatantly violating agreements” and firing “a few rounds in the air” to intimidate Indian side.
A spokesperson for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) gave no specifics and did not report casualties, calling on India to investigate the incident.
China’s western military command said the incursion occurred on Monday along the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake in the area known in Chinese as Shenpaoshan. On the Indian side, the area is known as Chushul, where both sides’ local military commanders have held several rounds of talks to defuse the tense standoff. But the tensions are consistently escalating.
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