Tension Persists in India-China Borders, Soldiers From Both Countries Suffer Injuries

On May 5, a disturbance broke out between Indian and Chinese troops; at the Pangong Tso Lake in the Himalayan region of Ladakh. The army personnel from India and China clashed with iron rods, sticks, and even resorted to stone-pelting in the Pangong Tso lake area. Reportedly, over 100 soldiers from both sides suffered injuries. In addition, a similar incident took place on May 9  in North Sikkim. Nearly 150 military personnel from India and China engaged in a face-off near Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector. At least 10 soldiers from both sides sustained injuries.

Notably, the Chinese side is annoyed by India as India lays a key road in the Finger Area of the Pangong Tso Lake area; likewise, another road made last year connects the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galway Valley.  To elaborate, the Chinese seek stoppage of construction activities close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese soldiers trespassed into Indian areas up to 3 km in at least four locations. Also, a troop build-up on the northern sector along their side of the LAC.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) accused the Chinese troops of blocking regular Indian patrols along the LAC. Explicitly, India has been boosting its border infrastructure, with new roads and airbases inaugurated in remote Himalayan areas. India demanded that China revert to their state along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. Consequently, both sides have been asserting. Pending the final resolution of the boundary issue; it is necessary to maintain peace and calmness in the border areas.

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