Mumbai: The Chinese Army opened fire in the air Monday night while attempting to close Indian checkpoints on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army said today, adding that Chinese PLA troops violated agreements and aggressively maneuvered. “
Firing is apparently taking place on LAC after a gap of nearly four decades.
In a detailed statement, the military said on Tuesday that Chinese troops were attempting to close one of our forward positions with the LAC yesterday and when their own troops stopped them, the PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate.”
The Indian Army said, “It is the PLA that is violating agreements and conducting aggressive maneuvers, while engagement continues at the military, diplomatic and political levels.”
The military’s statement came after China’s claim that Indian troops “illegally crossed the LAC” near Pangong Tso on Monday and accordingly forced Chinese troops to “retaliate” to stabilize the situation.
It states that despite this provocation, Indian soldiers exercised great restraint and behaved in a responsible manner.
“The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however, it is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs,” it further added and the Western Theater Command (one of the five orders of China’s PLA ) Dismissed the statement as “an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audiences.”
Earlier, India overtook China by controlling the strategic height near the southern bank of Lake Pangong. This thwarted an attempt by Chinese troops to infiltrate Indian areas near the southern coast of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh.
India and China have been at loggerheads over the changes made by the Chinese military in several areas, including Finger Area, Galvan Valley, Hot Springs, and Kongrung Nala, from April-May. The situation worsened after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in June.