New Delhi: At least four Indians and 20 Chinese soldiers have been injured in yet another scuffle reported between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim. The incident happened two to three days back on the foreground of the 9th round of Commander-level talks.Also Read - China's PLA Has Found 'Missing' Arunachal Boy: Indian Army
According to an India Today report, the Indian Army foiled the attempt by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers to change the status quo at Naku La area of Sikkim. However, the situation appears to be tense but stable at borders right now, officials have said. Also Read - US President Biden, Japanese PM Kishida Discuss China, Nuke Weapons During First Formal Talks
However, the Indian Army has reacted to the event as a “minor face-off” and requested media to refrain from exaggeration. Also Read - China Building Illegal Villages in Disputed Bhutan Territory, Less Than 30 KM From Doklam: Report
“We have received several queries regarding a face-off between the Indian Army and PLA troops in Sikkim sector. It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Nakula area of North Sikkim on 20 January 2021 and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols. Media is requested to refrain from overplaying or exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect,” the Army stated.
The ninth round of military talks between India and China lasted for nearly 16 hours on Monday as the two sides held detailed deliberations on disengagement of troops from all friction points in eastern Ladakh, officials told PTI.
The venue of the meeting was the Moldo border point which is on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. People familiar with the negotiations said India insisted that it was up to China to carry forward the process of disengagement and de-escalation at friction points in the region.
India has been maintaining that the disengagement process has to start simultaneously at all friction points and no selective approach was acceptable to it.
A face-off between India and China had intensified in May last year when 20 Indian soldiers died in a violent clash with the Chinese Army.
Nearly 50,000 troops of the Indian Army are deployed in a high state of combat readiness in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh in sub-zero temperatures as multiple rounds of talks between the two sides have not yielded concrete outcome to resolve the standoff. China has also deployed an equal number of troops, according to officials.
In the last three months, the Indian Army rushed tanks, heavy weaponry, ammunition, fuel, food and essential winter supplies to various treacherous and high-altitude areas of the region to maintain combat readiness through the harsh winter of around four months starting around mid-October.