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Fresh standoff between soldiers of India, China in Tawang, Arunachal; PLA jawans temporarily detained

Naveen Bharat Editorial

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese troops had a brief face-off at the LAC near Yangtse in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh last week. While this went on for a few hours, Indian Army soldiers reportedly detained some PLA soldiers.

Confirming the incident, a source said, “The soldiers of the Indian Army and PLA met at the LAC last week, where a physical linkage took place. No casualties were reported from either side.

The situation was finally resolved as per the protocol established with the consent of both the parties.

The face-off comes weeks after the incident in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti in August when PLA soldiers rode across the LAC on horses and stayed there for a few hours before leaving.

The Naveen Bharat had earlier reported that the standoff continues in eastern Ladakh where around 60,000 troops are deployed along the LAC. The standoff at Hot Spring, Despang and Demchok still persists. Troops along with their tanks, artillery and heavy vehicles have been evacuated from Galwan, Gogra and the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso.

Last year there was physical scuffle in Naku La Pass area in Sikkim and Kalapani area, which was resolved through talks between local commanders of both the sides.

“The India and China border is not formally demarcated and hence the LAC has a different perception. Both sides carry out patrol activities as per their perception,” said the source cited above.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the length of the LAC is 3488 km, which is divided into three sectors namely Eastern, Central and Western Sectors. China has been claiming Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as its territory. It has been claiming some other territories which India has retained as its land.

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