Indian and Chinese troops involved in another border clash in eastern Himalayas

Indian and Chinese troops involved in another border clash in eastern Himalayas

However, the army asked media to refrain from exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect.

The two sides will meanwhile "continue" their efforts to ensure their frontline troops exercise restraint, stabilize and control the situation along the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of eastern Ladakh to "jointly maintain peace and tranquility", it said.

The face-off was resolved between the two sides by officers, the Army said.

In June, troops from the two sides fought with fists and wooden clubs in the Galwan valley of Ladakh region, leaving at least 20 Indian troops and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers dead.

Sikkim is in the eastern Himalayas, thousands of kilometres from Ladakh where the military crisis began past year and erupted into hand-to-hand combat that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unspecified number of Chinese casualties.

There were "insignificant and minor injuries" on both sides, sources added.

One such statement from the seventh round of talks last October read, per the Times of India: "Both sides agreed to earnestly implement the important understandings reached by the leaders of the two countries, not to turn differences into disputes, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas".

About the latest round of talks, a person privy to the developments told HT that the situation hasn't changed since August-September when the Indian Army "took control of key heights on the southern bank of Pangong Tso".

While speaking about China opting for an aggressive stance in eastern Ladakh, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria said: "If they [China] can be aggressive, we can also be aggressive". "Neither India nor China would want to escalate border troubles".

The current standoff began in May, when China intruded into areas claimed by India at several points along the frontier, experts say.

The latest round of Corps Commander talks came more than two months after the eighth round was held on November 6 between the two Commanders.

Sources said the talks will take forward the phase-wise withdrawal agreed upon in the last round.

Indian and China are across the table for the 9th time today to focus and workout the disengagement in the Eastern Ladakh region.

The two countries have been engaged in a stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) since April-May previous year.

According to the information, on May 9 past year also, there was a clash between India and China at this place. About 10 troops from each side were injured.

Amid ongoing tensions between India and China, another clash between both armies was reported on Monday.

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