The Defense Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, said, “On December 9, in the Yangtse area of the Tawang sector, PLA troops encroached upon and attempted change the status quo. This attempt was tackled by our troops in a determined manner. “Our troops bravely stopped the PLA from encroaching upon our territory and forced them to go back to their posts.”
He also said that “the scuffle led to injuries to a few personnel on both sides.” I wish to share that there are no fatalities or serious casualties on our side and due to the timely intervention of Indian commanders, PLA soldiers went back to their locations. As a follow-up to the incident, the local commander in the area held a flag meeting with his counterpart on December 11, 2022, to discuss the issue by established mechanisms’
This is the second major incident that has taken place between Indian and Chinese troops in this region; the first was a clash that took place at the same location in Yangtse in October 2021.
According to some sources, over 200 Chinese troops armed with spiked clubs with nails on them, monkey fists, and taser guns clashed with Indian soldiers in the tense Yangtse area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector last Friday, leading to several injuries on both sides.
According to top sources, the Air Force began air patrols after observing Chinese fighters flying near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh.
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Tapir Gao, a BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh, claimed “border incidents” like the one that occurred between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector will harm bilateral relations.
“I was hurt when I heard about the December 9 incident. I condemn this. “If the PLA continues doing such things in the future, India-China relations will suffer,” he said in a video message on Monday.
Soon after reports of a clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector emerged, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the BJP government in a tweet, saying that China had learned from previous experiences, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi would never accept this invasion. He accused Prime Minister Modi of using friendly media to paint a different picture of China’s invasion of Indian territory. He further alleged that China had increased its force strength in Arunachal Pradesh by 75% by August 2022.
In a series of tweets, he questioned the administration over why Indian troops were unable to establish a military station in Arunachal Pradesh: “This is exactly what China accomplished in Doklam in 2017 and Ladakh in April 2020. Why did we not beef up our presence in Arunachal Pradesh?
It remains to be seen how this latest incident will impact the relationship between India and China. The clash has raised concerns over the continued tensions between the two countries, and the potential for further incidents in the future. Some have called on the Indian government to take a stronger stance against Chinese aggression, while others have urged caution and diplomacy in addressing the situation. Whatever the outcome, it is clear that the situation will require careful handling in order to prevent further escalation.