Rajnath Singh provided information to the Parliament during his speech regarding the clash between Indian and Chinese troops that occurred on December 9 and resulted in “minimal casualties” for both sides.
In an effort to “unilaterally change the status quo,” Chinese troops attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. However, they were thwarted by “timely intervention of Indian military commanders,” the defence minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers attempted to unilaterally alter the status quo on December 9, 2022, in the Yangtze area of Tawang Sector.
The Army “heroically” stopped the PLA from invading our country and forced them to return to their stations during the ensuing physical altercation, according to Singh.He continued by saying that some individuals from both sides were hurt during the altercation.
Course Of Events
About 300 to 400 PLA soldiers crossed the LAC at Yangtse, which is about 25 kilometres from Tawang, during the early morning fight. It was supposedly their intention to remove an Indian post.Indian soldiers stationed nearby promptly engaged the Chinese troops and dealt with them “in a forceful and uncompromising manner.”
The Army was also immediately sent back up to manage the situation.
Taser guns, spiked clubs, and other combat weapons were apparently carried by two of the Chinese soldiers who were reportedly involved in the altercations. Jawans on the Indian side had “everything and more than what the Chinese had,” including their own collection of melee weapons.
In the battle, soldiers from both sides suffered fractured limbs and other wounds. At least six injured jawans were transported to a Guwahati military hospital.
The Army acknowledged that there had been fighting on December 9 in the Twang Sector in a brief statement on Monday.”Right away, all participants left the area. Our commander in the region convened a flag meeting with his PLA counterpart as a follow-up to the incident to discuss the situation in accordance with organised protocols to “restore peace and tranquility.”
There are several spots along the LAC in the Tawang sector of Arunachal where the perceptions are different, and both sides police the area up to their claim lines. Since 2006, this has been the trend, and it continues.
Lt Gen C. B. Ponnappa, the Army’s adjutant general, stated on Tuesday that everything was in order and under control in the area and that “we are all secure.”
IAF Jets Were Scrambled
In response to China’s escalating aviation actions on its side of the LAC in the Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Air Force scrambled fighter jets. Prior to its attempts on December 9 to unilaterally alter the situation in the Yangtse area of the Tawang sector, China had deployed some aerial equipment, including drones, in the area.
The IAF scrambled the jets and raised overall battle readiness, the sources claimed, after several Chinese drones flew near the LAC. They added that the IAF follows routine operating procedures, which include scrambling fighter jets in case of specific security concerns, and that it has increased overall surveillance in some areas in light of the Chinese attempt at intrusion on December 9.
The Army and IAF are both keeping a close eye on the situation. The number of combat jet missions by the IAF in the area has increased.
Complete Parliamentary Statement By The Defence Minister
The event occurred on our border in the Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9, 2022, and I would want to inform this august House about it.
On December 9, 2022, PLA troops attempted to unilaterally alter the status quo in the Yangtse area of Tawang Sector by crossing the LAC. The violent altercation that followed resulted in the Indian Army valiantly stopping the PLA from invading our territory and forcing them to return to their stations. A few staff members from both sides were hurt during the altercation.
PLA soldiers returned to their original locations as a result of the quick action of Indian military authorities. A flag meeting was held on December 11, 2022, between the local commander and his counterpart to discuss the incident in accordance with established processes. The Chinese side was urged to avoid taking part in such activities and keep the border area calm and peaceful. Through diplomatic channels, the problem has also been brought up with the Chinese side.
This House needs to know that our forces are committed to defending our territorial integrity and will keep up their efforts to thwart any attempts to do so. I have every faith that the entire House will unite in support of our brave military. Jai Hind!
Had Brought Up A Concern With China About The Clash: Rajnath
The defence minister informed lawmakers after his statement in Parliament that India has diplomatically brought up the matter with China.
Indian soldiers blocked its troops on a routine patrol on the Chinese side of the LAC, according to China. Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesman for the Chinese PLA’s Western Theatre Command, This led to a confrontation on December 9.
In the eastern sector of the China-India border, in the Dongzhang area, “the border defence forces organised regular patrol on the Chinese side of the LAC, which was obstructed by the Indian Army trespassing across the line,” said Long.
Since then, both parties have been in a state of disengagement. The two sides have maintained open communication on border-related problems through diplomatic and military channels, according to Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry.
Despite this, Wang said, “As far as we know, the current border situation between China and India is largely stable.” Wang would not elaborate on the conflict that occurred on December 9.
India has a sizable military presence in Tawang, which China asserts is a part of south Tibet.
The PLA has already breached the area across the LAC to destroy unoccupied bunkers and other facilities on the Indian side.
Particularly in Yangtse, clashes between the opposing troops have been happening often.
For instance, in October 2021, the PLA attempted to ascend a 17,000-foot peak in Yangtse but was halted by watchful Indian soldiers stationed nearby.
Since the violent Galwan Valley incident in eastern Ladakh on June 15, 2020, there have been a number of clashes and smaller skirmishes along the 3,488 km of the Ladakh Highway. However, last week’s clash was the first significant one since that incident.
The most recent conflict at Yangtse occurred while India and China were still deciding on a date for the 17th round of discussions at the corps commander level. Last month, Army Chief of Staff General Manoj Pande described the situation along the Chinese border as “stable but unpredictable,” adding that the PLA has neither scaled back its soldiers along the LAC nor slowed down on building infrastructure for better military communication and mobility.