Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers attempted to invade Indian territory in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. This was said by Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday, TASS reports today, December 13, citing a message from the head of India’s Department of Defense on Twitter.
“On December 9, 2022, PLA troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo by invading the Line of Actual Control in the Tawang Sector area. Our army responded firmly to this attempt by China,” – directs the message of the Singh agency.
He noted that “Indian Army bravely stopped the PLA’s invasion of its territory and forced them to retreat to their positions.”
“During the shooting, several soldiers from both sides were injured. None of our soldiers died and no one was seriously injured,” he added. — further wrote the Minister of Defense of India.
Singh said this “situation has been discussed with China at the diplomatic level.” According to him, it was possible to agree “to maintain peace on the border”.
“Our forces are fully committed to protecting our territorial integrity and are always ready to prevent any encroachment on it,” he added. Singh concluded.
On Monday, ANI news agency, citing sources, reported that on December 9, border forces from India and China clashed at the border in the Tawang area. According to the agency, the Chinese army entered the actual line of control that separates the two countries, but was stopped by the Indian army “firmly and decisively”. Several soldiers from both sides were injured. According to sources, both sides immediately withdrew from the area.
In May 2020, clashes took place in the mountainous region of Ladakh on the border of the two countries, resulting in casualties on both sides. India and China have sent heavy artillery, tanks and aircraft to the region. After a series of negotiations at the military and diplomatic levels last year, Beijing and New Delhi began a mutual troop withdrawal from the border line. The lack of a demarcated border between India and China in the Himalayas has been a source of tension for decades.
In 1959, India announced that the Chinese side had seized part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh, and in 1962 an Indo-Chinese armed conflict broke out, as a result of which about 38,000 meters squares belonging to India came under Chinese control. km in the regions of Ladakh and Aksai Chin.