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Indian, Chinese troops clash in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh

There have been injuries to both Indian and Chinese soldiers, but there are no reports of any deaths.

NEW DELHI-   Indian and Chinese troops clashed at Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh on December 9. There have been injuries to both Indian and Chinese soldiers, but there are no reports of any deaths.

Indian and Chinese troops clashed with each other last Friday in Yangtse in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector, which led to “minor” injuries on both sides, defence sources said Monday.

The two countries’ soldiers have since disengaged after a Flag Meeting was held between the local commanders.

On 9 December, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops tried to cross over to the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which was contested by Indian soldiers, sources said.

They added the Indian troops contested the Chinese in “a firm and resolute manner”.

This face-off led to minor injuries to few personnel from both sides, the sourced added.

The sources stressed that certain areas along the LAC in the Tawang sector have differing perceptions, wherein both sides patrol the area upto their claim lines on the LAC.

This has been the trend since 2006, they said, adding that  both sides “immediately disengaged from the area”.

The one major being in October 2021 at Yangtse, 35 km northeast of Tawang. The Chinese attempt to get access to the top of 17,000 feet peak was thwarted and the area is now under snow and will remain so till March.

This is the first physical clash between the two armies since August 2020 near Rinchen La in eastern Ladakh.

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