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The line of actual control in the Himalayas between the two opposing sides has been reinforced since violence erupted on the night of June 15. Today the Indian army released a statement that said: “On the Night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.” In the latest skirmish, India claimed to have stopped the Chinese soldiers who were attempting to “unilaterally change facts on the ground”.
The recent events have happened in the Galwan valley region of the Himalayas.
Both sides claim the high altitude Pangong Tso lake and the latest incident occurred on the shore of its freezing waters.
An Indian army statement said: “Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake.
“Indian soldiers undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground.”
The two sides went to war in 1962 over their mutual border in the Himalayas.
The border is over 3,000 miles long and in some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet.
At the last serious skirmish in late June, the Indian army said 20 of its soldiers had been killed by Chinese troops in the disputed Kashmir region.
It was the first deadly clash on this border in 45 years.
Many of the soldiers that died succumbed to the sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain after falling or being pushed into a freezing river.
The Galwan river Valley area has now witnessed a build-up in Indian reinforcements.
Both India and China have deployed thousands of troops on either of the border in recent weeks.
The border between the two sides is entirely undefined and patrols overlap with each other and soldiers are often confused as to which side of the border they are on.
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Both sides have spent millions upgrading the infrastructure across the region that is known as Ladakh.
The Chinese side has recently interrupted Indian attempts to build a road through the region.
In the region troops on both sides don’t use weapons because they have various protocols and agreements to not do so.
India claims the Chinese side is circumventing this by using stone clubs and sticks with nails in them.
China refuses to give any details of whether their soldiers arm themselves with improvised weapons, they also have released no data on how many casualties they suffered as a result of the recent skirmishes.
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