India China clash in Arunachal Pradesh, What happened so far?
The clash between the Indian Army and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops last week in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Army spokesman said that this skirmish took place on December 9, 2022.
According to media reports, the clash took place in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. Chinese troops crossed the LAC, which was contested by Indian soldiers in a ‘firm and resolute manner’.
‘About 200 Chinese soldiers attempted to breach the LAC, but Indian troops contested the PLA’s attempts in a ‘firm and resolute manner.’ This clash resulted in minor injuries to a small number of personnel on both sides,’ an army official said.
Indian and Chinese troops also clashed in hand-to-hand combat in June 2020 in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, bordering the Chinese-controlled Tibetan Plateau.
Twenty Indian soldiers were killed, and China suffered an undisclosed number of casualties, with both sides increasing their military presence, moving men, weapons, and supplies into the high-altitude desert region.
Opposition parties reaction
On the news of a skirmish with Chinese soldiers in Tawang, Congress has asked the BJP government to leave its wavering attitude while targeting it.
The Congress tweeted, ‘There is news of a skirmish between the soldiers of India and China in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh. The time has come for the government to explain to China in a stern tone that its act will not be tolerated.’
AIMIM Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has questioned the government as to why the government hid information about the clash for so many days when the winter session of the Parliament is going on.
‘The reports coming from Arunachal Pradesh are worrying and alarming. A major clash took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers and the government has kept the country in the dark for days. Why was the Parliament not informed, when it is in session,’ Owaisi questioned.
‘The details of the incident are sketchy. What was the cause of the clash? Were shots fired or was it like Galwan? How many soldiers have been injured? What is their condition? Why can’t the Parliament extend their public support to the soldiers to send a strong message to China,’ he further asked.
Clash between two countries
On June 15, 2020, there was a bloody clash between the soldiers of the two countries in Galwan, in eastern Ladakh. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in that skirmish.
India has been saying that Chinese soldiers were also killed in large numbers in Galwan. But China had confirmed the deaths of only four soldiers.
In February 2022, an Australian newspaper ‘The Klaxon’ claimed in one of its investigative reports that not four Chinese soldiers, but many more, meaning at least 38 PLA soldiers had been killed in Galwan.
A commander who participated in the Galwan skirmish was invited by China to this year’s meeting of the Communist Party of China.
In the year 2020, a serious situation had arisen between India and China. On May 1, 2020, there was a clash between the soldiers of the two countries on the northern shore of Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh.
Dozens of soldiers from both sides were injured in this. After this, on June 15, there was again a confrontation between the soldiers of the two countries in the Galwan Valley.
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