India-China clash in Arunachal Pradesh
The clash between Indian and Chinese troops has happened in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector in the early hours of December 9. Both side troops were beating each other up with sticks and canes in their closest encounter since the deadly Galwan incident in eastern Ladakh in June 2020.
The injured Indian soldiers were moved to a Guwahati hospital for treatment.
Immediate reaction to restore peace:
Both sides immediately withdrew from the area.
As a follow up of the incident, own (Indian) commander in the area kept a flag meeting with his counterpart to talk about the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquility.
The incident happened days after China uttered objection to Operation Yudhabhyas, an India-US joint military exercise at Auli in the Uttarakhand hills after claiming it is a violation of 1993 and 1996 border agreements.
The continuing military tensions at different points along the 3,000 km-Line of Actual Control occurs as New Delhi kicked off a series of events as part of its presidency of the G-20.
Background of the incident:
The clash in Arunachal Pradesh happened at about 3 am at a nullah along the LAC in the Tawang heights near a point called Yangtse in Eastern Tawang.
As we all know this part of the LAC is one of the “agreed disputed areas” between the two countries.
Indian and Chinese troops are placed on either side of the nullah, but on this night, some 300 Chinese troops arrived to the Indian side.
Due to arrival of Chinese troops, some 70 to 80 Indian troops transferred quickly in the dead of night to push back the intruders. There was intense hand-to-hand combat with sticks and canes for a few hours.
Current situation between India-China:
Tensions in Ladakh uphold over the build-up of Chinese troops in Depsang, intrusions in Demchok and the rapid infrastructure constructed by the Chinese, including two bridges over the Pangong lake that will reduce Chinese mobilization time on the southern bank.