LAC Standoff: Over four decades, firearms used for first time at LAC by Indo-Sino forces

LAC Standoff: Over four decades, firearms used for first time at LAC by Indo-Sino forces

‘China accused India for firing warning shots at PLA forces, while as India refuted the claims as baseless’

Leh, Ladakh: China on the early hours of Tuesday claimed that the Indian army crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC). It further also claimed that the India troops fired “warning shots” near the Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh to which their soldiers took “countermeasures”.
The firing incident took place on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh sector. In the contested sector, troops of India and China have been engaged in a stand-off for over four months.
The incident took place for the first time that firearms were involved along the 3,488-km LAC where no shots have been fired by either side for the last 45 years.
The Chinese officials on early hours of Tuesday claimed that the Indian army crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC). They further claimed that the India troops fired “warning shots” near the Pangong Tso Lake in eastern Ladakh to which their soldiers took “countermeasures”.
Taking stock of the situation, the Indian Army gave a statement. “In the instant case on 7th September, it was China’s PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops,” said the Indian Army.
The Army further stated, “While India is committed to disengagement and de-escalating situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate. At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.”
“Despite grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner. We are committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity, however, are also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs,” Indian Army said.
Pertinently, Monday’s incident comes as both sides are engaged in high-level talks in a bid to deescalate tensions at LAC.
Last Friday, the Chinese and Indian Defence Ministers met on the side-lines at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow, and the two countries’ foreign ministers are expected to meet today as well.

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