China and India clash again in Ladakh (29/30 August 2020)…

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They accuse each other of incursion into southern bank of lake in region

Nirmala Ganapathy India Bureau Chief In New Delhi

Tensions between India and China have flared anew with the Indian Army saying it thwarted an advance by Chinese troops along the banks of a lake that straddles both countries.

Both countries blamed each other for the incursion.

The confrontation, according to the Indian Army, took place on the southern bank of the picturesque Pangong Tso lake, which stretches from Tibet to Ladakh, an area that has been a major source of friction. One-third of the lake lies in India and the rest in China, according to the official website of the Ladakh union territory.

A source with knowledge of the matter on the Indian side said Chinese troops were moving to capture a higher vantage point to gain a dominant position on the southern bank of the 135km lake.

The Indian army, in an official statement, blamed the Chinese side for raising tensions and carrying out “provocative military movements”.

However, a spokesman for the Western Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Colonel Zhang Shuili, accused the Indian Army of illegally crossing the border and asked it to withdraw to “avoid further escalation of the situation”.

In an official statement, Indian Army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand, 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 stand-off in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo.

“Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the southern bank of Pangong Tso lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground.”

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