Ladakh — Tibetan Soldier Killed in New Clashes

  • China and India have relapsed into military conflicts in the border area since August 29.
  • It is reported that an Indian soldier has been killed.
  • China and India have also accused each other of being the initiator of the conflict.

The Chinese and Indian armies clashed again on the Himalayan border this week. According to AFP, a member of the Indian Special Border Force was unfortunately killed in the clash. This is the first death reported from two incidents which occurred in the last 48 hours.

India said on Monday that its soldiers thwarted ‘provocative’ movements by China’s military near a disputed border in the Ladakh region.

The two countries had a continuous military conflict at the border in June, when at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed. India and China accused each other on Saturday and Monday of intending to cross the unofficial border in the Ladakh region in order to expand their territory.

Although neither party has released official casualties data, Namghyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, told AFP on Wednesday that a Tibetan-Indian soldier was in a bilateral conflict on Saturday night.

He said that among India’s special border troops, there are many Tibetans who oppose China’s entry into their homeland, and one of its members was also injured in the conflict.

China and India Blame Each Other

China and India accused each other of initiating the latest wave of conflicts. The Indian Defense Minister said that the Chinese troops launched provocative military operations in the border area last Saturday, with the intention of changing the status quo of the border.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army said that India’s actions on Monday seriously violated China’s territorial sovereignty and demanded that India immediately withdraw its troops.

On Tuesday, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused China of being the instigator of the latest wave of conflicts. It emphasized that the People’s Liberation Army troops were trying to seize the hills that were previously considered territories by India. Indian troops were forced to take measures to strengthen their manpower and prevent the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from making changes to the status quo of the China-Indian border.

Indian and Chinese troops have been involved in a face-off since May in India’s Ladakh region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on Monday that the Indian army undermined the consensus reached at the earlier multi-level talks between the two sides in the area south of Pangong Lake and Rechin, on the western section of the China-Indian border. Illegal crossing of the line near the mountain pass again provoked tension on the border.

He said:

“India’s move has grossly violated China’s territorial sovereignty, seriously violated relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquility along the China-India border areas. What India has done runs counter to the efforts made by both sides for a period of time to ease and cool down the situation on the ground, and China is resolutely opposed to this.”

China’s response opposes it, and has lodged solemn representations with the Indian side, demanding that the Indian side immediately stop all provocative actions, immediately withdraw illegal crossovers, and “immediately stop any actions that may escalate and complicate the situation.”

After the two disputes between China and India were reported within 48 hours, the US State Department also stated that the United States is paying close attention to the matter, and called on both sides to resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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