China claimed that Indian forces have illegally crossed a disputed border and fired “provocative” warning shots at patrolling soldiers.
A military spokesperson said that Chinese guards were “forced to take countermeasures”. Though it was not clear what they were.
According to the news source, senior colonel Zhang Shuili spokesperson of the People’s Liberation Army quoted that Indian troops had “illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) into the Shenpao mountain region near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake”.
Mr. Zhang said India’s move “seriously violated related agreements reached by both sides, stirred up tensions in the region… and is very vile in nature.”
However, Indian authorities have not responded to the allegation yet.
According to the international news agency BBC, A 1996 agreement between both countries bars the use of guns and explosives from the Line of Actual Control as the disputed border is known, although soldiers have clashed there before.
The PLA spokesperson also called on the Indian side to “immediately stop dangerous moves, withdraw personnel who crossed the LAC… and punish the personnel who fired the provocative shot”.
On the other hand, India and China have agreed to work to reduce border tensions following a meeting of defence ministers on the sidelines of the SCO summit.
It should be noted that the two nuclear-armed countries had deployed additional troops along the western Himalayan border after a clash in June, during which 20 Indian soldiers were killed in an unarmed battle. ۔