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India, China accuse each other of firing warning shots

New Delhi: India and China accused each other of firing warning shots at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh to intimidate and push back each other.

The incident took place near Shenpao mountain close to the south bank of Pangong Tso (Lake) on September 7.

The use of firearms along the LAC marks a serious escalation in border tensions as the previous instance of shots being fired at the de-facto border was in 1975.

The Indian Army in a statement said that China continues to “undertake provocative activities to escalate” the situation at the border and it was the Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops who “fired a few rounds in the air” in an attempt to intimidate Indian troops. At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing,” Indian Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said.

China issued a statement that the Indian Army “blatantly fired threats” to the patrol personnel of the Chinese border guards who had made representation, and the Chinese border guards were forced to take “countermeasures to stabilize the situation on the ground.

The statement said it is serious military provocation and is of very bad nature.”We request the Indian side to immediately stop dangerous actions, immediately withdraw cross-line personnel, strictly restrain front-line troops, and strictly investigate and punish personnel who fired shots to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again,” said People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theater Command, Colonel Zhang Shuili .

India and China are engaged in a four-month-long standoff at the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. Despite several levels of dialogue, there has not been any breakthrough and the deadlock continues.

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