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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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India betrayed accords, consensus: China

New Delhi/Beijing: China on Wednesday again accused India of provoking a border clash along the Line of Actual Control saying that the face-off was caused by India’s “betrayal of consensuses and unilateral provocations”.

“The incident was entirely caused by Indian’s violation of consensus and its unilateral provocation, and it happened in China-controlled territory. The responsibility rests entirely with the Indian side,” China’s defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said.

He claimed that when Chinese troops were trying to negotiate about the matter, they were suddenly attacked by Indian officers and soldiers. “That led to fierce physical conflicts between the two sides in which the Chinese troops used defensive measures,” Wu said.

“The entire incident was caused by India’s betrayal of consensuses and unilateral provocations and took place on the Chinese side of the line,” he repeated.

The clash was the deadliest between the two countries in 45 years with India losing 20 of its soldiers and China keeping the information on its casualties a secret.

Contrary to the Chinese claim, India’s Ministry of External Affairs had said since early May, the Chinese side has been hindering India’s normal, traditional patrolling pattern along the LAC in Ladakh.

Commanders from both sides agreed to disengage their forces in their first meeting since the confrontation.

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Expansionist China makes inroads into Nepal; Oli govt mum

New Delhi: Even as Nepal continues to lock horns with India over the border regions of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, China has occupied a village of Nepal and allegedly removed the boundary pillars to legitimize its annexation, top government sources said on Tuesday.

The Rui village in Gorkha district, which consists of about 72 houses, has reportedly been under siege, owing to the negligence and apathy of the Nepalese government.

Apart from Rui, China has also occupied strategic lands at 11 places across Nepal. Around 36 hectares of land in four districts of Nepal, which border China, have been illegally occupied by the dragon.

Nepal, which shares a boundary with China in the north, has 43 hills and mountains from the east to west that act as the natural boundary between the two countries. The two countries have six check posts, essentially for trade.

According to a Zee News report, Nepal’s recent aggressive posture in raising border disputes with India is simply to divert public attention from China’s occupation of many areas of the Himalayan nation.

Last year, sources said, the Nepal government realized China had been annexing their land however they preferred to remain tightlipped.

“Even after realizing that China’s aggressive nationalism and military expansionism are a reality, the policies fashioned by hardline Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders, Nepal communist government prefers to remain silent,” said the sources.

Nepal has found that China has already occupied six hectares of land near Bhagdare Khola (River) area and four hectares near Karnali River in Humla district.

They also found that China has illegally occupied two hectares near Sinjen Khola (river) and one hectare of Bhurjuk Khola (River) in Rasuwa district.

It has also captured land adjacent to Lamde Khola and three hectares near Jambu Khola in Rasuwa district. China has also illegally occupied seven hectares of land in Kharane Khola and four hectares near Bhote Koshi of Sandhu Pal Chok district in Nepal, three hectares of Samjung Khola, two hectares near Kam Khola and four hectares of land from Arun river bed in Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal.

But, instead of objecting to Chinese illegal occupation and growing infiltration into the Nepalese boundaries, the KP Sharma Oli government trained guns at its long time ally India.

Sources say that Nepal’s provocative move has been taken at China’s behest which has crippled the world by spreading coronavirus and is aggressively pursuing its expansionist policy.

“Nepal’s domestic policy appears to be ruled by China. The Oli government is escalating the tension between the two countries on issues that have earlier never figured in India-Nepal bilateral relationship. Occupation of its villages by China and now Nepal’s provocative gesture in Bihar that shares 700 km international border with Nepal, makes it evident that the Oli government is being ruled by Beijing,” top sources said.

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