Soldiers from India and China are again at hand in the Himalayan border region. According to media reports, injuries occurred on both sides.
The Indian army speaks of a “small confrontation”. Yet the two superpowers are again at the forefront in the border region.
The last showdown took place on Wednesday last week. According to sources, this happened in Naku La, in the Indian state of Sikkim. A Chinese patrol allegedly attempted to cross the disputed border. Indian troops then tried to put a stop to this.
At least four Indian soldiers were injured, according to Indian sources. In general, no information about the victims is published on the Chinese side.
A clash between troops from Asian countries in September last year got completely out of hand. Then at least twenty Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese were killed in action. This heightened tension between neighboring countries armed with nuclear weapons.
Breach of Agreement
In a deal struck after the September incident, the two countries agreed to keep their troops away as much as possible.
India and China have been in conflict for decades over vast swathes of, mostly uninhabited, land in the mountainous region. China claims over 90,000 square kilometers east of the Himalayas and 38,000 square kilometers to the west. India disputes this.
China and India fought a border war in 1962 and China won. Peace in the border area has not returned. Both countries still have many troops stationed there.