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China accuses India of firing ‘warning shots’ at border as 'provocation' sparks war fears

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Tensions between New Delhi and Beijing have intensified over recent weeks following the bloody altercation in Galwan Valley, in Ladakh. The fight left up to 20 Indian soldiers and at least 35 Chinese dead.

Now, the Global Times, a state-run Chinese publication, has claimed Indian troops fired “warning shots” on troops on the south bank of the Pangong Tso lake.

A spokesman for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Western Theater Command alleged the Indian Army crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The incident has been described as “serious military provocations of a very bad nature”.

The Global Times reported: “Chinese border defence troops were forced to take countermeasures to stabilise the situation after Indian troops outrageously fired warning shots to PLA border patrol soldiers who were about to negotiate.”

The relationship between the two nations has grown increasingly strained following the border disputes.

Back in August, China blamed the ongoing border dispute on Indian forces who “violated” the LAC.

Ji Kong, the Chinese embassy in India spokesman, said: “The Indian side’s actions seriously violated China’s territorial sovereignty, seriously violated the relevant agreements and important consensus of the two countries, and severely damaged the peace and tranquillity of the border area.

“This runs counter to the efforts of both sides to promote the relaxation of the situation on the ground for some time.”

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Spokesperson Shri Anurag Srivastava said: “Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo.

“The actions and behaviour of the Chinese side since earlier this year along the LAC has been in clear violation of the bilateral agreements and protocols concluded between the two countries to ensure peace and tranquillity on the border.”

Although arguing it was Beijing causing the border issues, Mr Srivastava emphasised the importance of diplomacy in resolving the dispute.

He said: “We expect the Chinese side to sincerely abide by the understanding reached earlier and earnestly work with India to resolve the situation and to restore peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”

The ongoing border disputes between Beijing and New Delhi has raised alarms in the West.

Washington argued China is “likely responsible for responding to conflict with India and terrorist and insurgent threats to and within western China”.

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said: “Our strategy is to push back against China in virtually every domain.

“We’re doing it in the security area. We’re doing it in terms of outsized demands to claim sovereign territory, whether it’s in the Galwan Valley of India on the India-Chinese border, or whether it’s in the South Pacific.”

Tensions between the US and China have also reached boiling point as President Donald Trump and his administration have continually blamed Beijing for the outbreak of COVID-19.

Washington has also increased its military presence in the South China Sea to counter against China’s dominance in the region.



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