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This Is How Indian And Chinese Soldiers Violently Clashed At Pangong Lake In Ladakh

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6:30 pm 20 Aug, 2017

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The incident happened on August 15, the day India was celebrating its 71st Independence Day. It was reported that Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops were trying to enter Indian territory in the north bank of Pangong lake in Ladakh.

According to India Today, the incident lasted for about 30 minutes. The report also says that on the day of the incident, the Chinese soldiers had not turned up at any of the border checkpoints for the customary exchange of sweets on India’s Independence Day.

 

Location of Pangong Lake marked in the map. Google Maps

A video is now doing the rounds of social media. According to reports, the video is from the day of the incident at Pangong lake.

The video shows the Indian and the Chinese soldiers kicking and punching each other. They then quickly resort to stone pelting.

According to reports, the violent fight came to an end only after a drill by both sides. Brigadier level officers reportedly met in Chushul in Ladakh to allay the tensions.

 

Screengrab showing Indian and Chinese troops fighting each other.

The video has been received with cheers by Indians on Twitter.

Both India and China are at loggerheads ever since the Chinese side tried to construct a road at Doklam in Bhutan in June. New Delhi sent the Indian Army to thwart Beijing’s attempt at Thimpu’s request. Doklam is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.

The Indian Army succeeded in preventing the Chinese side from changing the status quo. That enrage China, which is used to bullying other nations in Southeast Asia over the South China Sea dispute and getting away with it.

 

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The standoff involving over 300 soldiers on each side at Doklam continues because a bellicose China refused India’s suggestion for dialogue after withdrawal of troops.

But the video also raises a degree of alarm. If this is the level of violent confrontations with China, we have reasons to expect that the situation will get even more volatile from here on.

 


China is a bully, and a bully proud. Beijing is not likely to back down from Doklam. Very recently, a state-run Chinese TV channel made fun of Indians, including Sikh soldiers. China has been using its vast and effective propaganda machinery to level false accusations on India.

At the same time, the Indian government, too, has an image to keep – that it is capable of not only holding ground but also standing by the neighbors in times of need. New Delhi wants the world to recognize it as an Asian giant both economically and militarily.

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