On Monday, August 31, the official representative of the Western Command of the Chinese Theatre of War, Colonel Chang Shuili, commented on the situation on the Sino-Indian border, according to the press service of the Chinese Defense Ministry. According to him, India violated the agreements reached on the conjugated territories, as its troops illegally crossed the borderline, provoking tensions in the region. These are areas near the Hunan coast and the nearby Retsin Mountain Pass.
“This step of the Indian side seriously violated china’s territorial sovereignty, seriously undermined peace and stability in the area of the Sino-Indian border, and opposed it. China is categorically against this,” the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Shuili called on India to withdraw its troops from these territories and fulfill its obligations, avoiding further escalation of the situation.
Earlier in the day, India’s Defense Ministry announced a new clash with Chinese troops in the border region of Ladakh, which occurred on the night of August 30 on the shores of Lake Pangong-Tso. It was reported that Indian troops had taken steps to strengthen their positions and prevented China from “unilaterally changing the situation”.
A new round of aggravation between China and India over the territories in Ladakh began in June. Then China opened fire on the Indian military, saying that they illegally crossed the state border. Three people died as a result of the shelling, and 17 others died from their wounds later. The Chinese side blamed India for the incident.
Prior to that, throughout May, there had been skirmishes between the two countries’ militaries on the disputed Indian-Chinese border, with additional troops and weapons from each side. On 5 May, a mass brawl broke out at a site in East Ladakh, involving some 400 soldiers from both sides.