Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Naku La pass, Sikkim. Naku La is known to be a sensitive area, which connects Sikkim to the Tibet region in China. The clashes took place on January 22, as confirmed today by the Army. The incident was labeled as a "minor face-off".
The conflict occurred when Chinese officers tried to intrude the Indian territory. They were challenged by the Indian soldiers. A short statement by the Army on Monday mentioned that the tensions were "resolved by local commanders as per the established protocols". Both sides sustained minor injuries but there was no firing. The situation at LAC is tense but stable.
Sources stated that four Indian soldiers were injured when Chinese troops were forced back. They added that China's People's Liberation Army suffered an unknown amount of casualties. The Army refrained the media from exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in Beijing on Monday stated that he did not have any information to offer regarding the clash. He stressed that Chinese border troops have the aim of peace. He urged India to work towards the same method without doing any actions that may escalate the encounter.
Since the last conflict in May 2020, India and China are under a standoff along the border in Ladakh. Both sides are in an eye-to-eye confrontation, separated by just a hundred miles. After the violent clash between the two troops on May 5-6, 2020 on the northern bank of Pangong Tso, another conflict took place on May 9.
Both sides held the ninth round of military discussion yesterday, which went on for 15 hours, at Chushul in Eastern Ladakh.
Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had stated that India will not reduce the number of troops along the LAC until China does so.