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China sent Martial Artists from Enbo Fight Club to India border before deadly clash: State Media

Enbo Fight Club team included martial artists and mountain climbers 

Before the deadly clash of June 15 took place, the Chinese had reinforced martial arts experts to the border as per Chinese State Media. China National Defense News reported that the former members of a Mount Everest Olympic torch relay team and fighters from a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) club were a part of this team who had gathered at Lhasa before the clash between the two countries.

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, the MMA fighters belong to the Enbo Fight Club in Sichuan, a province within the southwest area of China.

Tibet Commander Wang Haijiang has said that the Enbo Fight Club recruits would “greatly raise the organization and mobilization strength” of troops and their “rapid response and support ability.”

As the standoff between the countries triggered tensions and a violent confrontation in the Ladakh region of the border, CCTV, the state broadcaster has revealed footage of hundreds of new troops who’re lining up in the Tibetan capital.

Indian and Chinese soldiers continue to be eyeball to eyeball at the Line of Actual Control at Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, Depsang Plains and Pangong Tso in Ladakh and at Naku La in North Sikkim.

And now China has reportedly started creating trouble for Indian patrols in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) area between patrolling points 10 and 13 and the Demchok region in eastern Ladakh.

The armies of India and China are locked in a tense standoff in eastern Ladakh, where China has reportedly occupied 60 sq. kilometres of territory claimed by India.

A Chinese diplomat reacting to the standoff in Ladakh has said that the move is linked to the Indian government’s unilateral decision to scrap Article 370 in August last year.

The move changed the laws that prohibited Indians from buying land in Kashmir, and made the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir defunct, triggering fears of demographic change in the Muslim majority region of Kashmir.

When India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 last year, the Chinese foreign ministry had issued two statements criticising the development, including one that focused on the splitting of the state into union territories.

This statement, while urging India to be “cautious” on the border issue and to avoid “actions that further complicate the border issue”, said: “China has always opposed India’s inclusion of Chinese territory in India’s administrative jurisdiction in the western part of the Sino-Indian border.” This was a reference to the area in Ladakh that New Delhi claims but is controlled by Beijing.

 

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