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After crossing LAC, Indian armed forces fire warning shots near Pangong lake in Ladakh, says China

Srinagar: Amid the escalating tensions between India and China over border disputes in Ladakh, China’s People’s Liberation Army has claimed that armed forces personnel from India have fired warning shots after crossing the Line of Actual Control in the south bank of Pangong Lake.

The move, according to reports, was taken following a series of provocative actions at the LAC by the Chinese army.

“The Chinese border guards were forced to take countermeasures to stabilise the situation,” NDTV quoted a spokesperson of the People’s Liberation Army as saying.

However, there has been no response yet from the Indian side.

A spokesperson of the People’s Liberation Army said the Indian army “illegally crossed the LAC and entered the south bank of Pangong Lake and the Shenpao mountain area”.

“During the operation, the Indian Army blatantly fired threats to the patrol personnel of the Chinese border guards who had made representations, and the Chinese border guards were forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation on the ground,” the statement read.

The spokesperson added that that the country has urged the the Indian side to immediately stop dangerous actions and termed it a “serious provocation of a very bad nature”.

According to reports, Chinese troops had engaged in provocative action in the south bank of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake, twice over the last two weeks.

Earlier, the Indian Foreign Ministry said that county was able to “prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo” at the LAC, underscoring that there were no physical clashes.

On August 31, Chinese army surrounded Indian forces, who, according to the reports, were trying to regain the heights that are being dominated by the Indian Army.

Quoting sources, the report said that Chinese army has been warned not to proceed and Chinese military commanders in discussions with an Indian Brigadier at the time were asked to tell their armed forces personnel to stand down to prevent any escalation.

 

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