On 9th Dec 2022, PLA troops contacted the LAC in Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh which was contested by Indian troops in a firm and resolute manner. This face-off led to minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides. Both sides immediately disengaged from the area,” the news agency said, citing unnamed sources.
“As a follow-up of the incident, India’s Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity,” it added.
The development comes amid heightened tensions along the LAC since May 2020, when China deployed a large number of troops and heavy equipment to change the status quo in eastern Ladakh. India had made counter deployments in response, leading to a tense military standoff.
The stand-off led to clashes in the Galwan river valley in June 2020.
While India and China have disengaged from all the friction points that emerged in 2020, the two sides continue to retain a large number of troops and equipment in depth areas.
China claims almost the entire state of Arunachal as part of “south Tibet”.
Tawang, which also borders Bhutan, hosts Galden Namgey Lhatse (also called Tawang Monastery), the second-largest monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, the largest being the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
Indian Armed Forces put on highest level of alert from Eastern Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh after intense clashes between Indian & Chinese soldiers along the LAC in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh last night in which atleast 8 Indian soldiers and 50 Chinese soldiers injured
Some say 30+ injuries on our side. 100+ injured on Chinese side.