- Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight
- After a long period of relative quiet along the Indo-china border, militarized incidents have come to the fore again
WAR: The Indo-China border dispute has been a part of a dark history. The question of border settlement has promoted a sharp dispute between the two nations. The war was last fought in 1962 and since then small disagreements and disputes have always been lingering in the border settlement. The tension rose once again due to some recent disturbing events that took place in the crucial time of coronavirus and economic crisis.
On May 5, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) objected Indian military near Pangong Tso situated in Ladakh. Again on May 9, the army of both the sides engaged in stone-pelting in Nakula region. However, the armies were not engaged with any weapon or arms but many military personnel were injured including a senior Indian official. According to the sources, the Chinese military have crossed Indian borders around 1025 times between the year 2016 and 2018. The boundaries between the nations have not been marked properly.
On questioning about the border dispute between the nations, the Ministry of External Affairs has remained silent. On December 21 of last year National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi had discussed regarding the ‘early settlement of boundary region’ between the two nations in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.
Army Chief General Manoj Naravane visited headquarters of 14 corps accompanied by the security of top commanders to examine the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh that is being patrolled by Indian military troops. The Chinese military troops have sustained their position at 3-4 points that run close to the 255km Darbuk Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldi (DSDBO) road. The Chinese troops advanced, putting up 100 tents in two weeks. They were also brought some machinery along to build bunkers.
The Chinese military has hindered the patrolling progress of Indian army along the border. The discord between the two nations has flared up in the current situation.