Some may remember that a disputed border region in the Himalayas was the site of some serious fighting last summer. India and China’s armed forces did battle but no guns were involved. Instead, clubs and rocks were used in this fight. 20 troops from India were said to have died at the time, according to various reports.
Dozens of soldiers from the Chinese were said to have been injured and there were a number of casualties. Satellite images were released, indicating that the Chinese were working on a construction project at the border. A Chinese outpost was also established on India’s side of the border.
Now, each side believes in the importance of reducing the tensions.
However, Indian media outlets have reported about fresh skirmishes in the region that have been taking place over the past few days. Why are they not being discussed in a more open forum?
“Sources said Chinese soldiers tried to cross the border last week but were challenged by Indian soldiers in Naku La in North Sikkim, which resulted in a violent clash.
The violent clash resulted in injuries on both sides, sources added. While around 20 Chinese soldiers were injured in the clash at Naku La in Sikkim, on the Indian side, four Indian Army soldiers reportedly sustained injuries,” says India Today.
As for the military, they are willing to admit that there was a fight but they are currently looking to downplay it.
They do not want people to think that there is a serious conflict. Meanwhile, the Chinese media does not want anyone to discuss this. This should surprise no one.
“Indian media reports on Monday claiming Chinese and Indian troops engaged in a clash three days ago that resulted in injuries on both sides are fake, the Global Times learned from a source on Monday. There is no record of this incident in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) front line patrol logs, the Global Times learned,” reports The Global Times.
This is their way of calling the Indian media liars. It’s all fake news when it is something that does not make China look good. One thing is for sure, there is still a lot of tension between these nations.
China has also been caught building more homes in a border region that is under dispute, so this plays a role in their decision making. They are of the belief that they can suppress any information that is not to their liking and to their credit, they tend to get away with it.
NDTV, an Indian outlet, has more on the topic.
“China has constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, consisting of about 101 homes, show satellite images accessed exclusively by NDTV. The same images, dated November 1, 2020, have been analyzed by several experts approached by NDTV, who confirmed that the construction, approximately 4.5 kms within Indian territory of the de facto border, will be of huge concern to India. Though this area is Indian territory, according to official government maps, it has been ineffective Chinese control since 1959. However, earlier only a Chinese military post existed, but this time a full-fledged village that can house thousands has been built. An authentic online map of the Surveyor General of India, used by the government as its official map, clearly shows that the Chinese village lies well within Indian territory,” they shared.
China’s perpetually pushing the limits, aren’t they?
The Biden administration faces a very tough test now. The Chinese are not going to stop poking him in the chest. What is he going to do about it?
The world is watching and waiting to see how he handles this very severe threat. The Chinese seem to think that they are going to have a much easier time with Biden than they did with Trump.
Eventually, Biden is going to have to step up to the plate and let them know where the line is going to be drawn.