The Indian Army, in a statement on Monday, 25 January, said there was a "minor faceoff” between Indian and Chinese troops at Naku La area of north Sikkim on 20 January and “the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols."
Earlier on Monday, reports said a clash had erupted between Indian and Chinese soldiers at the Sikkim site last week, resulting in injuries on both sides.
“We have received several queries regarding a faceoff between Indian Army and PLA troops in Sikkim sector. It is clarified that there was a minor faceoff at Nakula area of North Sikkim on 20 January 2021 and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols. Media is requested to refrain from overplaying or exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect.”Indian Army statement
Earlier, sources cited by news agency ANI had said the troops of the two sides were involved in a physical brawl last week along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
During a daily briefing in Beijing on Monday, Zhao Lijian, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that he had "no information to offer" on these reports.
He stressed that, “China's border troops are committed to upholding peace and tranquility along the border with India," NDTV quoted, adding that China urges “the Indian side to work in the same direction with us and refrain from actions that might escalate or complicate the situation along the border.”
As per the reports, China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had made an attempt to intrude, resulting in the clashes, leaving soldiers on both sides injured.
The situation is said to be under control at the moment.
Comes Amid Standoff in Ladakh
The incident comes as the standoff between the two countries continues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh. On Sunday, the two sides held the ninth round of military talks at the level of the Corps Commander, which reportedly went on for more than 15 hours.
Tensions between India and China peaked when troops of the two countries clashed at Galwan Valley, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead. Since then, several rounds of talks have been held at both the military and diplomatic levels, but there has been little progress in terms of breaking the deadlock.
(With inputs from ANI, India Today and The Economic Times.)
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