The White House said the Biden administration was pleased that both India and China had quickly disengaged after the clashes in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector.
During a press briefing on Tuesday (local time), White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said the United States is closely monitoring the situation and encourages both sides to use existing bilateral channels to discuss the disputed border.
“We are glad that both sides quickly de-escalated the conflict. We are closely monitoring the situation and encourage India and China to use existing bilateral channels to discuss the disputed border,” Karin Jean-Pierre said on the India-China standoff.
A face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on Friday resulted in minor injuries to personnel from both sides. Indian troops deployed in the face-off area gave a befitting reply to the Chinese troops.
The number of Chinese soldiers injured in the clash is more than that of the Indian army.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian Army soldiers bravely prevented the Chinese Army from breaching the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Yangtse area of Tawang sector in Arunachal on December 9.
“I want to assure the House, no Indian soldier was killed or seriously injured. I also assure the House that our Army can protect the territorial integrity of the country. Our Army is ready to deal with any transgression. I strongly believe the House will support. Valor and courage,” the defense minister said in Parliament on Tuesday.
In a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Yangtse in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, PLA troops clashed with three units of the Indian Army belonging to different infantry regiments who thwarted their attempts to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control.
Sources on the ground told ANI that troops from three different battalions, including Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Jat Regiment and Sikh Light Infantry, were present at the site of clashes last week when the Chinese tried to unilaterally change the status quo in the region.
The Chinese were armed with clubs, sticks and other tools for fighting. Indian troops were also prepared for a clash as they learned the enemy’s intentions, they said.
A unit of the Indian Army was on its way out and was being relieved by a fresh unit. However, the Chinese chose to skirmish on a day when both units were present in the area. Chinese troops try to enter the area every year and patrol beyond their claim line which India does not allow.
The Chinese military has been acting aggressively on the Yangtze issue around Holideep and the Parikrama area on the Line of Actual Control where the Chinese side is opposing the Indian position.
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