China on Monday accused India’s army of entering their territory and making threats to its troops on the Himalayan border.
The recent accusation which signals new friction, comes days after both countries agreed to defuse ongoing tensions.
“The Indian behavior has severely violated agreements reached between two sides and escalated tensions,” said Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, a spokesman for the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army.
Zhang urged the Indians to withdraw. “Such behavior could easily lead to miscalculation. It is a serious military provocation”, he said.
China said that Indian troops “illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control on the southern bank of Pangong Tso and fired warning shots against patrolling Chinese forces. Chinese troops were “forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation,” Zhang said, without elaborating.
Chinese-Indian relations have worsened over each other’s actions along the 3,488 kilometer (2,162 mile) Line of Actual Control. Multiple rounds of high-level military talks failed to end the months-long standoff.
Both India and China have moved thousands of troops, tanks, artillery guns and fighter jets close to the border since their standoff began in May.
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