India, China troops clash in high-altitude disputed territory

India, China troops clash in high-altitude disputed territory

India, China troops clash in high-altitude disputed territory

According to officials on August 16, 2017, Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly in a disputed area of land in the Himalayas.

 

  • On August 15, 2017, Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, Ladakh.
  • Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter the Indian territory but had been pushed back.
  • Hundreds of Indians and Chinese soldiers have been facing off against each other for more than two months in this strategic region.

About the disputed region →

 

  • Pangong Tso or Pangon lake is a 135-km long lake.
  • The strategic lake is located in the Himalayas at the height of approximately 4,350 m, stretches out from India to China.
  • One-third of the water body, its 45 km stretch, is in Indian control while the rest of the 90 km is under Chinese control.
  • There has been constant strife between the two countries over the region as both assert territorial possession.
  • The region has been a bone of contention between India and China for long.
  • When the Indian side laid claim over the area in the 1990s, the Chinese army built a metal-top road contending that it was a part of the Aksai Chin, which is another disputed border area between the two.
  • The Aksai Chin area comes under Chinese control.
  • India claims the Aksai Chin to be a part of the Ladakh region of the Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Aksai Chin area is governed as the part of Hotan County.

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