Barely six months after new clashes, tensions are still present. Indian and Chinese troops clashed last week at the Naku La Pass in Sikkim state along the Himalayan border.
A Chinese patrol attempted to cross Indian territory before being pushed back, the officials said. Naku La connects Sikkim to the Tibet region in China. The clash left both sides injured, Indian military sources and media reported on Monday (January 25th).
The last de-escalation talks between the two military commands took place on Sunday.
Fights in 2020
Hand-to-hand fighting on the Sikkim border in May had rekindled border tensions between the two neighboring countries, the most populous in the world. In June, at least 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese forces were killed in a clash on their Himalayan border in the Ladakh region. After this hand-to-hand confrontation, senior officials of the Chinese and Indian armies met and agreed to work to ease tensions.
Line of effective control, border de facto between India and China, is not properly demarcated. In keeping with a long-standing practice to avoid a real military confrontation, the two armies do not use firearms along their border. Officially, no shots had been fired there since 1975.
The two countries have sent tens of thousands of additional troops and heavy weapons to this region, where a fierce winter is currently raging. The last open conflict between the two nations dates back to the Flash War of 1962, which saw Indian troops quickly defeated by the Chinese army.