Indian Troops Spotted Near Chinese Border

( Last week, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told the Indian Parliament that Prime Minister Modi’s government had placed more troops along India’s border with China than any other leader in response to repeated incursions by the People’s Liberation Army.

On December 12, the defense ministries of both India and China confirmed that an altercation occurred between Indian and Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh, a far-east region of the Indian Himalayas bordering Tibet.

According to the Indian government, on December 9, hundreds of PLA soldiers crossed the border illegally, forcing Indian soldiers to respond with violence until the PLA troops withdrew.

Beijing confirmed that the skirmish had occurred, but claimed it was Indian soldiers that illegally crossed the border into China that prompted the scuffle.

Both countries said only minor injuries were reported in the skirmish.

During his appearance in Parliament last Monday, Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Modi has deployed more Indian troops along the border than any previous leader. He said the move was designed to “counter” China which has been increasing its forces “massively since 2020.”

But Jaishankar’s remarks did little to assuage the criticism from the opposition parties in Parliament, particularly the Indian National Congress.

During last Wednesday’s session of Parliament was disrupted when opposition parties demanded a formal discussion period to deal with the threat from China, even calling for Prime Minister Modi to come to Parliament to answer questions on the issue.

Since the summer of 2020, China and India have been fighting along their mutual border in the Galwan Valley deep in the Himalayas.

According to India, China lost twice as many soldiers as India did in the battle. At the time, Beijing refused to identify any soldier lost in the fight. Several months later, it claimed only four of its soldiers were killed.