Soldiers of the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army clashed at Naku La in North Sikkim last week, leaving many injured on both sides.
According to reports, the confrontation took place three days ago, however news of the clash came to light earlier today. Reports also suggest that the situation at Naku La is currently under control.
This is not the first time the soldiers have clashed at Naku La. In fact, Naku La happens to be one of the original locations where Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed in May last year. The other sites are Pangong Tso, Galwan, Gogra and Hot Springs. Naku La happens to be a sensitive area as it connects Sikkim to Tibet in China.
The clash comes at a time when both countries and their militaries are preparing for another round of talks to resolve border disputes along the Line of Actual Control.
A 16-hour long military dialogue between India and China took place in Ladakh on the border disputes. The meeting started at 10.30 am on Sunday and ended at 2.30 am on Monday. India has asked China for complete disengagement and removal of troops from disputed areas.
Last year, 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives during a violent clash in Galwan Valley. Although reports suggest that the PLA lost many soldiers, China is yet to reveal their casualty count.