Days after report of firing in Ladakh, amidst India-China standoff, made it to the web, a confirmation of the same follows by stories doing the round. The reports claim that before Moscow meet, Indian and Chinese soldiers fired 100-200 rounds of “warning shots” on the North Bank of Pangong Lake in early September.
The report by NDTV further adds that the incident was reported after Indian soldiers made key moves to establish a post overlooking Chinese soldiers.
All this happened before the September 10 meeting of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow. At the meeting, the two laid out plans to maintain peace and defuse the ongoing tiff at the Line of Actual Control.
Joint statements released after the meeting said that the two countries agreed on 5-point consciousness, which are to“continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance, ease tensions and work towards new confidence-building measures”.
The Chinese military is surely pissed about the developments India has made in recent weeks. Indian troops recently occupied several heights at North of Pangong lake, thwarting Chinese attempts to unilaterally alter the LAC. Reports say the Indian Army continues to hold ground after many provocations by the Chinese army.
India currently occupies the heights near Finger 3-4 at Pangong.
China had also tried to change the status quo on the South Bank of Ladakh’s Pangong Lake. They there fired shots in the air. Chinese soldiers were seen armed with spears and rifles in the satellite imagery when they illegally tried to change the status quo at South Bank and were thwarted away by the Indians.