Video has leaked online of last week’s border clash between Indian and Chinese troops high in the Himalayas — which was fought with stones instead of bullets.
In the footage posted online by The Print, the two sides are seen hurling rocks and exchanging blows alongside the shores of Pangong Lake on August 15th.
An Indian defense official said last week that Chinese troops had attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control (the de facto border) twice but had been stopped by Indian troops.
“There was a minor incident. There was some stone pelting from the Chinese side but the situation was quickly brought under control,” the general said.
Watch below as soldiers of the world’s third and fifth most powerful militaries square off:
Apparently, clashes alongside the lake — located high on the Tibetan plateau, more than 4,000 meters above sea level, are quite common each summer. India claims one-third of the lake, lying in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, while China claims the rest.
Still, the scuffle likely won’t help to ease tensions between the two countries who are also facing off thousands of kilometers away in the disputed Himalayan region of Doklam. The dispute there has been ongoing now for more than two months. Last week, China’s official Xinhua news agency aired its side’s view of the conflict through a racist propaganda video starring a bumbling Indian stereotype.
[Images via The Print]
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