Following reports of fighting, China declared that the situation is "stable" on India border, according to news agency AFP. After Indian and Chinese troops clashed in the Tawan sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9, this is China's first response.
"As far as we understand, the China-India border situation is stable overall," foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, adding the two sides "maintained unobstructed dialogue on the border issue through diplomatic and military channels."
On December 9, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in combat along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, according to a statement from the Indian Army. According to the Army, the encounter resulted in "minor injuries" for both Chinese and Indian soldiers.
A source told news agency PTI that over 200 Chinese soldiers who were carrying spiked clubs and sticks clashed with Indian soldiers in combat in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh. In the midst of the almost 30-month border standoff between the two sides in eastern Ladakh, there was a fight last Friday near Yangtse along the LAC.
"PLA troops contacted the LAC in Tawang Sector, which was contested by own (Indian) troops in a firm and resolute manner. This face-off led to minor injuries to few personnel from both sides," the Army said in a statement.
"Both sides immediately disengaged from the area. As a follow up to the incident, own Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity," the government said.