China Accuses Indian Troops of Firing Warning Shots in Border Dispute

China accused Indian troops of violating the bilateral agreement and firing warning shots in the air during a confrontation with Chinese personnel at the disputed border on Monday, in the midst of renewed tension between the two countries.

Chinese border guards took "counter-actions" to stabilize the situation, said Zhang Shuili, the spokesperson for the Western Military Command Theater, in a statement published early Tuesday by the military's official news website, reports Reuters.

The statement did not make it clear what these measures were or whether Chinese soldiers also fired warning shots.

Both sides have observed a long-standing protocol to prevent the use of firearms at a sensitive, high-altitude border across the western Himalayas, although this agreement has not prevented casualties.

Twenty Indian soldiers were killed hand-to-hand in a clash in June, an incident that led to the deployment of additional forces along the border between China and India.

"We request the Indian side to immediately stop dangerous actions...and strictly investigate and punish personnel who fired shots to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again," Zhang said in the statement.

The Indian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment outside of business hours.


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