China sent martial artists to India border before conflict: State media – News

Chinese state media said the country reinforced its troops near the Indian border with mountain climbers and martial artists before a deadly clash this month.

India-China tensions have been common between the two nuclear armed neighbours since ages but this month’s fighting was their deadliest encounter in more than 50 years.

As per the reporting by the official military newspaper China National Defence News, Five new militia divisions, including former members of a Mount Everest Olympic torch relay team and fighters from a Mixed Martial Arts club, presented themselves for inspection at Lhasa on June 15.

CCTV footage of the state broadcaster showed hundreds of new troops lining up in the Tibetan capital.

Wang Haijiang, Tibet Commander said, the Enbo Fight Club recruits would “greatly raise the organization and mobilization strength” of troops and their “rapid response and support ability,” 

This was reported by the China National Defense News.

However, Wang did not explicitly confirm their deployment was linked to ongoing border tensions.

Later that day Chinese and Indian troops faced each other in a clash which could be termed as a violent confrontation between the two in decades. The clash happened in the Ladakh region 1,300 kilometres away.

The Indian army claimed the loss of 20 soldiers in the clash. On the other hand China suffered an unknown number of casualties.

The hand-to-hand combat fought with batons and rocks with no shots fired have caused a series of pointing fingers and a game of blame.

India said on Thursday that it had reinforced troops in the contested Himalayan border region, saying it was matching a similar buildup by China.

Chinese state media have in recent weeks highlighted military activity including high-altitude anti-aircraft drills in the Tibet region bordering India.

The new troops were recruited with the aim of “strengthening the border and stabilizing Tibet,” China National Defense News said.

India blames China for the ambush. It claims Indian soldiers were forced down a ridge where they had gone to remove a Chinese “encroachment”.

A bilateral accord between the two sides forbids the use of guns, but still a fierce battle was ignited with rudimentary weapons.

The two countries fought a war over the border in 1962. There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbours that their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.

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