India’s military has sent a message to its Chinese counterparts on reports that five Indian nationals were kidnapped in a border state last week.
An Indian cabinet minister said a “hotline message” was sent to the Chinese military.
An allegation that five people were kidnapped by Chinese soldiers was first tweeted on 5 September by an Indian MP from the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Relations between the powers have been deteriorating since the clash in June.
Kiren Rijiju, India’s Minister of State for Minority Affairs, from the isolated border state of Arunachal Pradesh, where the alleged kidnapping took place, said that the military hotline designed to ease tensions on the border with China Was activated to send a message to the army.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing has “no details yet” about the incident, noting that China has not recognized the “so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’, which is the south of China. Tibet is the region “.
Arunachal Pradesh MLA Tapir Gao had earlier tweeted that the alleged kidnapping took place near the border on 3 September. He did not provide more details.
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Relations have been steadily deteriorating since June, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes in the disputed Ladakh border area. China did not comment on reports in which it also suffered casualties.
In August, India accused China of instigating military tensions along the border twice within a week. Both charges were denied by China, stating that the border stand was “India’s fault”.
India accused China of “a large number of military invasions, aggressive behavior and attempts to unilaterally change the situation”.
While there has been no fresh violence, minor skirmishes have been reported, with analysts describing the situation at the border as fluid since June.
The two countries regularly cross-border and accuse each other of inciting fighting in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, a poor frontier that passes through inhuman terrain.
Despite several rounds of military and diplomatic negotiations, nuclear-armed neighbors have failed to resolve their border disputes.
What happened in June?
Media reports said that while the army was pulling ridges at an altitude of about 4,300 meters (14,000 ft) in the steep areas, some Indian soldiers fell into the fast flowing Galvan river in sub-zero temperatures.
Besides 20 dead, at least 76 Indian soldiers were injured. China has not issued any casualties on its behalf.
Under the 1996 agreement, the fighting took place without any firearms due to the removal of guns and explosives from the area.
Why did the soldiers clash?
The Line of Actual Control, known as the disputed border between the two countries, is poorly demarcated. The presence of rivers, lakes and snowcases means that line shifts may occur.
Soldiers on both sides – representing the two largest armies in the world – come face to face at many points. India has accused China of sending thousands of troops to the Galvan Valley of Ladakh, saying that China occupies 38,000 sq km (14,700 sq mi) of its territory. In the last three decades, several rounds of talks have failed to resolve border disputes.
The two countries have fought only one war so far, in 1962, when India suffered a humiliating defeat.
There are several reasons that tensions have increased recently – but the competitiveness of the strategic goal is rooted in, and the two sides blame each other.
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Analysts say India’s decision to uproot the infrastructure has affected Beijing.