Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 10 May 2020
Rattled with India’s response on Covid-19, frustrated China has resorted to misadventure at border. This time, Chinese PLA Army choose to pick up a point in India’s Sikkim. The point of scuffle was deep inside India’s territory at Naku La or Naku pass which is located near Muguthang or Lhonak valley in North Sikkim. According to Indian Army sources, scores of Indian and Chinese soldiers indulged in tense scuffle. At least 4 Indian and 7 Chinese soldiers got injured in aggressive confrontation that took place at a hight of 16700 feet. Experts believe that the incident involving 150 soldiers is not usual as Naku La area is traditionally not prone to face-offs. Meanwhile, reports coming in that there may be a second scuffle happened in Ladakh too. Soldiers here too were injured in hand to hand combat. But why does China want to fight? Here is an analysis: https://youtu.be/lqySCtnjR8M
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.