The first such incident in more than a year, according to India, occurred when Indian troops and Chinese troops engaged in combat in a disputed area near the border.
Since a major conflict that resulted in at least 24 troops being killed in 2020, the nations have been attempting to defuse tensions.
However, the Indian army said on Monday that a conflict had taken place last Friday in the Tawang sector in the eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Several soldiers sustained minor injuries as a result of the involvement of both sides.
China has not yet responded to the standoff. However, according to a source in the Indian army quoted by Reuters, at least six Indian soldiers were hurt.
The Indian army said that “both sides instantly disengaged from the region.”
The Line of Actual Control, also known as LAC, is a disputed 3,440km (2,100 mile) long de facto boundary that connects China and India. The line may shift due to the presence of rivers, lakes, and snowcaps. At certain moments, the soldiers on either side—representing two of the biggest armies in the world—come face to face.
Sometimes tensions rise to the point of clashes. However, following a significant combat in June 2020 in the Galwan Valley in the Ladakh region considerably further to the west, where 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers killed, both sides have been attempting to deescalate.
It had been 45 years since the last fatal clash between the two groups in the area, which was fought with sticks and clubs rather than firearms.
In January 2021, there were casualties among the troops on both sides. It occurred along the Bhutan-Nepal border in the Indian state of Sikkim, which borders both China and India.
Both nations started withdrawing their troops from a disputed territory along a remote border area in the western Himalayas in September after reaching an agreement to do so.