has been needling Indian forces with repeated incursions across the LAC for long, the number has jumped since the 73-day confrontation on the Bhutanese territory of
near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in June-August 2017.
From 296 such incursions or transgressions in 2016, they rose to 473 in 2017, 404 in 2018, and 663 in 2019. The PLA has also increasingly been showing aggressive behaviour and assertiveness in some new areas like
the Galwan valley
and the Naku La sector in north
Soon after the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops on the north bank of
on May 5-6, another had taken place in Naku La on May 9. The skirmish in the
valley on Monday surpassed them all in terms of violence and deaths on both sides, the first time in 45 years.