INDIAN and Chinese troops have been fighting with sticks on their disputed border in the Himalayas.
Video shows the high-altitude medieval-style battle in which troops from the nuclear armed nations battered each other with clubs and threw bricks.
The soldiers used sticks and other improvised weapons as an agreement exists in which troops in flashpoint areas are not allowed to carry guns in a bid to prevent an incident flaring up into a war.
But last year an eight-hour battle in which Chinese soldiers armed with spiked clubs, iron rods and batons wrapped in barbed wire attacked Indian troops leaving 27 dead.
It has now emerged that fresh fighting broke out on December 9 in the Tawang sector of India's northeastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, which is also claimed by China.
Footage shows Indian soldiers beating back Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces, who appear to be trying to advance to the top of a ridge.
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Beijing’s forces are pinned behind barbed wire as they trade blows with their adversaries.
As the Indian soldiers hit them, the Chinese jump back over a wall in the face of the relentless blows.
After being battered by the Indians, the Chinese can be seen retreating down the hill as the victors cheer loudly and pump their fists in celebration.
India and China have been feuding over the border since the two powers last fought a war in 1962.
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China and India lay claim over vast swathes of territory along their 2,100 mile long de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
The Himalayan area is largely remote, rugged and snowcapped, with soldiers from both sides facing off just a few yards away from each other in several areas.
Estimates of the number of Indian troops have varied from about 300 to 600.
“The Chinese attempt was contested by our troops in a firm and resolute manner,”India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh,told India’s Parliament.
“The ensuing face-off led to a physical scuffle in which the Indian army bravely prevented the PLA from transgressing into our territory and compelled them to return to their posts.”
Singh said the Chinese side was asked to refrain from such actions and that the issue had been taken up with China through diplomatic channels.
But Chinese military spokesman Long Shaohua claimed Indian troops had "illegally crossed” the LAC and "obstructed" Chinese border patrol troops.
"Our response measures were professional, standard and forceful, and stabilised the situation on the ground. At present, China and India have disengaged," said Long.
"We ask the Indian side to strictly control and restrain front-line troops, and work with China to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border."
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