A Twitter user by the name of ‘Eva Zheng’ posted a GIF on September 13, 2019, to claim that Indian troops infiltrated and patrolled an entire area under the jurisdiction of China on September 11 this year.
Zheng claimed that Indian soldiers didn’t pay heed to objections made by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and allegedly continued to patrol northern bank of lake Pangong, which she called China’s territory.
In an apparent reference to the Indian Air Force’s Vir Chakra Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Zheng warned that PLA doesn’t offer tea to ‘invaders’.
The GIF posted by Zheng shows a man kicking another man.
The tweet was retweeted and liked by many.
Sept 11 Indian soldiers again patrolled to the area entirely located in China’s territory and under China’s effecti… https://t.co/BAfcJctwgS
— Eva Zheng 郑怡斌 عائشة (@evazhengll) 1568375462000
The archive link of the tweet can be found
Similar tweets with same claims were found on Twitter.
Sept 11 Indian soldiers again patrolled to the area entirely located in China’s territory and under China’s effecti… https://t.co/bOQIlJjQq5
— adnan Abdullah (@adnanabdullah32) 1568408359000
The GIF posted by Zheng was made from a video of an incident from 2017 when Indian and Chinese troops clashed at Pangong lake in Ladakh.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Several replies to Zheng’s tweet pointed out that the video is of a scuffle that happened two years back.
Taking that as a cue, we used keywords ‘Indian Chinese troops scuffle’ and found a video uploaded by the Times of India on YouTube on August 19, 2017
Titled ‘Watch: Scuffle between Indian and Chinese soldiers near Ladakh’s Pangong Lake’, the video talks about the clash that took place on August 15, 2017, after Chinese Army tried to intrude Indian territory. The video shows Chinese troops pelting stones at Indian soldiers.
At 0:49 in the video, we found the part where a soldier is kicking another and this is the bit used to make the GIF Zheng posted.
We then looked for recent skirmishes between the Indian and Chinese troops and found a story on Economic Times that quoted External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar as saying that a recent incident between Indian and Chinese militaries on the bank of the Pangong Tso Lake in Eastern Ladakh was “not a skirmish” but a face-off which was resolved using bilateral mechanisms in place to defuse such situations.
Times Fact Check has found that the GIF going viral with claims of Indian soldiers patrolling Chinese territory to be made from a video of an incident from 2017 when both armies had a scuffle after Chinese troops tried infiltrating Indian territory in Ladakh.