Indian, Chinese troops briefly skirmish at Ladakh's Pangong Lake

by Garry Watts August 16, 2017, 15:05
Indian, Chinese troops briefly skirmish at Ladakh's Pangong Lake

However, reports said that there were no ceremonial meeting held between the officers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army as per the tradition.

The ongoing military standoff between India and China forces in a disputed mountain area near Bhutan remains unresolved, but the rising tensions between the two countries saw an entirely separate skirmish break out some 1,000 miles away in the northwest, along the Kashmir border.

The Chinese soldiers then resorted to hurling stones at Indian soldiers which was retaliated, leaving some soldiers on both sides with minor injuries. The Indian soldiers had formed human chain to block Chinese infiltration.

China's defence and foreign ministries did not immediately respond to request for comment. The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added.

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In this Sunday, June 17, 2016, photo, an Indian tourist rides on a horse back at the Pangong lake high up in Ladahak region of India. When the Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in late 1990s, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter's control, officials said. "India must immediately and unconditionally withdraw all its trespassing troops and equipment back to the Indian side of the border", the office said in a statement.

But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway. It said that India's desire to narrow trade deficit with China is "understandable" but trade remedy measures should not be used as shortcuts as it would "backfire".

Apparently stealing a leaf from Srinagar streets, the Indian and Chinese armies have resorted to stone pelting on each other.


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