Indian troops foil China's incursion bids in Ladakh

Indian troops foil China's incursion bids in Ladakh

Indian troops foil China's incursion bids in Ladakh

China on Wednesday denied any reports of People's Liberation Army soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of Ladakh's Pangong Tso lake, reported PTI. The face-off lasted for nearly half-an-hour after Indian soldiers formed a human chain to block any penetration by Chinese army through the Line of Actual Control.

The situation was brought to control after customary banner drill. Later when retreating Chinese soldiers hurled stones on them, the Indian army soldiers retaliated.

An army spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the incident which came amid continued stand-off between the armies of the two countries at Doka La in Sikkim.

According to officials, soldiers from both the side have suffered minor injuries due to the stone pelting.

Indian troops had also not crossed over to the Chinese side for the 90th-anniversary celebrations of the PLA on August 1.

The Chinese troops had twice tried to enter the Indian side through two different locations between 6 am and 9 am on Tuesday, but failed in both attempts.

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India has protested the construction of a road by the Chinese military in the area claimed by its ally Bhutan, fearing it would allow Beijing to cut off India?s access to its northeastern states.

Meanwhile, China has vehemently rejected all reports of it ever offering a compromise to India by relocating its troops in the disputed Doklam border area. The Chinese troops withdrew soon after. It was the first time since 2005 that the meetings were not held.

The review comes at a time when the India-China standoff over Doklam has been intensifying, and may signal the onset of a strategic trade war as tension on the border worsens and concerns about trade imbalances and security increase.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "Just that we are encouraging both parties to sit down and have direct dialogue", when asked to spell out US" stand on "another round of skirmish and tension from India and China'.

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