Indian, Chinese troops briefly engage in skirmish in Ladakh: report

Indian and Chinese soldiers briefly engaged in a skirmish on the north bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, the India Today reported citing sources familiar with the development.

The standoff between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly lasted 30 minutes, after which the forces pulled back.

According to the sources, Chinese troops trespassed to the Indian side of the border. They reportedly started pelting stones when challenged by the Indian soldiers and the latter retaliated back. Soldiers on both sides were injured during the confrontation.

The incident came amid the continuing standoff between Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the Doklam region in the Bhutan-India-China tri-junction since June 16.

The standoff, one of the longest in the history of confrontations between the Indian Army and the PLA, is nowhere close to being resolved.

Beijing wants to construct a road through the plateau, which both Bhutan and China claim. New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states and has deployed the Army to prevent it.

The Indian Army and PLA held a flag meeting at Nathu La in Sikkim last week to sort things out but in vain. Both sides stuck to their stated positions.

Beijing has repeatedly sought the “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal of the Indian troops from Doklam before any meaningful talks could begin to resolve the issue but New Delhi has rejected it and sought the return to status quo where both sides withdraw from the disputed area.

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