United States wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues

16 August, 2017, 15:01 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Indian troops foil China’s incursion attempts in Ladakh Reports

Meanwhile at least 52 trucks belonging to PLA parked on the road built by the Chinese army were spotted on the side of the lake.

China on Wednesday said it was not aware of a skirmish between its troops and Indian soldiers in Ladakh region and stated that its border troops always patrol on the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Indian forces and the Chinese troops had an hour-long face-off in the north bank of Pangong lake in Ladakh on Tuesday, according to sources. But on both occasions, their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops.

Asked to comment on the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said, "I am not aware of the information".

The two armies are already engaged in a standoff in the Doklam Plateau further east, in another part of their 3,500-kilometer-long unmarked mountain border. The encounter ended with slight injuries on both sides. However India also did not participate in the similar ceremony on the Chinese side on August 1, the founding day of the PLA.

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"We urge the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides", she said.

The two countries are also locked in an impasse in the Doklam area, which borders China, India and Bhutan.

The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but clashes are rare.

Asked whether there was any progress to resolve the standoff at the Doklam area in the Sikkim section which has now entered the third month, Hua reiterated China's stand that Indian troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory and they should unconditionally withdraw.

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