Spillover Effect: Indian, Chinese Forces Pelt Stones at Each Other in Ladakh

US wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues

The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer.

"The Chinese side has sought a flag meeting in the area with the Indians to discuss matter", the source said. Later, the situation was brought under control after the banner drill with both sides stepping back to their respective positions. In May 2013, the Chinese troops had been intercepted by Indian Army patrol numerous times after the three-week long stand-off between the two countries in the Depsang plains of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).

Army officials in Delhi have refused to comment on the incident, but have not denied it either. "We urge the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides".

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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.

"We always patrol on the Chinese side of the LAC".

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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This is a one of its kind incident where troops were involved in a skirmish, though no weapons were used.

Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese territory. Significantly, Chinese army officials did not attend a customary and ceremonial Independence Day meeting yesterday, though soldiers exchanged candies just 25 kms from the stand-off in Sikkim. However, there were reports of troops from both sides exchanging candies on the occasion on Tuesday.

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