After stone pelting in Ladakh, India-China to hold flag meet

US wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues
After stone pelting in Ladakh, India-China to hold flag meet
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16 August, 2017

While India has been pushing for diplomatic talks on the matter, China has said that any talk about the region would be possible only after India withdraws its troops from the border.

When the Indian side staked a 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.

"It also confirmed that candies were exchanged between the Indian Army and PLA troops in multiple border locations, including in the area of Doklam". China has also said that it was not aware of reports of PLA soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

After being stopped, the Chinese side began pelting stones, to which the Indian side responded in the same fashion.

The skirmish in Ladakh comes at a time when India and China are locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector. The Indian soldiers were seen scuffling with a Chinese soldier in the video footage broadcast.

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"I am not aware of the incident", Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokesperson said at regular ministry briefing on Wednesday when asked about the Ladakh incident.

Personnel from both sides reportedly received minor injuries.

Moreover, for the first time since 2005, the PLA declined to meet with their Indian counterpart after the Indian side extended them the invitation to participate in ceremonial border meetings on the occasion of India's Independence Day. However, China is unlikely to appreciate the growing closeness of India and the US. China says the line of control was set in 1959 but India has disputed that.

New Delhi said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity in Doklam, near the trijunction of the borders of India, China and Bhutan, was a threat to the security of its own northeast region, especially in Sikkim. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.


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