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Unaware of reports of PLA soldiers entering Ladakh's Pangong lake: China
16 August 2017, 03:30 | Colleen Roy
US wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues
People's Liberation Army soldiers attempted to enter the Indian side from two points - Finger Four and Finger Five - between 6 am and 9 am. It is clarified that the information is false.
Indian and Chinese soldiers were allegedly involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, said sources in the government.
Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque region of Ladakh, on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said.
The incident took place on the morning of Indian Independence Day, August 15.
He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter Indian territory but had been pushed back.
Personnel from both sides received minor injuries in the ensuing stone-pelting and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.
The crisis began on June 16 when the Indian Army prevented Chinese troops from building a road in Doklam.
The disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed India, Pakistan and China. China says the line of control was set in 1959 but India has disputed that.
The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but clashes are rare.
The two armies are engaged in a standoff in the Doklam plateau further east, in another part of their 3,500 km (2,175 mile) unmarked mountain border.
The United States is "encouraging" India and China to "have direct dialogue" to resolve the Doklam standoff, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
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.
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.
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