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Not aware of scuffle between Indian, Chinese troops in Ladakh, says Beijing

Beijing on Wednesday said that it was not aware of the reports of PLA soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh and said it is committed to peace and tranquillity along the border

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Beijing [Published on:16 Aug 2017, 1:51 PM IST]
Not aware of scuffle between Indian, Chinese troops in
Not aware of scuffle between Indian, Chinese troops in Ladakh, says Beijing Photo:PTI

A day after the scuffle between troops of the two nations in Ladakh following a foiled incursion bid by Chinese troops to enter the Indian territory, Beijing on Wednesday said that it was not aware of the reports of PLA soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh and said it is committed to peace and tranquillity along the border.

Indian border guards yesterday foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides. 

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

She said the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops always patrol along the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 

"The Chinese side is committed to peace and tranquillity of the China-India border," she said. 

"We urge the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides," she 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. The standoff has been on for more than 50 days now, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from constructing a road in the area. 

India has protested the construction of a road by the Chinese military in the area claimed by its ally Bhutan, fearing it would allow Beijing to cut off India's access to its northeastern states.

Meanwhile, sources said a Brigadier-level meet between India and China was held in Chushil village of Leh district on Wednesday where the two sides agreed to calm down the ‘temperature’ and suggested that they don’t any such incident to happen again. 

The two sides have also agreed that tension on sections of border (referring to the ongoing military faceoff in Doklam area) should not spill over elsewhere.

(With PTI inputs)