Indian troops foil China's incursion attempts in Ladakh

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2017

On Wednesday, a day after the incident, the two sides held a flag meeting at the Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point at Chushul in eastern Ladakh.

The sources said today's BPM was pre-scheduled and the issues discussed included strengthening of existing mechanism for maintaining peace and tranquility along the border. The Chinese tried to enter Indian territory at the Finger-4 and Finger-5 areas early on Tuesday morning.

It ended up with heated exchange between the two sides resulting in stone-pelting that caused minor injuries to personnel on both sides.

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

The United States State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that "We are encouraging both parties to have a direct conversation", when asked what is the the United States" stand on "another round of tiff from India and China, ' referring to the two-month long Doklam stand-off. Tuesday's incident comes against the backdrop of two month old standoff between Chinese and Indian soldiers, who have been engaged in a eyeball to eyeball situation since June 16th after Indian troops objected to road construction by Chinese soldiers in a strategically important Dokalam plateau close to Sikkim border.

"I am not aware of the information". So to enforce their claims each side regularly patrols till their claim area. "And we urge the India side to abide by the Line of Actual Control", she said.

Meanwhile, China has vehemently rejected reports suggesting that it had offered a compromise to India under which it showed willingness to move its troops 100 meters back in Doklam area after India sought the pullback of Chinese troops by 250 metres.

The stone-pelting took place when the two sides were retreating after a face-off at Finger Four and Finger Five near Pangong Lake on August 15.

India has said it was ready to pull back troops if China does so too, an offer Beijing has outrightly rejected.

Analysts warned that China, which has been aggressive since the standoff began, could decide to test India's preparedness in other areas along the LAC in Arunachal, in Uttarakhand, or even in Ladakh.

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