Indian, Chinese troops briefly skirmish at Ladakh's Pangong Lake

16 August 2017, 03:03 | Isaac Mcdaniel

India, China troops in high-altitude clash

No confrontation between Indian, Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh

The standoff has been ongoing for more than 50 days, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from illegally constructing a road in the disputed area.

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been engaged in a standoff in Doklam for over a months now.

A source in New Delhi told Reuters, Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries 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.

Indian and Chinese forces briefly skirmished on the north bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

In this Sunday, June 17, 2016, photo, Pangong lake high up in Ladahak region is seen from India side.

"I have no knowledge of the details you mentioned, but what I can tell you is that Chinese border troops have always been committed to maintaining the peace and tranquility of the China-India border areas", Hua told reporters at a regularly scheduled news conference.

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"A trade war between China and India seems to be looming after the latter moved last Wednesday (9 August) to impose anti-dumping duties on 93 products from China", the report said.

The growing engagement of Chinese companies within India's burgeoning electronics and IT industry - worth almost $22 billion, according to a recent study by industry chamber CII - has sounded alarm bells within the government, especially as it is felt that much of this can be used to gain unlawful access to critical information about individuals, businesses, and government set-ups.

China wants the Indian Army to withdraw from Doklam, and India asked China to stop building the road.

Two attempts were made by Chinese troops to intrude into Indian territory, both of which were thwarted by Indian soldiers, a PTI report said.

China's defence and foreign ministries did not immediately respond to request for comment.



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