Indian, Chinese soldiers scuffle in Ladakh

Glen Mclaughlin
August 16, 2017

Amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops on the Doklam plateau, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) may not attend the ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) for India's Independence Day celebrations.

Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.

An Army spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the incident which came amid continued stand-off between the armies of the two countries at Doklam in Sikkim. PLA soldiers started hurling stones at the Indian soldiers after they found their path blocked by Indian soldiers.

The US department also stated, we want India, China to have conversations because we have the relationship between both governments.

The Indian Army also celebrated the occasion by distributing candies to the local people.

Police in Jammu and Kashmir said clashes were relatively common along the de facto border known as the LAC. "We continue to encourage both parties to have conversations", it added. China also claims that Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over Doklam. The Chinese troops withdrew soon after.

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India's political environment makes it easier for politicians to confront China than improve ties with it. Modi has opted for confrontation with China, with the consideration that by challenging China, the Modi government can maintain India's influence and hegemony in South Asia, it said.

Meanwhile, China has vehemently rejected all reports of it ever offering a compromise to India by relocating its troops in the disputed Doklam border area.

China today 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.

It is not the first time that this particular region has been grasped by tension.

But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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