Chinese Army becomes stone-pelters, targets Indian troops: Beijing says, 'not aware'

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

Chinese troops had managed to enter upto Finger Four area in the region from where they were sent back.

After being stopped, the Chinese side began pelting stones, to which the Indian side responded in the same fashion.

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. But on both occasions, their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops.

Meanwhile, the Indian and Chinese Army officials are to hold a meeting in Chushul in Leh to lower tensions that escalated of late.

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Sources said Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel reportedly formed a human chain and foiled a bid by Chinese troops to enter Indian territory on foot in Ladakh, near the Pangong Lake.

The army also refuted reports appearing in some media that both sides had commenced "Flag Meetings" to resolve the issue in Doklam and Ladakh that has strained bilateral relations between the two nations.

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 Chinese side is committed to peace and tranquillity of the China-India border. "We urge the Indian side to abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides", she said. The 3,488 km long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in the Sikkim sector.

On India's 71st anniversary of Independence, Global Times said, "August 15 is not just a day for pride". The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.

  • Megan Austin