Unaware about any clash with Indian troops in Ladakh: China

RSTV Bureau

China on Wednesday dismissed reports of Indian troops foiling PLA’s attempt to cross the border along the banks of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

“I am not aware of the information I can tell you that the Chinese border troops are always committed to maintain peace and tranquillity on the India-China border,” Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s foreign ministry said.

File Photo: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's foreign ministry.

File Photo: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s foreign ministry.

Reports suggested that Indian border guards on Tuesday blocked Chinese soldiers to enter Ladakh, resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides.

Hu Chunying 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. 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 ongoing for more than 50 days, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from constructing a road in the area.

Asked whether there is any progress to resolve the standoff at the Doklam area in the Sikkim section which has now entered the third month, Hua reiterated China’s stand that Indian troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory and they should unconditionally withdraw.

“This is a precondition for any meaningful talks between the two sides,” she said.

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 north-eastern states.