China mum on its incursion attempt in Ladakh

Aug 16, 2017, 15:30
China mum on its incursion attempt in Ladakh

While India has been pushing for diplomatic talks on the matter, China has said that any talk about the region would be possible only after India withdraws its troops from the border.

"The MoD sources said, "Please refer to certain queries regarding confrontation with PLA (People's Liberation Army) troops in Arunachal Pradesh".

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. The report also said the new decision marks a shift from past United States governments policies and it will replace the dialogue format between foreign and commerce ministers of both countries started by Barack Obama administration.

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The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer.

Indian and Chinese authorities have not responded to the situation yet.

Tuesday's incident comes against the backdrop of a weeks-long stand-off between the militaries of the two country at Doklam, near Sikkim.

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"I am not aware of the incident", Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokesperson said at regular ministry briefing on Wednesday when asked about the Ladakh incident.

"Personnel from both sides received some injuries in the stone-pelting".

Moreover, for the first time since 2005, the PLA declined to meet with their Indian counterpart after the Indian side extended them the invitation to participate in ceremonial border meetings on the occasion of India's Independence Day. "And we urge the India side to abide by the Line of Actual Control", she said.

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India is said to have sent the invite a few days ago for a BPM at five border points, but did not receive a response from the People's Liberation Army. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.

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