August 2017 News

Indian, Chinese Troops Hold Border Meeting After Ladakh Scuffle

16 August 2017
The Economic Times
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung

New Delhi: Senior officers of the Indian Army and China's PLA held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the clash between soldiers that took place a day at Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The Border Personnel Meeting was, however, scheduled a week ago. 'It was a scheduled meeting in Chushul (in Leh). Issues were discussed to strengthen existing mechanism for peace and tranquillity. The incident (clash) that took place yesterday (Tuesday) was also discussed,' a senior government official said. Both sides raise issues during such meetings and measures are taken to ensure that clashes as such that happened on Tuesday are not repeated. PLA soldiers tried to intrude Finger Four and Finger Five areas, twice, along the banks of the 135-km long Pangong Lake between 6 am and 9 am on Tuesday. ITBP forces blocked the path of PLA soldiers, who allegedly pelted stones. The Indian troops retaliated and a scuffle ensued, in which several soldiers on both sides were injured. The situation was controlled after a drill when both sides held up banners proclaiming their right over the area, before returning to their respective positions. One-third of the lake is in India and two-thirds under Chinese control. Incursions from the Chinese side take place regularly every year, but not clashes. A Chinese foreign ministry said she was not aware of the incident and added Chinese troops were committed to maintain peace along LAC. BPMs are held between the Indian Army and PLA at five locations along the LAC on Independence Day and PLA Day every year. India was looking for- ward to BPMs that were to be held on August 15, but they didn't take place since PLA didn't respond to the invites. PLA didn't invite the Indian Army for BPMs on August 1.