16 August, 2017
"We always patrol in the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)". Besides, the PLA also declined the Indian invitation to participate in ceremonial border meetings on the occasion of India's Independence Day.
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 official said the event was marked more informally, with both sides' troops exchanging candies at several places, including the Doklam area, where the stand-off has lasted nearly two months.
Ladakh is the latest incident of military standoff between the two countries after the Dokalam standoff in Sikkim region, which is still continuing. The Doklam standoff began after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
Indian and Chinese soldiers are said to have clashed on the northern bank of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh and there were also incidents of stone pelting in the clash.
When asked to comment on the reports of Chinese incursion, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said, "I am not aware of the information". Personnel from both sides received some injuries in stone-pelting.More news: Murder conviction in Blackwater case thrown out, other sentences overturned
India has, however, said that both China and India need to pull back troops from the region. "We urge the Indian side to abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides", she said.
The two armies are engaged in a standoff in the Doklam plateau further east, in another part of their 3,500 km (2,175 mile) unmarked mountain border. The two sides have frequently accused each other of territorial intrusions, but clashes are rare.
As the standoff in Doklam entered the third month, China on Wednesday renewed its call for India to withdraw troops from the area.
New Delhi said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity in Doklam, near the trijunction of the borders of India, China and Bhutan, was a threat to the security of its own northeast region, especially in Sikkim.