Indian, Chinese soldiers involved in scuffle in Ladakh; US intervenes

New Delhi, Aug 16: A brief scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops was reported from Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, informed sources said, even as Army officials in Delhi refused comment. The Chinese soldiers are said to have attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong lake, but were stopped by Indian soldiers. According to sources, there were heated exchange of words and a stand-off between the troops from both sides continued for more than an hour, during which stone-pelting was also reported. After a brief stand-off, the Chinese troops went back, the sources added. The latest incident comes in the wake of a stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the border in Sikkim. A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting on the Indian Independence Day was also not held this time as the Chinese side did not respond to a communication from the Indian side.

The US today said it wants India and China to sit down and have a direct dialogue to resolve their issues.

The US' remarks came a day after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh.

"We are encouraging both parties to sit down and have a direct dialogue," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference. 

Nauert was responding to questions on the skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh and continued standoff in Doklam area.

News24 Bureau