India and China Troops Clash Along Border in Western Himalayas

(FILES) In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China. India’s foreign minister announced plans on April 25, 2013, to visit China amid a border dispute, saying both countries had a mutual interest in not allowing it to “destroy” long-term progress in ties. According to officials in New Delhi, a platoon of Chinese troops set up a camp inside Indian territory on April 15, 2013. India has since called on the Chinese soldiers to withdraw, but several meetings between local army commanders and diplomats from both sides have failed to resolve the stand-off. AFP PHOTO/ Diptendu DUTTA/ FILESDIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images

A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday.

The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to enter Indian territory near the Pangong lake.

Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese territory.

The two countries are also locked in an impasse in the Doklam area, which borders China, India and Bhutan.

PTI quoted army officials as saying that in the latest confrontation, soldiers had to form a human chain to prevent an incursion by Chinese forces into territories claimed by India and located near the country’s Ladakh region. China claims the territories as its own.

An Indian official told the BBC that he could neither confirm nor deny media reports, but said “such incidents do happen,” adding that “this isn’t the first time that something like this has happened.”

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SOURCE: BBC News