After stone pelting in Ladakh, India-China to hold flag meet

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

The official said the event was marked more informally, with troops from both sides exchanging candies at several places, including the Doklam area, where the stand-off has lasted nearly two months.

As the standoff in Doklam entered the third month, China on Wednesday renewed its call for India to withdraw troops from the area.

According to Army sources in Delhi, a "pre-scheduled" Border Personnel Meeting was held near Chusul border area in Ladakh. The two sides took positions and the situation was defused by 9 a.m., officials said.

Jayadeva Ranade, a former intelligence official and founder director of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, said of Tuesday's incident: "Which Army throws stones?"

An Indian intelligence officer said the confrontation occurred after Indian soldiers intercepted a Chinese patrol that veered into Indian-held territory after apparently it lost its way due to bad weather. This resulted in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to people on both sides, the officials added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said withdrawal of troops by India was a precondition for any dialogue between both sides.

Indian soldiers had reportedly formed a human chain to stop the advancing Chinese troopers.

A spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry said told China Daily that there was no truth in the report and added that China will not trade its territorial sovereignty under any circumstances. This area has been a bone of contention between India and China as both claim it to be a part of their territory.

"We urge the Indian side to scrupulously abide by relevant agreements, protocols and rules between the two countries and earnestly respect the 1959 line of control and earnestly protect the peace and stability of the border region".

Ranade said this showed that China continues to remain insensitive towards India, and was a message that tensions between the countries are expected to remain high.

These meetings are held at five points - Daulat Beg Oldie in northern Ladakh, Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh, Chushul in Ladakh, Bum-La near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh and Nathu-La in Sikkim.

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