China border meet hangs in balance

Posted August 16, 2017

China on Wednesday denied any reports of People's Liberation Army soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of Ladakh's Pangong Tso lake, reported PTI. However, they were interrupted by the Indian forces and were sent back.

However, the Indian Army spokesperson in New Delhi refused to comment on the incident. Adhering to the prevailing practices, officials said, is in the interest of both sides in reducing tensions on the border, according to the report.

The stand-off began in June when Chinese soldiers tried to unilaterally change the status quo in the strategically important Doklam region of Bhutan by building a road in the area.

When the Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in late 1990s, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter's control, officials said. New Delhi's growing national strength encourages itself to push the Beijing-New Delhi bilateral relationship into conflict and confrontation and therefore to contain China's growing influence in the region.

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Chinese companies have now nearly become the backbone to India's massive requirement in electronics manufacturing with the current valuation of tech imports from China sitting at approximately Dollars 22 billion as per a recent study by Confederation of Indian Industries. At the tri-junction China, India, and Bhutan, Doklam is of strategic importance to all three.

An Indian military officer said the skirmish was brief but violent and for the first time stones were used.

The move comes at a time when tensions on the borders with China have been intensifying. Earlier, Nepal Deputy Prime Minister K B Mahara had said that the country wanted to remain neutral to the brewing hostilities between the countries and added that Nepal was in favour of resolving the crisis between India and China through favourable dialogue. However, there were reports of troops from both sides exchanging candies on the occasion on Tuesday.