Indian, Chinese troops face-off in Ladakh

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Soldiers of the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, on Wednesday, were engaged in a confrontation near the border in Ladakh. The faceoff between the soldiers of the two armies occurred near the northern bank of the Pangong lake, reported ANI.

A scuffle broke out between the troops on Wednesday morning when soldiers of the Indian Army, who were patrolling the northern bank of the 134-Km long Pangong Tso, were confronted by PLA troops who objected to their presence in the area, as per reports. China controls nearly two-thirds of the Pangong Tso lake which extends from Tibet to Ladakh.

The confrontation which started shortly after dawn continued for the whole day and into the evening as troops from both sides remained unrelenting. The ranks of the jostling soldiers on both sides were replenished during the day by reinforcements leading to a prolonged confrontation.

The delegation-level talks were held by the officers of the rank of brigadier as per the protocol to defuse such tensions. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China passes through the Pangong Tso lake in Western Himalayas. Such confrontations are common between the patrolling soldiers of the two owing to differing perceptions of the LAC.

The tensions, however, eased after the delegation-level talks between two sides there. De-escalated and disengaged fully after delegation-level talks yesterday.