Army chief reaches Leh, takes stock of situation

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The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer.

Indian and Chinese soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another high in the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Kashmir, escalating tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere.

The army said, "Currently, we have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video".

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The incident occurred at Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh, and was caught on a smartphone camera and shared by Manu Pubby of The Print.

The August 15 stone-pelting incident is a result of heightened border tensions more generally this year, since the Doklam standoff began especially, and a effect of the fact that Indian and Chinese border forces do not carry loaded weapons, which is created to prevent inadvertent escalation.

The incident at Ladakh on August 15 highlights a general decline in border stability between India and China as various confidence-building measures have faltered in the aftermath of the Doklam standoff, which is now in its third month. However, refused to say whether stones or rods were involved or not.

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In the next 3-4 days, more local level meetings are likely to take place between the two sides at different locations on the LaC. Such incidents are not in the interest of either side. On August 15, the Ministry of External affairs had downplayed the incident by saying that "peace and tranquillity" must be maintained between India and China, according to an India Today report. Injuries from the fist fight and stone-pelting are partly visible.

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will visit Ladakh on Sunday, to take stock of the security situation amid the continuing stand-off at Doklam near Sikkim.

China's foreign ministry spokesman said he is "not aware" of the incident, and Beijing urged "the Indian side [to] abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides". China had tried to build a road at Doklam, the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan which was stopped by the Indian Army.

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