The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries with the situation being finally brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.
A Chinese defence expert had earlier told the Global Times that this move would be justified as it would be on the lines of the "same logic" that the Indian Army has been using to halt China's road construction project at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction.
Many Chinese players also hold stakes in India's e-marketplaces which has made the Indian government further wary about Chinese technology being misused to gain illegal access to important data.
"I am not aware of the incident", Hua Chunying, foreign ministry spokesperson said at regular ministry briefing on Wednesday when asked about the Ladakh incident.
Both nations have been facing a continuous stand-off at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction in Doklam.
As per sources, the ceremonial border meetings did not take place at any of the five designated border meeting points on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Doklam standoff began after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.
Both sides reiterated that the other tried to enter its territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh, the sources said. One third of the lake is under Indian control while rest is with China. China and India fought a border war in 1962 and much of their frontier remains unsettled despite several rounds of official-level talks.
"The MoD sources said, "Please refer to certain queries regarding confrontation with PLA (People's Liberation Army) troops in Arunachal Pradesh". "The Chinese side is committed to peace and tranquillity of the China-India border", she said.
China has repeatedly asked India to unilaterally withdraw from the Doklam area, or else face the prospect of a military-related escalation.