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Indian, Chinese troops hold border meeting after Ladakh scuffle

New Delhi

16-August-2017

A day after a skirmish between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh, both sides held a Border Personnel Meeting on Wednesday at Chusul in the area, sources said.

According to sources in the Army, a 'pre-scheduled' BPM was held in Chusul on Wednesday afternoon.

The meeting discussed incidents and issues to ensure "strengthening of existing mechanisms for maintaining peace and tranquility".

Troops of both sides had scuffled near Pangong Lake in Ladakh after Chinese troops tried to cross the Line of Actual Control in the area.

The standoff continued for more than an hour, during which soldiers on both sides were involved in stone pelting, which led to injury to troops on both sides, sources said.

This is a one of its kind incident where troops were involved in a skirmish, though no weapons were used.

Later, a standard drill in which banners are shown asking the other side to go back to the agreed point - was held, and the Chinese troops retreated.

Army officials in Delhi have refused to comment on the incident, but have not denied it either.

The development in Ladakh comes as troops of both sides are locked in a tense standoff in Doklam, in Sikkim sector, that entered the third month on Wednesday. - IANS