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Posted On : 16 Aug, 2017  Source : IANS  Place : New Delhi 
Government refuses to comment on Chinese attempt to intrude in Ladakh
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday refused to comment on reports of an attempt by Chinese troops to intrude into Indian territory in Ladakh sector.

"This is not a subject on which the government normally makes a comment," he said at a media briefing after a cabinet meeting.

Indian troops reportedly foiled two incursion bids by the Chinese near Pangong Lake in Ladakh area on Tuesday, during which stones were reportedly pelted, injuring soldiers. The Army had not commented officially on the issue.

Chinese side requests flag meeting after Ladakh skirmish

A day after Indian and Chinese troops clashed along the northern bank of Pangong Lake in Ladakh, a flag meeting was requested by the Chinese side, sources said on Wednesday.

A scuffle took place on Tuesday when troops of China's PLA tried to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong Lake in Ladakh.

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.