New Delhi: China on Wednesday declared its commitment to peace and stability along the border with India, saying it was unaware of an incursion by the People’s Liberation Army and subsequent scuffles with Indian security forces in Ladakh a day earlier.

Reports of Tuesday’s Chinese incursion along the banks of the Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh came as the US called on the two countries to sit down for a direct dialogue to resolve their disputes that have led to a two-month-old military standoff on the Doklam plateau in Bhutan.

“I’m not aware of the information. I can tell you that the Chinese border troops are always committed to maintain peace and tranquillity of the India-China border," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said about reports of an altercation marked by stone pelting.

“We always patrol in the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control. We urge the Indian side to abide by the LAC (Line of Actual Control) and relevant conventions between the two sides," she said, according to a Press Trust of India report from Beijing.

Two thirds of Pangong Tso Lake, a popular tourist destination for Indians, is controlled by China. Indian army officials in New Delhi said they were hopeful of talks being held soon between to tamp down on tensions.

The reported Chinese incursion in Ladakh came as India was celebrating the completion of 70 years of Independence and on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Indian Army was capable of tackling every security challenge.

On Doklam standoff, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Indian troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory and that they should withdraw unconditionally.

“This is a pre-condition for any meaningful talks between the two sides," Hu Chunying said.

India has called for both sides to move back while Beijing has said it would only engage in talks once the Indian troops withdrew.

Last week, India moved more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Doklam standoff, a PTI report said citing unnamed officials. There was however no enhancement of troops at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam where around 350 army personnel are holding to their position, the report said.

The US overnight urged India and China to sit down for a direct dialogue to resolve their differences. “We are encouraging both parties to sit down and have a direct dialogue," State department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

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