New Delhi: Tension flared up between India and China on Wednesday after troops from the two countries engaged in a scuffle in eastern Ladakh, a news report said on Thursday.
According to the Times of India, the face-off began when Chinese soldiers objected to Indian troops patrolling the 134- kilometre Pangong Tso in Ladakh. The objections by the Chinese side led to the scuffle which resulted in both sides calling in reinforcements, the report said.
Two-third of Pangong Lake is controlled by China and the remaining by India.
Last month, India bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir -- after revoking Article 370 of the Constitution. China had then objected to New Delhi's move given its dispute with India along borders areas.
The report of tensions between the two countries comes ahead of a possible visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to India next month for an informal summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Xi in Wuhan last April.
The April summit had come after a 73-day long standoff between the militaries of the two countries on Bhutan’s Doklam plateau in 2017. The two countries had then agreed to ensure that border tensions, mainly due to their un-demarcated frontiers, be contained and resolved quickly. They had also agreed to expedite talks on resolving the border issue.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, the point person to hold talks on the border from the Chinese side, was scheduled to visit India this month but news reports said the trip had been postponed due to scheduling issues.