Doklam stand-off: U.S. 'encouraging' India, China to resolve issue through 'direct dialogue'

No confrontation between Indian, Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh

India, China troops in high-altitude clash

An attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of Pangong lake in Ladakh was foiled by Indian troops on Tuesday.

Army spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the incident.

The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called "chicken's neck" - a thin strip of land connecting India's northeastern states with the rest of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address to nation from Red Fort on Independence Day, had said, "India is capable of tackling any kind of security challenge, be it the sea or borders". "Dressed in their raincoats, the Indian soldiers forming a human chain have been standing all throughout the day and night till they are relieved by another batch that takes over the vigil", a local source said.

Apparently stealing a leaf from Srinagar streets, the Indian and Chinese armies have resorted to stone pelting on each other. The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added.

The Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) held a flag meet at Nathu La last week to sort things out, but in vain. The standoff has worsened the bilateral ties between both countries, with Chinese media and diplomats even issuing threats of war against India.

He also said India is fast progressing towards self-sustainability and the youth must contribute in country's development.

China demands that Indian troops withdraw unilaterally from the Doklam standoff before any talks can be held, while New Delhi says each side should stand down. The Chinese Vice Premier will inaugurate the construction of the erstwhile nine-storey Royal Palace, which China had pledged to rebuild after it was devastated by the quake in April 2015, official sources said.

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