Area of standoff part of Chinese territory: Beijing
Beijing: China on Thursday claimed that the Pangong Lake area in eastern Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese troops had a standoff, is "entirely located" in its territory and under its "effective jurisdiction".
According to Indian military sources in New Delhi, a scuffle broke out between India and Chinese soldiers on the bank of the Pangong Lake on Wednesday but the matter has been resolved through talks. The incident took place after Indian soldiers patrolling the area did not heed to objection to their presence in the area by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops, the sources said on Thursday.
Two-thirds of the lake in eastern Ladakh is controlled by China. Reacting to the incident, the Chinese Foreign Ministry in a written reply to queries from the media here said that "the areas mentioned in the relevant reports are entirely located in China" and Beijing has been "exercising effective jurisdiction".
"The Chinese border troops have always strictly followed the relevant agreements and consensus between China and India, carried out regular patrol activities on Chinese territory," it said.
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