According to Indian border guards, a group of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers tried to enter the Ladakh region in India, but they were forced to turn back after they were challenged by Indian security forces. The PLA soldiers had tried to enter Indian territory by travelling through the banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh. However, they were challenged by Indian border guards and were forced to return. No bullets were fired during the standoff, but the troops started throwing stones at each other, which resulted in injuries on both sides. When India officially took the matter with Chinese government, China feigned ignorance and said that it does not have any information about PLA soldiers entering the Ladakh region in India.
Experts said that this may be another attempt by Chinese government to intimidate India and loosen its stand on the Doklam border issue. Responding to the news of incursions by PLA soldiers in the Ladakh region in India, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that she was not aware of any such developments. She said that the Chinese soldiers have always remained committed to establishing peace and tranquility along the border areas. She also said that Chinese troops often patrol the borders to ensure the region’s security.