China on Wednesday urged India to protect peace and stability at their border, saying the mutual agreements related to the 1959 line of control should be upheld scrupulously.
A foreign ministry spokesperson called on New Delhi to abide by long-standing protocols and rules between the two countries and prevent an escalation of tensions at the border.
The comments came after reports of an altercation between soldiers of the two Asian powers this week in the western Himalayas, Reuters reports.
The news agency cited a source in New Delhi as saying that Indian soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near a lake called Pangong.
Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and troops on both sides suffered minor injuries in the melee, the source said.
Troops from the two neighbors have been embroiled in a seven-week standoff on the Doklam plateau in another part of the remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday in Beijing that she did not know details of the most recent incident.
“But what I can tell you is that Chinese border forces have consistently and always dedicated themselves to protecting peace and tranquility on the China-India border region and we have always patrolled on the Chinese side of the line of control,” Hua told a daily news briefing.
“We urge the Indian side to scrupulously abide by relevant agreements, protocols and rules between the two countries and earnestly respect the 1959 line of control and earnestly protect the peace and stability of the border region.”
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