Chinese, Indian Troops Resort to Stone Pelting In Ladakh, Many Injured

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A minor scuffle took place between the Indian and Chinese forces on Tuesday after the former stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army troops from crossing the Line of Control (LAC).

Nearly 20 Km from the site of military face-off, the Army and ITBP personnel took part in the informal exchange of candies at Nathu La, but a ceremonial meeting between the sides did not take place as had been the practice in the past on the Independence Day. While the Union defence ministry and army sources refused to comment, this newspaper has learnt that troop mobilisation has slowed down considerably in a bid to de-escalate the tense situation.

The trouble started in June when India sent troops to stop China building a road in the Doklam area, which is remote, uninhabited territory claimed by both China and India's ally Bhutan.

"India's hard-line leadership is attempting to take advantage of structural conflicts between Beijing and Washington".

However, China did not respond to communications from India over holding the meeting.

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The growing engagement of Chinese companies within India's burgeoning electronics and IT industry - worth almost $22 billion, according to a recent study by industry chamber CII - has sounded alarm bells within the government, especially as it is felt that much of this can be used to gain unlawful access to critical information about individuals, businesses, and government set-ups.

They are held on the national days of both countries.

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

China has repeatedly asked India to unilaterally withdraw from the Doklam area, or else face the prospect of an escalation.

The ongoing tensions had built up following the construction of a road by China in Bhutan's Doklam region.

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