India confirms brief scuffle with Chinese troops in Ladakh, says “such incidents not in interest of either side”

New Delhi: The Indian government on Friday confirmed reports of a brief scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake in Ladakh, saying “the incident indeed did take place”.

“Today, I can confirm that there was an incident at Pangong Tso on August 15,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said during the weekly media briefing.

“This was subsequently discussed by the local army commanders of the two sides. We feel that such incidents are not in the interest of either side. We should maintain peace and tranquillity,” he said.
The Chinese soldiers are said to have attempted to cross the Line of Actual Control near Pangong lake but were stopped by Indian soldiers.