China blames Indian troops for Ladakh scuffle

Sikkim standoff: Video surfaces of clashes between Chinese Army and ITBP in Ladakh

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to begin three-day visit to Ladakh on Sunday

This comes after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) objected to the long delays in construction of 61 strategically important roads under the India-China Border Roads (ICBRs) project.

Sehgal also asserted that such act of frustration show that the Chinese are not able to digest the inching defeat on the Doklam issue. The two sides took positions and the situation was defused by 9 AM, officials sources told The Hindu.

The minister said the world knew that India had never cast an evil eye on any country, had never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist attitude. "Our security forces have all the power to protect Indian borders", he said.

"On June 18, Indian troops carrying weapons and driving two bulldozers crossed the Sikkim sector and entered Chinese territory".

Indian and Chinese soldiers have for more than two months been facing off over a separate territorial dispute in the Doklam plateau, which India says is Bhutanese territory and which China claims for itself.

India and China frequently accuse each other of intrusions into each other's territories, but the violence was first of a kind.

India last week on Friday confirmed that there was a scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh near Pangong Lake on August 15.

Intensified frictions between India and China raise the potential for an open conflict and could serve as an "impetus" for further US-India strategic cooperation that could have implications for Beijing, according to a Congressional report.

"Recent border tensions between India and China may be indicative of a new phase of heightened Sino-Indian rivalry".

Addressing a grand a piping ceremony of the ITBP today, the union home minister said India wanted friendly relations with all neigbhours.

This move was not just to shake and join hands but to bring together hearts, he said. It's time for India to confess its SEVEN SINS.

Quoting former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, Mr. Singh said that "you could change your friends but not your neighbours".

"I want to convey a message to all neighbouring countries that India wants peace", Rajnath said. But this time, it's relatively placid with a few praises also thrown in.

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