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Yang flew down to Nepal from Pakistan where he was the chief guest at the official celebrations of the 70th 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 confrontation between the rival soldiers took place on the north bank of the Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) in eastern Ladakh, two-thirds of which is controlled by China as it extends from Tibet to India, early on Tuesday morning", Times of India reported.

It cited figures from the Indian embassy in China to show that Indian exports fell by 12.3 per cent year-on-year to $11.75 billion while India's imports from China rose by 2 per cent to $59 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of $47 billion. India has objected to the construction, and has deployed the Army to prevent it. PLA soldiers started hurling stones at the Indian soldiers after they found their path blocked by Indian soldiers.

Before ceremonial BPMs that are held on national days, either side gives confirmation a couple of days in advance.

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

But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway.

Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and in-charge of foreign affairs K B Mahara had last week said that Nepal was in favour of the hostilities being resolved through dialogue and that it will remain neutral to the standoff.

New Delhi said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity in Doklam, near the trijunction of the borders of India, China and Bhutan, was a threat to the security of its own northeast region.


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