Indian and Chinese soldiers were engaged in a brawl without weapons along the Line of Actual Control near Naku La pass in north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim last week, the Indian army said today.
A Chinese army patrol tried to cross into Indian territory and were forced back four days ago.
"We have received several queries regarding a face-off between Indian Army and PLA troops in Sikkim sector. It is clarified that there was a minor face-off at Naku La area of North Sikkim on 20 January and the same was resolved by local commanders as per established protocols," the Indian army confirmed in a statement.
It asked the media to "refrain from overplaying or exaggerating reports which are factually incorrect".
Troops of the two countries had previously clashed along the border in Sikkim in May 2020.
India and China have been locked in a tense military standoff along the border in eastern Ladakh for the last eight months.