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ITBP officials confirm Chinese incursions but say they are not alarming

ITBP officials confirm Chinese incursions but say they are not alarming

The editorial in the Global Times states that "Indian reports has claimed that India would withdraw if its troops are replaced by Bhutanese troops, citing "a highly placed source".

This area has also seen aerial transgressions and infiltration by foot patrols in 2013 and 2014. The transgressions came in the middle of a prolonged military standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector. A serving colonel told TOI, "Incidentally, even though Indian Army constantly patrols the borders with China and has designated troops there, the Chinese army doesn't really stay on the LAC because they know that India will never invade them".

The 4,000-km-long LAC is divided into three sectors- western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh), and eastern (Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.) The latest transgression by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops took place in the middle sector.

The Global Times further writes that India in the Western media is a victim which has been bullied by China, "even though India illegally entered Chinese territory and violated worldwide law to unilaterally intervene in the territorial dispute between China and Bhutan". The ITBP jawans would guard the area with weapons in a non-militant manner, that is, with the barrel of the gun facing down. Incidentally, the Chinese had intruded into this area previous year too in July and carried out an aerial sortie by helicopter.

It is a "demilitarised zone" where Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to take their weapons, officials said.

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Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

Though China had maintained that there won't be a meaningful dialogue without the unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops, India has been maintaining that the unilateral action by China to build a road in the area was altering the status quo and had serious security implications for India.

There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments. At an event to mark the 90th anniversary of China's army in New Delhi, in attendance were representatives from India besides those from Bhutan, Pakistan and other countries.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval reportedly discussed the ongoing face-off with the Chinese leadership during his visit to Beijing last week.


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