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Chinese troops intrude 10 km inside Ladakh

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 16:17 hrs

New Delhi: In a deep incursion,Chinese troops have entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post, setting the stage for a face-off with Indian troops.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources, which said that a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

Troops from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have also established a camp approximately 300 metres opposite the location, the sources said.

ITBP has asked for a Flag meeting with the Chinese side but there has been no response as of now, sources said.

When contacted, the spokesman of Udhampur-based Northern Command Col Rajesh Kalia said," due to differences in perception of the Line of Actual Control(LAC) a few face-offs take place in the eastern Ladakh side. These are resolved amicably through existing mechanism." He refused to elaborate.

The Ladakh Scouts, an Infantry regiment of the Indian Army and specializing in mountain warfare, has also moved towards the area where the situation was described as tense.

The place has not been known to have any permanent civilian population.
     
DBO, located in northernmost Ladakh, is an historic camp site and located on an ancient trade route connecting Ladakh to Yarkand in Xinjiang, China.

It lies at the easternmost point of the Karakoram Range in a cold desert region in the far north of India, just 8 km south of the Chinese border and 9 km northwest of the Aksai Chin LAC between China and India. Temperature plummets as low as minus 30 degree Celsius in the winters.

Other than Siachen Glacier military base, it is India's northernmost built-up area. The nearest inhabited town is Murgo to the south, which has a small population of Baltis who primarily depend on apricot farming and yak rearing.

India, China in touch to resolve Chinese incursion issue


 India and China are in touch to resolve the situation arising out of deep incursion by Chinese troops who entered the Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erected a tented post.

According to government sources, the issue was raised by India after the incident came to light some time ago.

"This is an area where there have been differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. Incidents do occur and are resolved peacefully on the basis of bilateral agreements which exist and mechanisms provided for in these agreements," the sources said.

"We are confident that the current incident too will also be peacefully resolved on this basis," they added.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources which said a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

The government sources said both sides (India and China) are in touch on the current incident, availing the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.

The mechanism is headed by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Director General Border Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mooted by former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the mechanism was finalised last year at the conclusion of the 15th meeting of the Special Representatives (SR) on the boundary question National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo.

Under the mechanism, the two sides "undertake other tasks that are mutually agreed upon by the two sides but will not discuss resolution of the boundary question or affect the Special Representatives Mechanism."

It will "study ways and means to conduct and strengthen exchanges and cooperation between military personnel and establishments of the two sides in the border areas."

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