A few Chinese troops were temporarily detained by Indian personnel in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, after approximately 200 of them crossed into Indian territory from Tibet and attempted to damage unoccupied bunkers. These bunkers are near the Line of Actual Control at the Bum La and Yangtse border passes. According to sources, the incident involving the Chinese attempting to damage a few unoccupied bunkers occurred last week.
ÂThe India-China border has not been formally demarcated. Hence, there is a difference in perception of LAC between the countries. Peace and tranquillity in these areas of differing perceptions has been possible by adhering to existing agreements and protocols between the two countries,Â the source said, adding, ÂWhenever patrols of both sides physically meet, the situation is managed according to established protocols and mechanisms agreed by both sides. Physical engagement can last for a few hours prior to disengaging as per mutual understanding,Â A suggestion was made as a follow up that both sides safeguard up to their line of perception to avoid further disputes.
Meanwhile, in a press conference on Thursday, Arindam Bagchi, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, stated that China is expected to work on resolving the unresolved issue along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh as soon as possible.
“It is our expectation that China will work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the line of actual control in eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols,” Bagchi had said at a media briefing.
This assertion made by China in the region is not unusual. More than 200 Chinese troops reportedly crossed into the Indian side of the LAC at Yangtse in 2016, but returned within a few hours.
In 2011, Chinese troops attempted and failed to scale a 250-metre-long wall on the Indian side of the LAC. This latest transgression, however, comes only a month after a similar intrusion in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti sector near the LAC, where Chinese troops were reportedly aggressively patrolling.
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