Wave of Chinese 'Incursions' in Chamoli Area of Uttarakhand Since July 24

Wave of Chinese 'Incursions' in Chamoli Area of Uttarakhand Since July 24

Wave of Chinese 'Incursions' in Chamoli Area of Uttarakhand Since July 24

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".

About 15-20 Chinese troops entered 1 km into Uttarakhand's Barahoti sector this month, officials said on Monday.

There was hope of a breakthrough in the border row last week ahead of Doval's meeting with Xi on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Beijing.

Earlier, on July 25, in a fresh case of transgression, the People's Liberation Army from China crossed into Uttarakhand's Barahoti in Chamoli district and came upto 200 metres on the other side of the border.

In the second incident, Chinese troops also threatened shepherds and asked them to leave along with their animals from the area, sources said. "Incidents of similar nature have happened in the past but are normally sorted out locally and should not be given undue importance".

The western media reports depicts India as "mild which called for a troop withdrawal and bilateral negotiations" and portrays China as "aggressive", the article says.

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Air transgressions have also been reported from the area. ITBP officials said that Indian and Chinese perceptions of the LAC differ, which leads to frequent incursions in the area. Incidentally, the Chinese had intruded into this area past year too in July and carried out an aerial sortie by helicopter.

"We absolutely will not permit any person, any organisation, any political party at any time, in any form to separate any piece of Chinese territory from China", Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a almost one-hour speech in Beijing.

There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments.

It quoted Macau-based Antony Wong Dong as saying: "India is strategically located at the heart of China's energy lifeline and the Belt and Road Initiative, and offending India will only push it into the rival camp, which [Beijing believes] is scheming to contain China by blocking the Malacca Strait and the Indian Ocean".

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

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