Saturday, 20 January, 2018

India gears up for more 'shallow' Chinese incursions

Bipin Rawat Army Chief General, Doklam standoff, Ministry of External Affairs, ladakh Pangong Tso lake Raveesh Kumar Chinese boat patrols, People Liberation Army India gears up for more 'shallow' Chinese incursions
Melinda Barton | 20 August, 2017, 05:41

Fresh visuals have emerged showing evidence of a major altercation between Indian and Chinese forces at Ladakh. The video shows heavy number of troops from both sides engaged in scuffle and stone-pelting in white background of what seems like Ladakh region. The soldiers on the north appear to be from the People's Liberation Army and the ones on the bottom in khakhi attire are Indian soldiers.

India yesterday said it would continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff, asserting that peace and tranquility on the border was an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hu Chunying said, "I am not aware of the information". "The video is yet to be verified", said an official source.

The Chinese tried to enter Indian territory at the Finger-4 and Finger-5 areas early on Tuesday morning. Beijing claims it to be Chinese territory.

This assessment comes even as the two forces held a border personnel meeting (BPM) in the Chushul area near Leh in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after Indian and Chinese soldiers pelted stones at each other near Pangong Lake.

Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, Reuters quoting sources in New Delhi said.

The situation along the banks of the lake has always remained volatile with Chinese troops being intercepted by Indian Army patrol several times after the three-week long stand-off in the Depsang plains of Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) in May 2013.

The Indian Army has neither accepted nor denied the video.

General Rawat will be briefed by senior commanders to discuss strategy to control future incursions from the Chinese side and take stock of the ground situation of Eastern Ladakh.