Chinese soldiers entered Uttarakhand's Barahoti on July 25

Audrey Hill
August 1, 2017

Lending a deaf ear to all the warnings by the Indian Army and government, around 11 to 12 Chinese soldiers transgressed into Uttarakhand's Barahoti district a week back, July 25.

Incidentally, the two countries exchanged the maps of the middle sector some years ago in an effort to resolve the disputed boundary.

In the second incident, Chinese troops also threatened shepherds and asked them to leave along with their animals from the area, sources said.

It is reported that there were about 200-300 Chinese soldiers. "By the time, ITBP personnel reached the area, the Chinese soldiers had left", said an officer in the security establishment. Playing down the incident, a government source in the Capital said: "Media is carrying reports about an intrusion in Barahoti". In July a year ago, two PLA soldiers had reportedly crossed into the same area.

Chinese state media has again urged and warned India to end the almost two-month long stand-off with Beijing in the Doklam region unconditionally to avoid being placed in a position of disadvantage.

One of the purposes of Doval's July 27-28 visit to China was to discuss with his Chinese counterpart a way to identify the step forward to break the logjam on the face-off at the Doka La near India-China-Bhutan tri-junction on the eastern front. "Bhutan", India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said.

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Apart from India, China has also always been embroiled in a contest with Japan over East China Sea islands, as well as with five other governments over competing claims to territory in the strategically vital South China Sea.

Global Times on Tuesday in an opinion piece said, "What's more India "arouses sympathy" because it is 'in a weaker position compared with China".

"All this while China has been building roads... various activities have been going on".

Barahoti was listed as a disputed area by India and China in 1958, and it was agreed that neither side would send troops. They "should not be given undue importance", they added.

Xi also said the PLA should strictly follow the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and "march to wherever the Party points to".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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