New Delhi, Aug 14: China has reportedly intruded 400 meters inside Ladakh along the 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The development comes approximately an year after the Doklam standoff. In a similar incident, earlier in June, there were reports that China has installed an unmanned automatic weather observation station near its border with India in Tibet to support its Army in the event of a live fire conflict with New Delhi. Also Read - Kiwis Depart For England For WTC Final vs India, Tests vs Hosts
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has reportedly set up five tents inside the Demchok sector of eastern Ladakh. However, on Monday the security establishment sources claimed that three tents have been removed by PLA from Cherdong-Nerlong Nallan area. However, the remaining two are still said to be there in the region. Also Read - Bhuvneshwar Kumar Rubbishes Reports About Not Willing To Play Tests
Notably, Demchok is one among the 23 ‘disputed and sensitive areas’ identified on the LAC. The other disputed areas in Ladakh are – Trig Heights, Dumchele, Chumar, Spanggur Gap and Pangong Tso. Also Read - Fans Blast Australia Skipper Tim Paine For India ‘Sideshow’ Comments
As per reports, over 170 transgressions have been recorded by the Chinese Army this year. In 2016, the number was 273. Last year itself, a total of 426 such incidents were reported.
In July, Minister of State for External Affairs Ministry VK Singh had said that there have been no new developments at the site of the face-off with China in Doklam and its vicinity, and status quo prevails in the area. He was replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on whether China has constructed new roads in the southern part of the Doklam Plateau.
Last year, in August, India and China decided to end their 73-day standoff between their troops at Doklam. The standoff had strained ties considerably between the two countries.