New Delhi, April 8: The Chinese military has raised objections against Indian Army’s transgressions into the strategically sensitive Asaphila area along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. But Indian Army dismissed it saying that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and it has regularly been carrying out patrols there.

The issue was raised during order Personnel Meeting’ (BPM) held on March 15. According to sources, the Chinese military has called Indian Army patrolling as transgressions. Under the BPM mechanism, both sides can register their protest over any incident of transgressions as there are varying perceptions about the LAC between the two countries.

The delegation of China’s Peoples Liberation Army specifically mentioned that extensive patrolling was seen in Asaphila by the Indian troops and warned that such “violations” may escalate tensions between the two sides in the area. However, rejecting the Chinese protest, the Indian side said its troops were aware of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Army would continue to carry out patrols up to the LAC, the de facto border between the two countries.

Sources said the Chinese military specifically mentioned large-scale Indian patrolling in Asaphila near Fishtail 1 on December 21, 22 and 23 last. Indian and Chinese troops hold BPMs to resolve issues triggering tensions along the border.

Doklam Standoff
Last year, troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped construction of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off had ended on August 28.

The trouble started when India sent troops to stop China building a road in the Doklam area, which is remote, uninhabited territory claimed by both China and Bhutan. India said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity was posing a threat to the security of its own northeast region.

The sources said the Indian Army has increased war-fighting drills to deal with all possible scenarios along the LAC following the Doklam standoff.

(With agency inputs)