New Delhi: Saying that it always operates on its side of the Line of Actual Control, China has dismissed media reports that its army transgressed as many as three times into the Indian territory in August. Responding to reports on its alleged transgressions, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said, “Chinese border troops always operate on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in compliance with the relevant agreements reached between the two countries. What I have learnt is that the Chinese side was carrying out a routine patrol on the Chinese territory.” (Also read: India Qualifies to be NSG Member, China Can’t Limit Our Cooperation: US)
According to a Zee report, Shuang also said, “China and India also have well-established communication and meeting mechanism for border-related affairs. What’s happened in the border areas could be dealt with through this mechanism. Resorting to the media to heat things up will not help control disputes.”
Earlier this month, there had been media reports that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) transgressed into the Indian territory in Uttarakhand three times in August itself. As per ANI, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) transgressed the LAC and crossed over as deep as four kilometres into the Indian Territory in the Chamoli district.
LAC is a 4,057-km porous border between India and China which is divided into three sectors; the Northern, Middle and Eastern sectors starting from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh. The issue of the borders remains disputed as the Chinese perception differs from that of India. The report quotes official figures to say that the number of transgressions by the Chinese Army rose to 426 in 2017 from the 273 in 2016. (Also read: India, China Set to Establish Hotline Between Defence Ministries)
The latest reports of transgression come a year after the 73-day standoff in Doklam. The face-off had started on June 16 and ended on August 28 last year when the Chinese stopped building a road in the disputed trijunction of the Doklam shared among India, China and Bhutan.