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Both nations in touch to resolve issue

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 21, 2013
First Published: 01:24 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:26 IST(21/4/2013)

India and China are in touch with each other to resolve the situation arising out of incursion by Chinese troops in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh through the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.

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A platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources. They also said that a Chinese army platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

"This is an area where there have been differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Incidents do occur and are resolved peacefully on the basis of bilateral agreements which exist and mechanisms provided for in these agreements," government sources said.

"We are confident that the current incident too will also be peacefully resolved on this basis," they added. Both sides are already in touch on the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border Affairs.

The working mechanism is headed by the joint secretary (East Asia) in the ministry of external affairs and the director general, border affairs, China's ministry of foreign affairs.

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