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India's tin shed at Chumar made PLA troops back off

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2013
First Published: 23:59 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:00 IST(10/5/2013)

The recent border stand-off between India and China saw Indian troops pitching a tin shed 5 km inside what China claim as their territory, in the Chumar sector. The move could be in retaliation to Chinese incursion in the Despang valley bulge on April 15.


Beijing called the move to put up the tin shed on April 18, a clear violation of the bilateral understanding between the two countries along the line of actual control. But sources said, India insisted on removing the structure only after the Chinese pulled out from Indian territory.

The underlying strategy was to contain the counter move within the western sector and Chumar was selected because there was a clear differing perception about each other's territory there.

A face-to-face situation seems to have been preferred than the possibility of encircling the Chinese tents. The encircling proved much difficult to deal with in the past in Arunanchal Pradesh which is in the more complex eastern sector.

There were also considerable  apprehensions that any move to encircle the Chinese tents in the Despang valley could have resulted in the Chinese doing something "adverse" in the eastern sector.

Going by the past, incidents of incursions in the east have always become more complex and "definitely more time-consuming to sort out", sources said.

The sources said once India was sure that the Despang valley incident was a localised affair, it was decided that the Indian response should be "measured and tactical", sources said.

And at every level of talks Chinese pointed that the tin shed is in their territory and it has to be removed. "The Indian position was the status quo ante should be restored," sources said.

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