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PLA troops cross LAC as Modi, Xi meet in Brazil

Shishir Gupta , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 16, 2014
First Published: 00:24 IST(16/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(16/7/2014)

As the world watched Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting in Brazil, two vehicles carrying PLA troopers transgressed across the LAC in Demchok sector of Ladakh early Tuesday morning engaging in a face-off with the Indian Army.

The face-off ended after both sides indulged in banner drills reminding the other about transgression into each other's territory.

South block officials said the face-off occurred at Charding Nilu Nullah Junction or CNNJ in Demchok sector when two vehicles were noticed crossing the LAC at 5:10 am. The vehicles were intercepted by the Indian Army troopers and both parties were face-to-face for the next 20 minutes. Demchok sector has seen a series of transgressions from the Chinese side since 2008 with Beijing claiming that India was in adverse possession of some 150 sq km of Chinese land.

Last Saturday, PLA troopers on 11 horses were spotted crossing the LAC at point 30 R in the nearby Chumar sector at 11:50 am. An Indian patrol comprising of 11 Indian Army troopers and nine ITBP personnel rushed to check the transgression. A face-off between the two armies lasted 10 minutes and the PLA troopers went back to their base after the banner drill.

As China claims some 80 sq km of its territory being under adverse possession of India in Chumar sector, PLA troopers transgressed in the vicinity of patrol point 62 on July 11, resulting in a face-off again with Indian troops. "If China is committed to maintain peace on Ladakh borders, time has come for Beijing to agree to exchange maps of its positions with India and on that basis clarify the LAC.

"Last time that Chinese refused to exchange maps of the western sector with India was on July 17, 2002," said a senior south block official.


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