On a day Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off his three-day visit to the country, the Chinese army reportedly made a fresh incursion in Chumar area and refused to return even as a flag-meeting between the two sides is believed to have made no headway in breaking the deadlock.
Official sources told PTI that some of the Chinese troops had returned on Tuesday and it was generally expected that the others would also retreat to their side of the perceived LAC.
However, as many as 100 more soldiers of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) arrived from a hillock of Chumar area and strengthened its numbers to nearly 350, sources said.
Surprisingly, the move came barely few hours ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in India on a state visit.
India also rushed some more troops in the area and both sides were indulging in repeated banner drill, the sources said.
A Brigadier-level flag meeting, second within a week, was held in Chushul, where the issue of intrusion of Chinese troops in Chumar and civilian intrusion in the Demchok area was discussed, the sources said.
According to home ministry sources an intrusion was reported from the same area on Wednesday also but they are not reading into it much as such incidents happen along the LAC almost daily.