Chumar tent torn down over China deadlock

  • Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 08, 2013 01:08 IST

India had removed the tin shed from Chumar sector - put after the Chinese incursion - after the neighbouring country stepped back from Despang valley bulge on May 5, confirmed sources.  Now, New Delhi is looking at a recent proposal by Beijing on border management.

However, why the Chinese army made an incursion ahead of their prime minister's visit to India remains a "mystery" and more analysis will be in order to assess the approach of the new Chinese leadership towards India, sources said. 

Following the stand-off, sources said, India is looking at the recent Chinese proposal for a new border cooperation pact. The proposal - formally conveyed to India at the defence secretary level in March - is aimed at increasing the communication between the forces to bring down the tension, caused mostly by aggressive patrolling on both sides.

On May 5, after a series of negotiations at various levels, the Chinese troops had dismantled the tents. India removed the tin shed, 8 km inside of the border patrol point, after that. The tin shed-a tin roof to a shelter-was put up on April 15 and both sides confirmed their actions at the flag meeting next day.

But sources said they could easily conclude it was a localised stand off this time, which first came to the notice on April 15.

The patrolling party noticed scattered tents. But reconnaissance found nothing to suggest that it was a military build-up. Sources said the initial response from China about the incursion was not very encouraging, which led India to scale up the level of engagement with Beijing. New Delhi wanted the status quo on the line of actual control (LAC) to be restored to pre-April 15 position and all other issues, the Chinese wanted to raise, could be looked into subsequently.


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