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Chinese incursion row: Ind confident of peaceful end

HT Correspondent   New Delhi , April 20, 2013
First Published: 23:38 IST(20/4/2013) | Last Updated: 16:15 IST(21/4/2013)

The Indian government is confident of peacefully resolving the situation arising out of a 10km incursion by Chinese troops in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector of eastern Ladakh in J&K where the neighbouring country's troops have erected a tented post.

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Both sides are in touch through the working mechanism for consultation and coordination on border affairs, said union government sources, while J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, too, stressed there was nothing to worry about as such.

A platoon-strength contingent (around 50 men) 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.

"This is an area where there have been differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control. Such incidents do occur and are resolved peacefully on the basis of bilateral agreements which exist and mechanisms provided for in these agreements," officials told HT.

The working mechanism is headed by the joint secretary (east Asia) in the Indian ministry of external affairs and the director general (border affairs) of the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs.

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