Indians made more forays into 'Chinese areas'
The frequency of Indian patrols into what Beijing considers its territory in the Ladakh sector is higher than Chinese incursions reported in this sensitive sector, a top army official said.
More than 150 Chinese incursions have been reported this year so far, but Beijing has been silent on the count of Indian outings inside the perceived territory.
"The corresponding Indian figure will be far higher. We are more heavily deployed there than the Chinese," said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Indian troops patrol up to India's perception of the line of actual control (LAC) just the way the Chinese PLA marches till what Beijing considers its border with India.
The region between the two perceived borders is claimed by both countries. And it is here that the face-offs take place, or "unpleasant incidents" as defence minister AK Antony described them last week.
The official said, "It's not as if we have left the goal post vacant for them to score. We are executing our mandate effectively."
He said the face-offs were inevitable till the border issue was resolved. On average, Chinese troops cross the LAC more than 200 times every year.
Chinese troops had taken up positions and pitched five tents — 19km into Indian territory — in April, triggering a diplomatic crisis. The April 15 incursion, which highlighted the strains in the military ties between the two countries, appears to have injected new assertiveness in India's stance along the disputed border.
The army is hoping that the government's approval to the new strike corps — the army's fourth but first in the northeast — is likely to lend new fervour to some military acquisitions.