China protests Indian army “transgression” in Arunachal, India denies claim

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Indian army and Chinese troops hold BPMs to resolve issues triggering tensions

Kibithu/New Delhi:MNN:The incident of discord, China’s protest, Indian Army’s transgressions into the strategically sensitive Asaphila area along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.

But the Indian side roundly dismissed the complaint, official sources said.

“China’s protest to our patrolling in Asaphila is surprising,” said a source.

Adding that there were several instances of Chinese intrusions in the area which had been seriously taken up by the Indian army .

They said the Chinese side raised the issue at a Border Personnel Meeting on March 15 here but the Indian Army rejected it.

The Indian Army saying that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India.

The Indian Army has said that it will continue to patrol up to the Line of Actual Control,

As the Chinese side called India’s patrolling in the area a “transgression”.

The issue was raised at a ‘Border Personnel Meeting’ on March 15 in Kibithu,

during which the Indian Army said that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India.

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“China’s protest to our patrolling in Asaphila is surprising,” said a source.

Adding there were several instances of Chinese intrusions in the area which had been seriously taken up by the Indian side in the past.

Under the BPM mechanism, both sides can register their protest over any incident of transgressions as there are varying perceptions about the LAC between the two countries.

The delegation of China’s Peoples Liberation Army specifically mentioned extensive patrolling in Asaphila,

by Indian troops, saying such “violations” may escalate tensions between the two sides.

Rejecting the Chinese protest, the Indian side said its troops were aware of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control.

The Army would continue to carry out patrols up to the LAC, the de facto border between the two countries.

Sources said the Chinese military specifically mentioned large-scale Indian patrolling in Asaphila near Fishtail 1 on December 21, 22 and 23 last.

Indian and Chinese troops hold BPMs to resolve issues triggering tensions along the border.

There are five BPM points along the Line of Actual Control at Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh,

Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh, and Nathu La in Sikkim.

The BPM on March 15 had taken place at the Daimai post on the Chinese side in the Kibithu area

At the BPM, the Chinese also accused the Indian side of damaging its road building equipment,

when a road laying party left its gear in Tuting in December last year following a protest by India.

The Indian Army rejected the allegation, the sources said.

The Chinese road building team had crossed into Indian territory,

About one kilometre inside the Line of Actual Control in the Tuting area, in the last week of December.

There are five BPM points along the Line of Actual Control at Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh, Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh, and Nathu La in Sikkim.

The BPM on March 15 had taken place at the Daimai post on the Chinese side in the Kibithu area.

At the meeting, the Chinese also accused the Indian side of damaging its road building equipment,

when a road laying party left its gear in Tuting in December last year.

This allegation was also rejected by the Indian Army, the sources said

The Indian Army has increased war-fighting drills to deal,

with all possible scenarios along the LAC following the Doklam standoff, the Agency report said.

“We are fully prepared to deal with any situation,” said a senior Army official.

In January, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said the time had come for the country to shift its focus to the frontier with China,

reflecting the seriousness of the situation.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road.

The face-off ended on August 28.

Sources said India has deployed more troops and increased patrolling in the mountainous terrains with China following the Doklam face-off.

India is also strengthening its surveillance mechanism to keep an eye on Chinese activity in sensitive Tibetan region.

The government has been focusing on strengthening its defences along the border with China.

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