There has been no let up in China’s needling of India all along the unresolved 4,057-km Line of Actual Control(LAC), with its troops continuing to regularly “transgress” into Indian territory.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops have also stepped up their aggressive patrolling in eastern Ladakh in recent months. There was some kind of a face-off between PLA troops and Indian soldiers in the Chumar area of the Nyoma sector on July 29 when a large Chinese patrol crossed over into what is perceived to be Indian territory.
“Our patrol, which was also in the area, did a ‘banner drill’ (waved banners at the Chinese troops to show it was Indian territory)…the two sides subsequently disengaged without any confrontation,” said sources in the Army.
While there has been no major border confrontation or an actual skirmish between the two armies, India has recorded as many as 550 “transgressions” by Chinese troops across the LAC in all the three sectors — western (Ladakh), middle ( Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh) and eastern ( Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh) -just since January 2010, as reported by TOI earlier.
India hopes the new bilateral boundary coordination mechanism, which became operational earlier this year after being inked during the 15th round of border between national security advisor Shivshankar Menon and his Chinese counterpart Dai Bingguo, will help prevent border flare-ups between the two armies.
India also takes up “specific incidents” of transgressions by PLA through hotlines, flag meetings, border personnel meeting (BPM) and normal diplomatic channels. During the fourth India-China annual defence dialogue last December, New Delhi also told Beijing that military patrols along the LAC should not be undertaken at night, nor should they “surprise each other”. Moreover, laid-down stand-operating procedures to cool down tempers should be followed in the event of face-offs between the two armies.