Amid Doklam stand-off, Chinese soldiers transgressed into Barahoti 6 days ago

Amid Doklam stand-off, Chinese soldiers transgressed into Barahoti 6 days ago

Amid Doklam stand-off, Chinese soldiers transgressed into Barahoti 6 days ago

The latest incident of transgression comes at a time when the Sikkim sector of the LAC is witnessing a face-off between troops from India and China.

PTI reported that People's Liberation Army soldiers threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the area and asked them to vacate the land. Incidentally, the Chinese had intruded into this area a year ago too in July and carried out an aerial sortie by helicopter.

Barahoti, about 140 km from Uttarakhand's capital Dehradun, is a "demilitarised zone" where Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to take their weapons. The incursion took place amid the standoff between the two countries' armies in the tri-junction area at Doklam, Sikkim. PLA soldiers reportedly entered about five kilometres inside Indian territory and went back after a few hours. It is also one of three border posts in what is known the "middle sector", comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Lending a deaf ear to all the warnings by the Indian Army and government, around 11 to 12 Chinese soldiers transgressed into Uttarakhand's Barahoti district a week back, July 25. China's state-run Xinhua news agency also reported that Yang met separately with Doval and his other counterparts from South Africa and Brazil.

China has said Indian troops should "unconditionally" withdraw to the Indian side before talks can start on the dispute.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's departure from Beijing, after a crucial meeting with China's state councilor Yang Jiechi, has triggered an energetic debate on finding a formula for defusing the crisis in the remote Doklam plateau, where Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a lengthy stand-off. The Chinese troops left after the Indian side protested. In the 1962 war, the PLA did not enter the middle sector and focused on the western (Ladakh) and eastern (Arunachal Pradesh) sectors.

Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Apart from India, China has also always been embroiled in a contest with Japan over East China Sea islands, as well as with five other governments over competing claims to territory in the strategically vital South China Sea.

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