Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tensions rise between India, China: PLA enters India, jostles with Indian Army

Tensions rise between India, China: PLA enters India, jostles with Indian Army

In another transgression, Chinese troops entered India in the Sikkim sector and jostled with Indian Army personnel guarding the Sino-India frontier, besides destroying two bunkers.

Recently, the road construction in Donglang "was blocked by the Indian Army line", said the PLA statement, which came in the backdrop of more than 50 Indian pilgrims being stopped from getting into China through the Nathula Pass in Sikkim for their pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.

The face-off has lasted 10 days, said the news agency, adding that "the Indian troops had to struggle hard to stop the Chinese personnel from advancing further into Indian territory".

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According to information, Chinese troops entered the Indian side of the border in Lalten in the Doka La region at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction and also destroyed two Army bunkers.

The China's defence ministry confirmed the incident, saying "Indian troops crossed the border with China in an attempt to prevent a road construction by the Chinese side". Finally, the Chinese side agreed to a meeting on June 20. "In this context, the Indian military unilaterally provoke trouble, in violation of the agreement between the two sides and the leaders of the two countries consensus, seriously endangering peace and tranquillity in the border areas", it said.

Chinas building of the road was completely an act of sovereignty on its own territory, India has no right to interfere, it said.

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After the India-China war of 1962, the area has been under the Indian Army and the ITBP, which is the border guarding force and has a camp 15km from the worldwide border. However, experts said that China may just be trying to arm-twist India.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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