ITBP: Chinese Incursion ‘Uncommon’

Published: 23rd October 2014 06:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2014 06:07 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Indo-Tibetan Border Police DG, Subhas Goswami on Wednesday said the fortnight-long India-China face off at Chumur in Ladakh last month was unusual and uncommon.

The incursion at two places happened during Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit to India.  “It was uncommon as normally such incidents do not last for more than 10-15 minutes after the banner drill, as per established procedure. When they come, we show them a banner telling them that the territory belongs to India and ask them to go back. They normally do. But this time the incident lasted much longer,” Goswami added.

He said most of the transgression is due to perception of boundary since there is no clear demarcation. Goswami said the ITBP is giving Mandarin lessons to its jawans to effectively communicate with the China’s People’s Liberation Army in case of face off at the borders in the future. An ITBP officer said the language training is going on for the past seven-eight years “This year 12 jawans are learning Mandarin,” he said.

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