India, China Face-off in Ladakh

Published: 13th September 2015 04:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2015 04:46 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Saturday morning were involved in a virtual face-off in Burtse, in Deebang valley of Northern Ladakh.

Though officially the Indian Army is not calling it a face-off, sources said the Army and the patrolling Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) objected to a watch tower built by the eople’s Liberation Army close to the patrolling line of the Line of Actual Control.

According to sources, after Indian forces raised their itch to protest against the Chinese structure, nearly 100 eople’s Liberation Army troops came close to the patrolling line.

In response to the Chinese aggression, the Indian Army also sent reinforcement to the area to counter the PLA move.

But sources claim that the tension between the two armies has now been defused.

This area was in the news in April 2013 when a 21-day standoff ended after four flag meetings between the two sides. Then the PLA had erected five tents in the area and claimed that it was a part of their territory.

Exactly a year ago in September 2014, nearly 900-1000 soldiers of the PLA had intruded into the Indian side in Chumar area of Ladakh when Chinese President Xi Jinping was on a three-day visit to India.

Similar incursion took place in  April 2013 in Daulat Beg Oldie in Ladakh, days before Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang’s official visit here.

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