No Chinese incursions in India, govt clarifies
S Vishnu Sharmaa, INN/Chennai, @infodeaofficial
There have been no Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh, say sources from central government. The clarification has come amidst a situation where reports are said to have appeared in media claiming that Chinese troops have made incursions into India.
The area is referred to in the media report on some electronic channels is the area of Fish Tail. There is a differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Control, as in many other areas.
The terrain is thickly vegetated and all movements are undertaken on foot along Nalas and streams. During monsoons whenever the Nalas is in spates, temporary bridges are constructed by the patrols for their movement, say sources.
Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent here during summer months.
It is reiterated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by our troops.
India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in our border areas. The two sides agree that maintenance of peace and tranquility in all areas of India-China border areas as a prerequisite to the smooth development of overall bilateral relations.
Both countries have also agreed to work towards a fair reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles, say sources.