Chinese Army transgressed 1 km into Uttarakhand's Barahoti days ahead of Ajit Doval's Beijing visit

Three days before National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing, soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) transgressed into Indian territory in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti on 25 July, reported ANI.

According to ANI, the Chinese soldiers entered 800 meters into the Indian territory in Barahoti of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district around 9 am. Times Now reported that 10-12 Chinese soldiers were involved in the incident.

Barahoti is the same place where in July last year, two PLA soldiers had entered 200 metres into the Indian territory, wrote Times of India, adding that the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said that the border has not been demarcated there and the two sides differ on perception about it.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Uttarakhand shares a 350-kilometre long border with China and similar attempts at Chinese incursions have been reported in the past as well, the Indian Express reported.

India and China have been involved in a military standoff at Sikkim's Doka La sector for over a month now. China has accused India of trespassing into its territory at Doka La and stopping the construction of a road. India and Bhutan, on the other hand, say that the road lies in the latter’s territory.

There was hope of a breakthrough in the border row last week ahead of Doval's meeting with Xi on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Beijing. However, no solution could emerge in the meeting.

The Sikkim border row is the longest standoff between the two armies since 1962.

The last one, which carried on for 21 days, occurred at Daulat Beg Oldie in the Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013 when Chinese troops entered 30 kilometres into Indian territory till the Depsang Plains and claimed it to be a part of its Xinjiang province. They were, however, pushed back.

Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 08:55 AM

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