Assertive India behind frequent border stand-offs in Ladakh?

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    NEW DELHI: If instances of stand-offs between Indian and Chinese forces on the India-China border have increased in the past few months, it could be due to the newfound assertion on the Indian side.

    NEW DELHI: If instances of stand-offs between Indian and Chinese forces on the India-China border have increased in the past few months, it could be due to the newfound assertion on the Indian side. Government sources say the forces have been asked to be more proactive and assertive vis-a-vis China on the border, leading to daily patrolling along certain areas on the border and greater interception of Chinese soldiers when they move towards Indian side.

    Home ministry sources said forces used to earlier go to certain areas such as Dhemchok and Chumar-- where a stand-off is on at this moment --once a week or on alternate days. This has now become a daily affair. "Also People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers used to earlier venture deep into Indian territory before being sent back. They are now being intercepted right at the border," said an official.

    He said even the current military stand-off in Chumar is right on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while the shepherds from the two sides come into conflict a few hundred metres in the Indian side. Sources said Army has also recently built a hut at Tibley near the border in Chumar. There have been more than 400 transgressions by PLA this year already.

    "The new government is clear on letting go off too much restraint in dealing with China. All these developments have irritated PLA soldiers no end and in reply they are flexing their muscle in Chumar and Dhemchok where they are supporting the civilians on their side," said the official.

    Sources said PLA pushed civilians to protest against construction of a 'nala' near Nilu Nallah in Dhemchok after these advances from the Indian side. On the other hand, Indian forces held off PLA soldiers on LAC in in Chumar while they were constructing a road. "At Dhemchok there are around 30 Indian soldiers behind the civilian face-off while PLA has deputed 40 soldiers. At Chumar, there are 200 ITBP and Army soldiers in face-off with 100 PLA troopers," said the official.

    In April, 2013 a far severe stand-off arose following a construction by Army in Depsang Valley. The Army had to break it down for easing of tension that continued for over a fortnight.

    Sources said while efforts would be made to ease tension once again, it would be done on equal footing, as is the message from the government. "Another flag meeting is scheduled four days later in Chishul where we hope to find a breakthrough if we do not ease the tension earlier," said the offici

    Assertive India behind frequent border stand-offs in Ladakh? - The Times of India
     
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