Omar Confirms Chinese Incursions29 September 2011
Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday acknowledged the growing Chinese incursions into the Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh area. Omar told a Delhi-based news channel that his government has been regularly informing the Centre about border violations by the Chinese troops. “China is a growing power. They have been flexing their muscles. They have done that with the US navy. They will continue doing that. I think it is important that the government of India is apprised of the matter. However, as long as it doesn’t affect our day-to-day life, it shouldn’t be a problem,” Omar said. The chief minister however said that there was exaggeration of the issue quite often as “we have to understand that border isn’t demarcated well”. “That having been said, we have been apprising the government of India regularly (about the cases of incursion),” he said. ‘50 INCURSIONS IN 3 MONTHS’ Meanwhile, according to reports, a secret note to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) reveals that there has been a sharp rise in the cases of Chinese incursion into the Indian territory even as New Delhi continues to deny the fact. The secret report says that there were as many as 50 incursions by the Chinese troops in the last three months. In some instances, Chinese troops even intruded as much as 7 km inside the Indian territory. According to the report, on September 16, 2011, there was a face-off at the Demchok post when the Chinese came close to Indian patrol. The Indians disengaged and performed a banner drill, but the Chinese did not withdraw. Earlier, on September 2, there was another face-off at the Thakung post on the Sino-Indian boundary in the western sector (Jammu and Kashmir). On August 22, four Chinese boats carrying PLA personnel entered 5.5 km deep into the Indian territory in the Pangong Tso area. On August 19, an Indian patrol, code named Veer, had a face-off with the PLA in Pangong Tso area. On August 16, another intrusion happened as 48 PLA personnel intruded 7 km into the Indian territory. On August 15, as India was celebrating its Independence Day, around 44 PLA soldiers set up tents and shelters 3 km inside the Indian territory in Asaphila area of Arunachal Pradesh. These are only a few of the incidents reported along the border, but the Indian government has been busy in the hush-up action.