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BEIJING\NEW DELHI, April 22, 2013 India-China border row
Troops still camped, but China denies LAC crossing
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But New Delhi says that land where PLA put up a tent belongs to India
China on Monday rejected reports in India that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops had set up a tented post on Indian territory in Ladakh, but reliable sources in Delhi stressed that the place where Chinese troops had been camping for a week was Burthe.
Trying to play down the incident, the Chinese said its frontier patrols had “never trespassed” the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In Delhi, the sources who identified the place as Burthe admitted that the Chinese were technically correct from their standpoint. But from New Delhi’s perspective, the land where the PLA found huts which Indian security forces abandoned and put up a tent was part of India.
“This is essentially a no man’s land,” explained the sources , refuting alarmist suggestions that the Chinese troops had occupied part of the runway at the nearby Daulat Beg Oldi advanced landing ground.
“The Chinese patrols do wander here from time to time,” they added.“And this time, they found the abandoned huts to the right of Siachen Glacier and near the Partappur army base and decided to stay put.”
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid more or less upheld this view and said both sides were holding flag meetings to address the issue.“We are still in touch, and flag meetings are going on. There is more information to come. We will factor all that [in] and then take a final view,” he told journalists outside Parliament House.
Furthermore, Mr. Khurshid did not want the incident to snowball, saying both sides were against any departure from proportionality.“I do not think we should allow this to get beyond the immediate area and we should retain at that level and not allow it to escape that level,” he said.