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Updated: May 2, 2013 01:01 IST

Army Chief briefs Cabinet committee on incursion

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File photo of Army Chief Bikram Singh. The Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday discussed the issue of Chinese forces setting up tent in Indian territory.
The Hindu File photo of Army Chief Bikram Singh. The Cabinet Committee on Security on Wednesday discussed the issue of Chinese forces setting up tent in Indian territory.

Army Chief General Bikram Singh briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday on the Chinese incursion in Eastern Ladakh.

“The CCS met and the Army Chief briefed us on the Ladakh situation,’’ Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who is also a member of the CCS, told journalists.

About 30 to 40 Chinese troops from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intruded into Indian territory in Eastern Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector and established camps on April 15. According to the Indian perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which remains disputed and un-demarcated, the Chinese incursion is nearly 19 km deep inside Indian territory.

Flag meeting unsuccessful

After three unsuccessful flag meetings between local commanders of the two sides and India making efforts through diplomatic channels, China has not yet retreated from the DBO sector in Depsang plains. Indications are that the troops will stay put for many more days or even augment their strength gradually.

The Army Chief is learnt to have given a detailed situation report and the options before the government, during the nearly hour-long briefing. Defence Minister A.K. Antony, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are the other members of the CCS, which is chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Chinese side has been demanding the dismantling of infrastructure that have come up on the Indian side in Eastern Ladakh — in Fukche and Chumar as well as the DBO sector.

At the third flag meeting on Tuesday at Chushul, between Brigadier-level officers from the two sides, India insisted that the Chinese troops should withdraw completely from Indian territory.

May Day celebrated

Despite the border tensions and the two-week-old stand-off, Indian soldiers on Wednesday crossed over and celebrated May Day with their Chinese counterparts.

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The Indian army should not negotiate to unscrupulous demands of the
PLA. The PLA is already in violation of traversing 19km into Indian
Territory. This type of demand is kidnapping/hostage style and is
terrorism. The Indian army must be not hesitant to take action as is
necessary to uphold and maintain discipline at the borders. The Indian
army has fought many successful wars and deployed many soldiers
throughout the world etc. I am confident the PLA is just another one
of those nose parker's that is annihilable by the Indian army. Having
a bargain is unreasonable at this point and it is not the PLA place to
make demands of this nature or any demands at all. This is not a
trading process, this is a war tactic and must be responded by counter
intelligence and physical manpower. If a war has to transpire then let
it be.

from:  Davanand Singh
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 20:06 IST

'It is a localised event' so said the govt.
are we to believe that the Chinese local commander on his own decided
to pitch tent on the Indian side and is not heeding Beijing? that is
preposterous!
It is a well planned and thought out maneuver on the part of Beijing
and our govt is trying to down play and gloss over the same. In fact,
if they actually believe what they themselves say then god help
India.

from:  vivek ganguly
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 15:46 IST

Initially news report stated that Chines came inside by 10 Kms, later
it became 15 Kms, now it stands at 19 Kms and not sure if this figure
is final. There is a strong suspicion that the Government is covering
up something. Our foreign policy has been a monumental failure ever
since UPA came to power in 2004. All the neighbors are hostile towards
us, Nepal, Bangladesh & Myanmar are already taking an anti-India
stand, no need to think about Pak, China, We were unable to handle
Maldives, even Sri Lanka off late needling India by siding with china.
I wonder what the NSA, Foreign/Defense Secretary and other think tanks at the helm of affairs are doing, I think its time for a total cleanup the mess at defense/foreign affairs and we need some fresh/new minds.

from:  HK Rao
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 10:54 IST

Chinese incursion has been going on from long time, but Indian
Politician haven't learned anything from the past. The line of
actual control is not yet defined but it doesn't mean to incurs in
Indian Territory. I am not angry of Chinese incursion, i am angry of
lack of will power of politician. It is like History repeats in
itself,In 1190 prithviraj Chohan did the same thing with Mohammad
Ghori. I admire the courage of Chinese, they have a unity when it
comes to National issue, they have guts to threat India whether it
is legal exploration in south china sea or it is about Arunachal
Pradesh. Our Prime Minister state that incursion in Ladakh is local
issue, as I concern attack on any territory of India is considered
as wagging war against whole nation. But we Indians are so greedy
about our selfishness, we haven't yet realize a value of Freedom and
Independence. If I can understand the policy of china then why our
politician are not taking strict action against china.

from:  Prashant
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 23:31 IST

Indian response is a clear sign of timidity. Is this government waiting
for the Chinese to come till Delhi? Diplomacy has to be combined with
military response, otherwise diplomacy in isolation doesn't make any
sense.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 23:27 IST

First the government hides the fact that Chinese intruded 19 kms inside
Indian land, then they call it a localized problem. Was Kargil also not
a local issue limited to a few mountains, why did we have to fight a
war, every land occupation starts locally somewhere. The question is not
whether it is local or not, question is whether they have intruded into
our lands. Such a simple clarification but government seems more busy
with CBI coverups.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 21:30 IST

The HINDU Daily might have to ENLIGHTEN the inquisitive public at large a FACTUAL account of the present INDO CHINA BORDER DISPUTE&even invite inputs from informed indian intellects,strategists&military experts to a possible future outcome&closure to this festering feud.It is but natural for us INDIANS every where to be BIASED more so with 50yrs of Chinese mauling of indian army for similar situation.We are all "ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY".

from:  bala srinivasan
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 20:10 IST

i think situation is getting serious now, and i am failing to see any solid reactions from the either the governments or the media. I am not sure if we are following a propaganda of everything is fine or we are lacking capability to counter the threat.
i hope India don't end up in a humiliation without even firing a single shot at intruders.

from:  hardeep
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 19:18 IST

Chinese even if the intrude as far as Himachal will still insists that
it has not intruded into Indian territory, cause they consider all
area around them as their territory. Unless India takes a historical
tougher stand on this this issue will spread across the border with
China.
Do you best to handle this or escalate this to the UN as the last attempt and check if you can stop the Chinese presence in the Srilankan state that plays drama with India while helping the Chinese to position on the South.

from:  PSMAYO
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 19:12 IST

Out defense minister says "situation in Ladhakh is not our creation". what should we interpret from this? Is not this failure of out India army and Indian government? Is Indian government waiting for China to hand it over peacefully? Seeing the past history of china, this is definitely not going to happen. India must take some stern action as soon as possible before it gets too late.

from:  Anil Kumar Verma
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 17:54 IST

Now it seems like the Chinese action is in response to the construction
that have recently come up from Indian side, particularly in Fukche and
Chumar. We need to have a look at the situation from neutral
perspective. When already there is disagreement on the borders lines
any such action could be viewed as provocation.

from:  john
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 17:43 IST

China has penetrated deep inside the country and even strengthened its position after the PM gave a clean chit to it. In an editorial that appeared a few days ago, your paper also advocated restraint. Restraint did not get the country anywhere. Did it?

from:  Sekher
Posted on: May 1, 2013 at 16:35 IST
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