India will take “every step” to protect its interests to resolve the situation arising out of deep incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Monday.

“We are taking every action to protect our interest... We will take every step to protect our interest,” he told reporters outside Parliament House.

He was asked the government’s response to the Chinese incursion some 10 to 12 km deep into Indian territory.

Government sources have already said that India and China are in touch to resolve the issue of Chinese incursion into Indian territory in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and erecting a tented post.

According to government sources, the issue was raised by India after the incident came to light some time ago.

A Platoon-strength contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, according to highly placed sources which said a Chinese Army Platoon usually consists of around 50 men.

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