India and China are in touch to resolve the issue of reported incursion by Chinese troops who entered the Indian territory in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh and set up a tented post. Government sources said on Saturday that the issue was raised by New Delhi after the incident came to light some time ago.

Sources in the MEA admitted to problems in this area because the boundary with China is not sharply defined. As a result, both sides have differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control, leading to these type of incidents. In all previous cases over the past two decades, these issues had been resolved peacefully through mechanisms in confidence-building agreements.

Both sides are in touch on operationalising the recently set up Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs. It is headed by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the MEA and the Director-General, Border Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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