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Chinese incursions won't be dealt with through diplomatic routes: MEA

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Aug 21, 2013 at 06:33pm IST

New Delhi: Amidst reports of fresh incursions Chinese troops into the Indian territory in the Chagalgam area of Arunachal Pradesh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the matter will not be taken up via diplomatic channels."We do not take up non events in diplomatic practice. What has happened or not is for border sentinals to decide.There has been a rebuttal from armed forces," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

The Army Headquarers, however, played down the incident saying that the Chinese troops have gone back to their areas. They added that such incidents keep taking place as both sides enter areas claimed by the other side while patrolling the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Sources said that in the last eight months, there have been over 150 incursions by the Chinese side and that Indian troops also enter areas claimed by them during patrolling. It is said that the transgressions in the past have taken place due to lack of proper boundary demarcation in the area.

Troops of the People's Liberation Army are believed to have come 20 kms inside the Indian territory in the Chagalgam area in Arunachal Pradesh, face to face with Indian soldiers on the August 13. The two sides are now back to their original positions.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police guards this area of the Line of Actual Control. In April 2013 Chinese troops had entered 19 kms deep inside Indian territory and pitched their tents in Depsang area in Ladakh. That standoff continued for three weeks before Chinese troops went back to their original positions.

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