India and China are once again engaged in a major face- off
The Indian and Chinese soldiers are once again engaged in a major face- off in Ladakh. After the Chinese troops, yesterday suddenly stopped work on the construction of an irrigation canal being built under the MNREGA scheme.
About the incident
The event took place yesterday in the Demchok sector, Leh, where an irrigation project is underway to link a village with a hot spring.
Demchok located on the southeastern tip of Ladakh was also the spot of a major incursion by China two years ago, which resulted in tensions between the two neighbouring countries.
According to reports, around 55 Chinese soldiers arrived at the scene along the Line of Actual Control or de facto border, yesterday and stopped the work in a highly aggressive manner. 70 Indian soldiers fortified the area and prevented their march deeper into the Indian Territory, sources revealed.
“There are routine objections and clarifications which either party seeks whenever there is any construction related activity. The issue is being resolved through an established mechanism,” said army sources.
This rise in tension comes a day before the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is scheduled to meet Senior Chinese officials.
What all steps have been taken by the PM?
The Chinese army demanded to stop the work because according to them they need to take permission before undertaking any construction project, however, claim disputed by India which says that information about projects needs to be shared only if it is meant for defence purposes.
After taking office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved ahead boldly to counter China. A total of 72 strategic roads is being built along the border to narrow the gap with China’s vastly superior and intricate network of roads and tracks in the mountains.
India has also rebuilt its airfields, including a landing base laid in Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh in 1962. C-130 Hercules planes which were bought from the United States have been landing at the airfield.
Incursions from both the neighbouring countries are common along the Line of Actual Control because the armies cannot agree where it lies.
Earlier in 2014, China protested against India’s work on an irrigation canal, saying it was located inside its territory and 500 Chinese soldiers entered the area and swiftly built a 2-km road. Resulting 1,000 soldiers from each side were ranged against each other for days till the confrontation subsided