NEW DELHI: Hardly a month after India and China signed a landmark agreement to settle their border dispute, a Chinese Army patrol has intruded deep
into Indian territory and stayed there for close to 24 hours before withdrawing on May 10.
The border violation took place in Asafila area of the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.
This is the same area where on June 26, 2003, a Chinese Army team had intruded into India, stripped Indian intelligence officials of personal weapons
and held them hostage for several hours.
The incident had coincided with the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's official visit to China. The issue was taken up by India with the
Chinese government then.
The latest intrusion was carried out by a five-member team of the Chinese Army, sources say.
The patrol reached the border on May 10 and crossed over the next day, trekking some five kilometers into the Indian side.
They spent almost the entire day inside Indian side before retreating.
By May 12, the patrol team had fully withdrawn to their normal stated position beyond the Line of Actual Control.
"Our troops did not allow the situation to get out of hand," sources told Indiatimes News Network . There was no exchange of fire.
The government and Ministry of External Affairs are in the know of things, sources said.
But there was no immediate confirmation if the issue has been taken up with China through diplomatic channels.
When contacted by this website, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Navtej Sarna, said he had no information regarding the issue.
The Asafila area, one of the eight pockets of dispute in Arunachal Pradesh, is patrolled by Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
What is baffling is thatthe intrusion came just a month after the highly successful visit of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to India. ??
Among the agreements concluded during his visit, the most noticeable one was the "Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of
the India-China Boundary Question".
There have been occasional claims by India of intrusion by Peoples Liberation Army.
In 2000, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi claimed there have been repeated incursions by Chinese troops.
Then reports had pointed out that the Chinese had built a mule trail in Kaila Pass in Dibang Valley district.
China officially does not recognise Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state.
Chinese Army had overrun most of Arunachal Pradesh during the 1962 war, but had vacated it after the war as the indian army pushed them back.
The Line of Actual Control is punctured at many pockets of dispute. In 1986-87 there was a serious flare up of the border stand off between the Indian
and Chinese forces in the Sumdorong Chu Valley of Arunachal.
In 1993, the two sides signed an accord to reduce tensions along the border and to respect the LAC.
In 1996 the two sides also put in place many Confidence Building Measures for improving the border peace.
Among the CBMs is an agreement of non-aggression, prior notification of large troop movements and a 10-km no-fly zone for combat aircraft.
China is a dishonourable state which backstabs.