Chinese troops adopt aggressive posturing

Chinese troops adopt aggressive posturing

China has reinforced its position in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, 19 km inside the Indian territory, where they are getting regular supplies. According to reports sent to the Union Home Ministry, the Chinese adopted an aggressive posture during patrolling in the DBO sector, where they have erected five tents.

After the failed brigadier-level meeting on Tuesday at Chusul, India stepped up vigil in the area through unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) even as supplies to the Chinese forces were being replenished through a convoy of trucks.

Meanwhile, Army chief General Bikram Singh on Wednesday briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by the prime minister on the Chinese intrusion and India’s military options. The briefing took place a day after India refused to accept China’s proposal to withdraw troops by 100 metres from their respective holding positions, thereby increasing the distance between the soldiers who are in a face-to-face situation in Raki Nalla since April 15. Raki Nalla is a dry riverbed, running parallel to the Line of Actual Control.

Declining China’s offer at the third flag meeting at Chusul, India demanded complete withdrawal of the Chinese troops.The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which was the first to notice the Chinese intrusion, has a camp at Burtse, 15 km west of Raki Nalla.
The site where the Chinese troops camped is 40 km south-east of Daulat Beg Oldie, a World War II airstrip which was reactivated by the Indian Air Force in 2008 to bolster border defence. China reportedly objected to the new constructions at DBO, which is just 10 km from the LAC and 80 km south of Siachen.

Close on the other side of the LAC are at least four known Chinese border defence regiment posts. Two of them are at Chip-Chap, 25 km from the LAC and Sundo, 40 km from the LAC. Beijing can use either of them to send supplies to the Raki Nalla tents.As General Singh was briefing the cabinet committee, Army and ITBP officials met Chinese commanders at Chusul at a ceremonial event to observe the international labour day.The pre-scheduled meeting was held at a hut a few hundred metres inside the Chinese territory.Eight Indian officials headed by a brigadier rank officer attended the BPM. The exchanges continued for almost four and a half hours that included a lunch organised by the Chinese. No BPMs took place at Nathu La (Sikkim) and Bum La .

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