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China disagrees New Delhi’s allegation that its troops crossed Indian territory

New Delhi, Apr 23 (): With regard to New Delhi’s allegation that Chinese troops had crossed into Indian Territory and positioned a camp in a remote area of the Himalayas, China on Monday declared the Indian allegation as “rumour”.

New Delhi claimed saying that soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forced their entry into the northeast of Ladakh on April 15 and have set a camp, which China had denied. India assumes that China though at present had withdrawn, will later use this occupation to lay claims to the area of border negotiations.

Nearly fifteen to twenty soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army have made their stay on tents pitched in open ground in Indian Territory. Following the incident on April 15, the Indian army has set up a temporary camp just 500 meters from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

A senior official claimed that on April 17th, Ladakh Scouts belonging to the 5th battalion were sent to the sector to take on the PLA challenge and they have also stayed there. Sources said that though forcing illegal entry is common across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), setting up camps within disputed territory is a matter of concern for either country.

To diffuse tensions, both India and China have held frequent meetings but still high-level talks to resolve the dispute have not yet yielded results. A week back, a meeting between an Indian team led by a Brigadier-level officer and a senior Colonel from the Chinese side turned futile after it failed to break the deadlock.

Talking to reporters on the issue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said yesterday, India and China have decided to hold flag meetings to discuss the issue of incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh. Khurshid said that the government is waiting for some more information to come and after that a final decision will be made.