Ministry of Defence sources have told India Today that incidents of transgression have increased at the Pangong Tso lake and Chumar region in Ladakh. There were at least 11 incidents of Chinese infiltration last year; in three months this year, there already has been 16 cases of transgression, sources said.
The Indian Army had also destroyed a Chinese watch tower near the Line of Control in Chumar recently.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked the Army to strongly take up the issue with Chinese authorities. Parrikar is scheduled to visit China next month where the two sides are expected to finalise the setting up of a hotline between the Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA).
Earlier this week, Chinese PLA troops entered almost 6 km deep inside Indian territory near the scenic Pangong lake area, leading to a standoff between the security personnel of the two sides.
However, China later said that its troops did not go "beyond the border" and accused the Indian media of hyping up the issue. "There is no such thing as going beyond the border," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had said, when asked about the incident in Ladakh last week.
Both India and China have taken steps to defuse boundary tensions through the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) and setting up additional border personnel meeting points - a sixth will be operationalised this year, following two points added last year in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. (indiandefensenews.in)