Indian media reported on Saturday a “deep incursion” into the Indian territory in Jammu and Kashmir, by Chinese troops on April 15, although Indian authorities termed the incident as a confusion over the “differences in perception” of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
A contingent of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km (6.2 miles) inside the Indian territory of Burthe located in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in eastern Ladakh, which lies at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported citing unnamed sources.
The spokesman of Indian military’s Udhampur-based Northern Command, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “due to differences in perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), a few face-offs take place in the eastern Ladakh side.”
“These are resolved amicably through existing mechanism,” Kalia told the PTI, refusing to elaborate.
The place has not been known to have any permanent civilian population.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have also established a camp approximately 300 m opposite the PLA contingent’s location, the report added citing Indian military sources.
The DBO is located at the easternmost point of the Karakoram range and lies at the base of the strategically significant Karakoram pass. About 10 km ahead of the strip is the Karakoram Highway that connects China and Pakistan.
The DBO lies 8 km south of the Chinese border and 9 km northwest of the Aksai Chin Line of Actual Control (LAC) between China and India.