Tribune News Service
New Delhi, 8 October
Last week, military patrols of India and China stood face-to-face in the northeast of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
The patrols had come face to face and both insisted that the other retreat.
Sources said no one was taken into custody; It just so happened that the patrol teams came face to face and stood their ground. It would be wrong to say that one patrol took the other into custody. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) patrol had 200 soldiers.
The incident took place between Bum La – a 15,200-foot high pass – and Yangtse, an Indian border post, which is 25 km east of Bum La.
Sources said that the situation has now returned to normal.
The patrols come face-to-face dozens of times a year as both sides carry out patrol activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) up to their Line of Sensation. The LAC is not demarcated at the ground level and the claims of both are overlapping. Whenever patrols from both sides meet, the situation is managed in accordance with established protocols and mechanisms agreed to by both sides.
One part of the protocol is hoisting banners at each other and asking the other to go back. A source said, “The physical attachment to a place can last for a few hours before he leaves.
The India-China border is not formally demarcated and hence there is a difference in the perception of the LAC between countries. The adherence to existing agreements and protocols between the two countries has made possible peace and tranquility in these regions of differing perceptions.
The recent incident comes days before the 13th round of talks between military commanders of the two sides to separate from eastern Ladakh.