Threatened shepherds to vacate the area: officials
New Delhi: Chinese border guards entered one kilometre into the Indian territory on July 25 and threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, official sources said on Monday.
“A group of shepherds was asked to vacate the land by the People’s Liberation Army,” officials said on the condition of anonymity.
Earlier Chinese President Xi Jinping while addressing the country’s troops had said that The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has the capability to defeat “invading” enemies and protect the country’s sovereignty.
For more than a month now, the two countries (China and India) have been involved in a stand-off along a part of their 3,500 kilometres shared border. Since both the countries are populous and have very robust economies, and have fought a war over border disputes in 1962, the stand-off has attracted global media attention.
Earlier, on the eve of Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s China visit to attend the BRICS security summit, Beijing had it made clear that India’s pullback from Doklam on the border remained the “precondition” for any dialogue on the issue.