Document admitting ‘Chinese intrusion into Indian territory’ vanishes from Defence Ministry website

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New Delhi: Two days after it was uploaded, a document on the ministry of defence website that admitted to Chinese intrusion territory claimed by India, has vanished.

As per a report in News18, the document was the “first official acknowledgement of intrusion by the People’s Liberation Army” amid tensions in Ladakh, despite five rounds of commander-level talks.

The defence ministry had officially used the word ‘transgressed’ as a euphemism for ‘intrusion’ across the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

“Chinese aggression has been increasing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and more particularly in Galwan valley since May 5, 2020. The Chinese side has transgressed in the areas of Kungrang Nala, Gogra and north bank of Pangong Tso Lake on May 17-18,” the ministry had stated in the “What’s New” section under the title “Chinese Aggression on LAC”.

The document said the stand-off could be prolonged and the evolving situation may need prompt action.

After five rounds of commander-level talks for disengagement, Beijing is unwilling to return to status quo and remains in possession of land that Indian troops used to patrol.

Chinese troops remain entrenched at Finger 4, near a location called Green Top, which offers a view of the Indian Army’s logistics hub around the Pangong lake.

Chinese troops are also preventing Indian soldiers from accessing a number of their patrolling points in the strategically important Depsang Plains, by blocking off the bottleneck or “Y-junction” in the area.


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