Trans­gres­sions by PLA along LAC Likely to Rise

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

New Delhi: Trans­gres­sions by China’s Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) across dif­fer­ent sec­tors of 4,057-kilo­me­tre-long Line of Ac­tual Con­trol (LAC) — the de facto bound­ary between In­dia and China — can in­crease in the com­ing months as In­dia re­mains firm to thwart Bei­jing’s de­signs in Dokalam plateau.

With PLA fail­ing to make head­way in the Sino-Bhutan-In­dia tri­junc­tion to cre­ate in­fras­truc­ture and claim ter­ri­tory, there are ap­pre­hen­sions that trans­gres­sions by the Chi­nese troops along LAC in Ut­tarak­hand, Hi­machal Pradesh and Ladakh could spike with an aim to cre­ate pres­sure on In­dia, ac­cord­ing to per­sons fa­mil­iar with Chi­nese mil­i­tary strat­egy.

Ini­tial signs of this PLA strat­egy amid the Dokalam stand­off was first vis­i­ble along LAC in Ut­tarak­hand and then in Hi­machal Pradesh. Height­ened Chi­nese ac­tiv­i­ties have been re­ported along the LAC in Ti­bet across two Hi­machal Pradesh dis­tricts days af­ter PLA trans­gres­sions in Ut­tarak­hand ter­ri­tory. While trans­gres­sions along LAC of­ten hap­pen due to dif­fer­ing per­cep­tions of LAC, in­crease in such at­tempts by China is not ruled out in the com­ing months with an eye on en­gag­ing Indian troops across var­i­ous sec­tors of LAC. It may be re­called that weeks be­fore Dokalam stand­off China had trans­gressed trough air in Ut­tarak­hand.

LAC is di­vided into three sec­tors — Eastern (Arunachal Pradesh), Cen­tral or Mid­dle (Sikkim, Ut­tarak­hand & Hi­machal) and Western (Ladakh & Kash­mir). China is push­ing for early har­vest in set­tling mid­dle sec­tor of LAC. But In­dia says it is cau­tiously study­ing China's pro­pos­als and does not want to rush into any pact in set­tling part of LAC.

REUTERS

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