Transgressions by PLA along LAC Likely to Rise
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.