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Indian, Chinese troops in brief face-off in Tawang

Nearly 100 Chinese Army personnel tried to enter Indian territory 10 days ago

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Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in a brief face-off near Yangtse in Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh last week and it was resolved within few hours following talks between commanders of the two sides according to establishe­d protocols, people familiar with the developmen­t said on Friday.

It is learnt that the face-off took place around 10 days ago when nearly 100 Chinese army personnel tried to enter the Indian territory but were forced back.

The people cited above indicated that there were some “physical engagement” between the two sides.

When asked to comment on news reports about Indian troops detaining a few Chinese military personnel after crossing the border last week, Chinese foreign ministry spokespers­on Zhou Lijian said in Beijing that he was not aware of it.

“I am not aware of relevant informatio­n,” the official said.

The fresh incident of the face-off came weeks after around 100 Chinese troops transgress­ed the LAC in Uttarakhan­d in the Barahoti sector in Uttarakhan­d.

“The India-china border has not been formally demarcated and hence there is a difference in perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the countries. Peace and tranquilli­ty in these areas of differing perception­s have been possible by adherence to existing agreements and protocols between the two countries,” said a source.

It said both sides undertake patrolling activities up to their line of perception. “Whenever patrols of both sides physically meet, the situation is managed according to establishe­d protocols and mechanisms agreed by both sides,” the source said.

“Physical engagement can last for a few hours prior to disengagin­g as per mutual understand­ing. However, there has been no damage to defences,” the source said.

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