Chinese road building team enters Arunachal Pradesh, India seizes equipment

The Chinese track construction was first observed by residents of the area, who informed the ITBP. The ITBP and Army sent a joint patrol on December 28, which asked the Chinese workers to return to their territory.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap , Sushant Singh | New Delhi/guwahati | Updated: January 4, 2018 7:59 am
China, Arunachal Pradesh, India China border, Indian Army, Army Arunachal China border, Chinese Army in Arunachal, Doklam standoff, Indian Express According to sources, the Chinese track construction party was building a 12-feet wide, 1-km long track inside Indian territory. (Expres photo/Sandip Daundkar)

Months after the two countries de-escalated from a standoff at Doklam on the Sikkim-Bhutan border, the Indian Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have foiled a Chinese attempt to build a track on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh.

While the Chinese workers were told to return to their side of the LAC, their road construction equipment was seized. Sources, however, denied a Doklam-like eyeball-to-eyeball face-off between the two sides at the construction site on the LAC, and said there was no direct contact between Indian and Chinese soldiers during the incident.

Sources in Arunachal Pradesh told The Indian Express that the incident occurred on December 26, when a Chinese civilian track construction party, unaccompanied by any soldiers, crossed into the Indian side of the LAC, near Bishing in Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh. This area near Kapang La is where Siang river crosses from Tibet to Arunachal Pradesh, but the Chinese workers did not cross the river.

The Chinese track construction, sources said, was first observed by residents of the area, who informed the ITBP. The ITBP and Army sent a joint patrol on December 28, which asked the Chinese workers to return to their territory. Their construction equipment, which included two JCBs and a water bowser, was seized – the tyres were deflated and the chains of the JCBs were removed. The area has been barricaded, and is being jointly manned by the ITBP and Army. Also Read | Never acknowledged the existence of Arunachal Pradesh: China

Official sources the issue is being resolved through established coordination mechanisms between the two countries. They, however, refused to give any time-frame for returning the Chinese equipment.

According to sources, the Chinese track construction party was building a 12-feet wide, 1-km long track inside Indian territory. Because of the curved nature of tracks in mountain areas, it meant that the Chinese were nearly 400 metres inside Arunachal Pradesh.

Although Bishing falls on the disputed LAC, it is not an area which witnesses Chinese incursions or clashes with Indian patrols. While this remote area, at an altitude of over 12,000 feet, is manned by the ITBP, the track construction activity took place about 2 km away from the nearest ITBP post.

It is unusual for the Chinese to undertake track construction in the area, more so during winter months. A senior official, however, told The Indian Express that this incident is “nothing out of the ordinary since perceptions of LAC differ. Our stance is that status quo cannot be altered unilaterally. Mere initiation of such unilateral activity in proximity of LAC by the Chinese is violently objected to.”

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    1. Nilesh Jain
      Jan 4, 2018 at 11:08 am
      China didn't acknowledged Arunachal's existence, We never acknowledged China's existence.
      1. blackpower 666
        Jan 4, 2018 at 11:35 am
        china is perhaps the most powerful country in the world. 56" inch chest is actually hollow or made of silicone a la pornstars. china showed that the 56" chest is more like 56mm when it forced FAKEndranath to revoke the visas issued to chinese dissidents in a matter of a day! that is why like a frigthened child FAKEndranath goes running to the US for support
        1. suresh VRG
          Jan 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm
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      2. blackpower 666
        Jan 4, 2018 at 10:52 am
        Chinese are saying - ab dilli door nahi
        1. Tathagata Biswas
          Jan 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm
          Islamabad, Beijing bhi dur nahi. Dokalam dekh ke Proki, Chini rone lagein hain!! Hum aa rahein hai aur rulaney..
          1. suresh VRG
            Jan 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm
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            1. Sadanand Adka
              Jan 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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            2. Radhakishan Gangu
              Jan 4, 2018 at 9:37 am
              China is powerful than India in many aspects like military, space technology, exports/business and development on high standards. Till 1990 India and China almost walked at the same pace in terms of GDP, a step ahead or back, now they are far ahead of us, like more than three times of India's per capita income. Why India left behind is the question to the central government and all politicians including oppositions in our nation? They should feel the responsibility and take corrective measures instead of concentrating on power, money spreading corruption in one way or the other. Evils are around us. For example, land mafia. taking away the lands of innocents, sacred persons and profiting out of it. Who will stop these persons who have links with powerful people of the governments. Hence India should become sacred internally so that our military morally become superior and thereby no incidents from neighboring nations will happen. Solution lies with the leaders of the society.
              1. KBD
                Jan 4, 2018 at 9:36 am
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