PLA banner in Ladakh says ‘You are in China’

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LEH, NEW DELHI: With the Sino-India standoff in Ladakh now in it’s third week, Chinese are showing no signs of withdrawing from the territory they occupied after their incursion in Ladakh two weeks ago. On Monday news reports said  Chinese troops have erected an additional tent in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector raising to five the number of such structures in the area.

The Chinese troops have also deployed Molosser dogs to keep a vigil, according to latest reports on Monday from the site of incursion, 70 km south of Burtse in Ladakh division.

A banner hoisted outside the camp reads in English “you are in Chinese side” with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel maintaining a round-the-clock vigil, official sources said.

According to a detailed report, the additional tent has come up after three failed flag meetings between Indian and Chinese Armies at Chashul.

Chinese troops had April 15 entered Indian territory, 19 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de-facto border between India and China. The LAC is 3,488 km long, 646 km of which is in Kashmir region.

Even as the Indian government has been trying to ignore latest Chinese incursion into Kashmir, a former Indian envoy to China has laid open Beijing’s long-term plans in Kashmir‘s frontier region.

According to former ambassador to China, P. Stobdan, the recent incursion was not a one-off incident, but its forces have slowly but surely been pushing into India since 1980s.

In a startling disclosure to Headlines Today, Stobdan said more than 400 sq km of prime pasture land has been conceded by India to the aggressive neighbour in Ladakh region only. China’s aim seems to be to push India to the west of the river Indus.

“From 1980s till 2008, we have lost 45×9 sq km of land in Ladakh to China… Areas where we could go in 80s are out of bounds today for us, Stobdan was quoted by  Headlines Today as saying.

“On ground, China has almost pushed us on the west bank of Indus… China deploys nomads to first sense our presence and their military follows while we deny permissions and decimate our nomads in Ladakh,” Stobdan revealed. Agencies

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