Another strife has taken the shape after Chinese military shown protest against Indian Army’s movement into the strategically sensitive Asaphila area along the border in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, last month. However, India has cleared its side and dismissed the complaint made by China.
On March 15, Chinese reported the issue at a BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) but the Indian Army rejected the claim of China and said that the area in the upper Subansiri region of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and the patrolling has been carried out there regularly. The Chinese called India’s patrolling in the area a “transgression” which the Indian Army objected particularly to the terminology.
Stated the source, “China’s protest to our patrolling in Asaphila is surprising.” In the past, such type of instances of Chinese intrusions in the area was noticed and seriously taken up by the Indian side.
The BPM system is for both the sides where they can register their protest over any incident of transgressions by any side as there are varying perceptions about the LAC between the two countries.
China’s People’s Liberation Army’s delegation mentioned extensive patrolling by Indian troops in Asaphila and called it the violation that may escalate tensions between the two sides in the area.
To these claims and protest of China, India said its troops were aware of the alignment of the (LAC) Line of Actual Control and the Army won’t stop the patrolling to the LAC which is the de facto border between India and China.
India and China percepts differ borderline in the area. On December 21, 22 and 23, the Chinese military specifically mentioned large-scale Indian patrolling in Asaphila near Fishtail 1. That’s why troops of India and China hold BPMs to resolve issues along the border area.
Along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), there are five BPM points at Bum La and Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh, Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh, and Nathu La in Sikkim. On March 15, the BPM had taken place at the Daimai post on the Chinese side in the area of Kibithu.
At the BPM, the Chinese also put allegations on India to damage its road building equipment when a road laying party left its gear in Tuting in last December. However, these allegations have been rejected by the Indian Army.
After the Dokalam stand-off, more troops and increased patrolling in the mountainous tract along the borders with China has been deployed by India. The surveillance system has also been strengthened by India to keep eye on the activities of Chinese activity along the borders.