By Abhishek Bhalla | India Today
NEW DELHI, India, 13 July 2019
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector amid reports of Chinese soldiers crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the Dalai Lama’s birthday.
There is no intrusion. The matter was taken up at a flag meeting and sorted. We have a very good working relationship with the Chinese, General Bipin Rawat said on Saturday.
Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there was no intrusion. Everything is normal,” the Army chief added.
The General added, Obviously when civilians come, they will be accompanied by Chinese [military] personnel. They will want to monitor their civilians just like we do. Even Army and ITBP would accompany our people if they were to go to border areas.
Some Chinese in civilian clothes reached close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday.
The Chinese protested to Tibetans celebrating an annual festival in Eastern Ladakh displaying banners saying ban all activities to spilt Tibet’.
Sources said they are viewing the Chinese action as an intimidating tactic.
China has been pushing to have its own successor of the Dalai Lama and pressing that any other appointment should not be given any recognition.
“There were two vehicles with people dressed in civil clothes showing the banners. We don’t know whether they were PLA personnel since they were in civil clothes. Those protesting were on the Chinese side and made no attempt to cross over,” said a source. Sources added that the Chinese did not take up the matter in the official military meetings or communications.
The Tibetans on the Indian side were celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday, an annual festival by the name of Dole Tango.