Months after the military standoff in Doklam, the Chinese and Indian troops have now been locked in a stalemate – this time in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district – for close to a week now.
The standoff began after local villagers informed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) that Chinese troops, carrying road-building equipment, crossed up to 200 metres into Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh in late December.
According to the locals in the border state, the Chinese soldiers almost reached a border village in the Upper Siang district before they were stopped by Indian troops.
While China has admitted that its soldiers crossed the border, it is denied of them carrying any road-building equipment, according to India TV sources.
Reportedly, the standoff began around the time when India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China’s state counsellor Yang Jiechi held border talks in New Delhi last month.
The 73-day Doklam standoff began after the Indian Army asked China to halt road construction in Bhutanese territory. It ended on August 28 after both sides agreed to pull back their troops and China halted road construction.