'Hindi speaking' Chinese troops enter into Indian Territory, vandalise cameras

New Delhi, July 9 (ANI): The Chinese troops intruded into Chumar area in the Leh-Ladakh sector that had sparked off tensions between New Delhi and Beijing in April, and threatened the locals in Hindi over two weeks ago.

The troops also broke the high-resolution cameras set up by the Indian Army had set up in the area a month ago.

The incident took place on June 17 when a Chinese patrol intruded into the Indian side and dismantled the cameras set up in Chumar.

The Chinese troops threatened the locals in Hindi, and asked them to vacate the area. They claimed the area to be their own.

The incident was reported to the government by Indian intelligence agencies and confirmed by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. According to the DNA the incident was kept under wraps as the government did not want another international controversy while it was also battling the Uttarakhand floods.

This incident took place ahead of Defence Minister A.K. Antony's visit to China this month.

Antony held delegation level talks with his counterpart Gen. Chang Wanquan in Beijing during his four-day official visit to China last week,.

During the meetings, both sides discussed a number of issues relating to bilateral defence relations, exchanges and interactions between the Ministries of Defence and Armed Forces of both countries and the regional and international security situation.

In the discussions between the two Defence Ministers, measures to promote mutual trust and confidence building between the Armed Forces were discussed. It was agreed that "strategic communication" is required for building trust and understanding.

It was also agreed that in the meanwhile, both countries will make joint efforts to maintain peace and tranquility on the borders and take measures to strengthen communication and coordination at various levels between the border guarding forces. (ANI)

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