Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Road construction issue in Arunachal Pradesh with China resolved: Army Chief

Road construction issue in Arunachal Pradesh with China resolved: Army Chief

Gen Rawat said a Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) took place two days back on the issue. "The Tutting incident has been resolved after a border personal meeting", Rawat said. "The Tuting incident has been resolved".

The "Tuting incident" in Arunachal Pradesh has been resolved, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said here today, days after Indian troops foiled attempts by Chinese road building teams to build a track on the Indian side of the border.

He also lauded the progress made in the direction of indigenous development of defence technology and called on the industry to strive towards it.

It was on December 26, 2017 India discovered that China was trying to construct an operational track - an unpaved road for movement of men and material - along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

An nearly 600-metre-long and 12-feet wide track was built on the Indian territory when the Chinese party was stopped.

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They had said the civilian teams went back when confronted by the Indian troops, but left behind two excavators and some other equipment.

"There is a huge requirement of modernisation of our armed forces, in every field", he said.

"The two excavators were returned to the Chinese side following the BPM on January 6", the sources said, adding that India's objection to the incident was conveyed to China. China and India had in November a year ago agreed to end a lengthy standoff at Doklam - a disputed territory which is also a tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, with Beijing apparently abandoning plans to construct a road that had triggered the crisis. "Future wars will be fought in hard terrains and circumstances". In Doklam, there has been major reduction from Chinese side, the Chief added.

Unlike the belligerence shown during the Doklam standoff, the Chinese troops this time "reacted very maturely to accept that the differing perception of the LAC" had led its construction workers "to inadvertently transgress" into Indian territory near the Bishing village.

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