Riding Horses and Ponies, 50 PLA Troops March Into India
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Riding Horses and Ponies, 50 PLA Troops March Into India


The Hindu reports that “riding on horses and ponies, around 50 Chinese soldiers” crossed over the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) into India last week, demanding that Indian forces relinquish the “occupied” territory. Zee News claims that a two-day standoff ensued between Indian and Chinese forces before the later returned to China, although The Hindu indicates the standoff was of a much shorter duration.

This incursion is the latest in what has become a growing trend of Chinese incursions into India’s side of the LoAC. In April and May of this year, Chinese forces crossed over into India and step up camp inside the country for three weeks, when leaders from both sides worked out a compromise for them to withdraw. 

Then, last month, a group of Chinese soldiers briefly crossed over into the Indian side of the border and destroyed observation posts and cameras belonging to Indian military forces. China has repeatedly protested India’s construction of observation posts along its side of the border.

Earlier this month, Indian media outlets also reported that two Chinese helicopters had briefly violated Indian airspace.

On Wednesday of last week, a day after the latest incursion began—and possibly while the 50 Chinese troops were still inside India—India’s cabinet committee on security (CCS) gave its official stamp of approval on a Defense Ministry proposal to raise a mountain strike corps to be deployed on the border with China. The Diplomat first reported on the proposal at the beginning of June.

At the time, it was being reported that the strike corps would consist of around 40,000 troops. After the proposal was approved last week, Indian media outlets differed on how large the force would be, with figures typically ranging from 45,000 to 50,000 troops.

However, even as the situation on the border has intensified significantly, relations between senior military and political leaders from both countries have almost never been better. For example, earlier this month the two sides announced they would hold their first ever naval and air force drills in the “near future.” The announcement came shortly after Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony returned from a trip to China. He was the first Indian Defense Minister to visit China in seven years.

Similarly, China shrugged off the announcement of the new mountain strike corps last week, saying that it was still “willing to join hands with India to safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas.” This echoed the rhetoric Premier Li Keqiang used when visiting India in June. The trip was Li’s first since assuming his newest position.

During the Li visit Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he had accepted an invitation to visit China at the “earliest opportunity.” Reports in India have suggested the two sides hope to find a time for this trip before the end of the year.

August 9, 2013 at 02:21

China already has a bad reputation and now they have gone and made it worse by provoking India who are trading hundreds if billions dollars with them !!!!

July 23, 2013 at 22:35

Central Goverment of China is working progressive ties with India where as PLA is acting as a rough establishment. Probably PLA is not on same page with their goverment. Infact PLA is tring to take more power in how China should be run specially in its foreign policy. This is not good

July 23, 2013 at 17:07

We’re talking about a isolated frontier here no houses or real population presence what does china hope to achieve other than annoying India. It’s just an unneeded provocation they are trying to prove something but just look like agressors.

July 23, 2013 at 13:57

Its shame that even countries like Vietnam and the Phillippines stood to their ground when comfronting these Chinese need for breathing space.

The Chinese are correct as the border is in dispute India should also send its soldiers beyong the LOC into the "So Called China Territory". A tit for tat is what is needed to stop the whole issue.

July 23, 2013 at 13:25

Dear Oshino Katsu,

Can you agree, that Indian troops can start firing, if Chinese troops really cross over India??

India is a Country for Peace and always wants cordial relations with neighbors

But at the same time, India can do wonders with its highly skilled, intelligent people & Military Force

Also, you must understand, World is watching the situation


July 23, 2013 at 13:08

Why the fake Japanese name. If you want to talk about greedy ask the Tibetans and Uyghurs in the "autonomous" areas!

My neighbor is Chinese and he dug under the foundation of my house to build his basement the cheap greedy thief!!

papa john
July 23, 2013 at 12:51

Wow, I didn't know that an Indian family actually built a house in China and a Chinese guy loves Japanese so much so he decided to adopt a Japanese name instead of his Chinese name. anyway, this is great. First time, I see a Chinese with an intenational mind.

July 23, 2013 at 04:58

horses and ponies = land use patrol boats.

Oshino Katsu
July 23, 2013 at 00:33

"Riding horse and ponies, 50 PLA troops march into India"

"Earlier this month, Indian media outlets also reported that two Chinese helicopters had briefly violated Indian airspace."

Who says it is Indian territory and airspace? A shame that the Diplomat makes provocative bias and deliberate misjudgement without facts nor evidence. Such abuse of the media is a shame to the journalistic profession – if it can ever be termed a profession these days. 

My mother's neighbour was a an Indian. When he renovated his house, he claimed territory beyond his boundary.  Just because she was an old lady. No difference in this situation and greedy conniving Indians where territories are concerned. Thieving India had better cease encroaching on territories that does not belong to them. They are only very brave when they can play politics with an America that has an agenda against China. Truth be told, at the end of the day, the tensions and conflicts in this world has Washington at the bottom of it all. New Delhi is asking for trouble if it does not rein in its greed.

9 dashes, 4 dishes, 1 soup
July 22, 2013 at 19:53

It is reasonable to conclude here that Xi and the CPC civilian leadership do not control the PLA on the periphery. Add this to the USNS Impeccable incident in June and the Ladakh incursion before the foreign minister's visit to Delhi in late April. 

Draw your own conclusions. I say these PLA commanders are free-lancing. And they will continue to do so. 


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