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After all that embracing, has United States left India out in the cold over standoff with China? The Chinese returned to their base across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after two hours.

The incursions were not alarming and have been common for nearly 10 years, ITBP officials said. The article argued that China must avoid war, but insist on Indian troop withdrawal from Doklam by other means. Similarly, in 2015, the Chinese troops demolished some temporary huts erected there by the shepherds on the grazing ground.

Chinese troops entered one kilometre into Indian territory and threatened shepherds grazing cattle in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, officials said yesterday.

Barahoti, an 80 sq km sloping pasture about 140 km from Uttarakhand capital Dehradun, is one of three border posts in what is known as the "middle sector", comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

However, official sources said incidents of a similar nature have happened in the past and are normally sorted out locally. In this area the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to use weapons as it is a demilitarized section.

In the 1962 War, the PLA did not enter the middle sector and the fighting took place in the western and eastern sectors. Government-controlled Chinese media has carried several reports threatening escalation of troop movement in various sectors if India does not withdraw from Doklam. There were two incidents about a year ago.

While the Indian Army has refused to comment on the latest incident, an official said that transgressions occur due to different perceptions of the boundary. The ridge is connected to Joshimath, which houses major Indian Army formations meant to counter any major operations by China's People's Liberation Army. China has been getting increasingly aggressive in its confrontations with India and yesterday, Chinese president Xi Jinping upped the rhetoric by saying that China can defeat any army that dares to attack it.

It maintains that India that crossed into the indisputable Chinese territory and stirred the current face-off.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's departure from Beijing, after a crucial meeting with China's state councilor Yang Jiechi, has triggered an energetic debate on finding a formula for defusing the crisis in the remote Doklam plateau, where Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a lengthy stand-off.


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