Ladakh Incident Not Alarming: Army Chief10 January 2011
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Playing down the recent Chinese incursion in Ladakh, Army chief General V K Singh today said India and China have perceptional differences over the boundary issue that was dogging relations between the two countries. Responding to queries on the recent incursions by Chinese troops in Ladakh, General Singh said such incidents were not 'alarming developments’’ and could not be termed as ‘intrusions’. 'What has come in print media today about the so called intrusion, that particular area where this thing has been shown, is an area where there is perceptional difference of the Line of Actual Control between us and China,’’ he said adding, 'This has been there for very long time. Right at the time the LAC was put down on a very large scale map by China.’’ So as per India’s interpretation the line runs in a particular manner and as per Chinese perception the line runs in a different alignment, and that is not marked on the ground, said the General. 'Therefore, there is always perceptional problems. I do not see it as an alarming development I only see it as perception problem,’’ he added. Chinese troops had reportedly entered the Indian territory along the Line of Actual Control in South-Eastern Ladakh region and threatened a contractor and his team to halt work on constructing a ‘passenger shed’. The Jammu and Kashmir Government has submitted an official report to the Centre on the incident saying Chinese troops tried to stop construction work in the Gombir area of Demchok region of the State. They also threatened locals not to carry out further work, the report added.