Centre To MPs In Parliament

India-China Eastern Ladakh Clash: The Centre offered no clear picture on Chinese presence near LAC (File)

New Delhi:

No infiltration has been reported along the India-China border in the last six months, the government said in parliament today in the middle of a stand-off in Ladakh and multiple attempts by the Chinese to “alter the Line of Actual Control (LAC)” or the de-facto border between the nations.

The Union Home Ministry’s written response was to a question from BJP Rajya Sabha member Anil Agrawal, who asked whether cases of infiltration from Pakistan and China had increased in the last six months and what steps were being taken by the government.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai listed infiltration attempts by Pakistan – the most incidents were reported in April — but on China, he said: “No infiltration has been reported along Indo-China border during last six months”.

The government’s response indicates an attempt to downplay Chinese intrusions and stress that India has firmly held on to its positions at the LAC.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a statement in parliament on Tuesday, had said China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq km in Ladakh. “In mid-May, the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector. This included Kongka La, Gogra and north bank of Pangong Lake. While no one should doubt our determination to safeguard our borders, India believes that mutual…

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