Another Chinese ‘incursion’ at Sikkim border

via published on June 19, 2008

NEW DELHI: Despite having implicitly
accepted Sikkim to be a part of India earlier, China continues to undertake
“incursions” across the LAC into the tiny north-eastern state.

latest “incursion” by Chinese troops took place on Monday, with a
vehicle-mounted patrol crossing almost one km into Indian territory in Sikkim’s
northernmost tip known as the “finger area”, to which Beijing is now laying
claim despite New Delhi’s position that the Sikkim border question is

As first reported by TOI in April, China has stepped up
“incursions” across the 206-km border between Sikkim and Tibet since the
beginning of this year, with around 65 such episodes recorded since January now.

India is used to incursions by Chinese troops across the 4,057-km
LAC in all the three sectors — western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand,
Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) — in a bid to strengthen China’s
claim over disputed areas and ensure New Delhi does not change its Tibet policy.

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