New Delhi, July 22: While Beijing has been talking about improving ties with New Delhi, it has been following a different policy on the ground. According to sources, Chinese troops have intruded into Chumar sector in Ladakh region thrice in the last one week. On one of the occasions, they even entered three kilometres into the Indian territory and spent several hours before returning.
The intruding soldiers were riding horses and ponies and carrying placards asking their Indian counterparts to evacuate the "occupied territories".
The latest reports of incursions took place in the wake of the Indian Army getting the green signal to put into place a 50,000-strong Mountain Strike Corps along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The step is seen as a major boost to the army's fighting capacity along the LAC.
India is likely to raise the incursion issue at a flag meeting of troops on both sides of the border.
The Chinese have been frequently intruding the Indian side of the territory at Chumar, located about 300 kilometres from Leh. The Chinese had vandalised an Indian checkpost in this region and even took away a surveillance camera during one of their earlier intrusion.
A major stand-off took place between the two neighbours in April over the intrusion of Chinese troops in Ladakh, ahead of the visit of the new Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, to India.