After the red carpet, the tougher side: India scraps media meet with China

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India scraps media meet with China
New Delhi, Sept 22: After rolling out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping who was in India for three days last week, the Narendra Modi government has decided to cancel the media exchange between journalists from China and India, according to an India Today report.

New Delhi decided to withdraw clearances for Chinese editors who were coming to Delhi, the report said.

The Centre made the move after the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) intruded into the Indian territory and set up seven tents there and showed no signs of return.

On Sunday, the PLA personnel arrived in Chumar, located 300 kilometres from Leh, and started erecting tents in the Indian territory even after the Indian Army issued repeated warnings to vacate the area, official sources said, according to the report. It was also learned that nearly 100 PLA personnel was found around Point 30R, a strategic point from where the Indian side keeps a deep vigil inside the Chinese-occupied territory. The latest intrusion was in addition to the 35-odd personnel who were already based in the Chumar area, the India Today report cited the sources as saying.

The Chinese soldiers wanted the Indian Army to withdraw from the area but the latter did not agree and finally, the Chinese soldiers retreated on Thursday night, the India Today report said.

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