No intrusion by Chinese since 2010, says govt

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New Delhi, Aug 21: The BJP often slammed the previous UPA government at the Centre over its 'weak' foreign policy, citing frequent instances of border violation by Pakistan and China. But after coming to power in New Delhi, the saffron party decided to play down the reported intrusions.

In a reply to the Parliament question last week, the Union Home Ministry said there has not been a single intrusion by the People's Liberation Army personnel since 2010 and described the reported incursions by "transgressions", a Times of India report said on Wednesday.

According to the government, a total of 1,612 "transgressions" occurred between January 2010 and August 2014 and they occurred because of a difference in perception of the Line of Actual Control between the two sides.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Lal Panchariya that no intrusion reportedly took place on the India-China border, including Sikkim, in the last five years, the report added.

What is the difference between intrusion and transgression?

According to the home ministry, while the former meant that the Chinese troops crossed over to the Indian territory and remained there, transgression implied that they had entered the Indian side of the LAC only to retreat.

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