Chinese troops spotted in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh: Report

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The presence of Chinese troops is not only limited to Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh, but as per reports the patrols of  Peoples Liberation Army are being intercepted in areas of  Uttatrakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The Quint quoting unnamed officials reported that Thuraya satellite phones used by the Chinese have been intercepted to be within Indian territory in other sectors.

“Last week, India intercepted the presence of Chinese patrols in Shipki La twice. This region, a mountain pass, falls in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and runs to Ngari Prefecture in Tibet. Both the times they were at least 15 kilometres inside the Indian territory,” the report noted.

Apart from that, Chinese transgression into the Indian side was also intercepted in Barahoti, Uttarakhand, “It needs to be remembered that the same Barahoti area was in news because of Chinese incursion in 2018 as well. At least three Chinese incursions were attempted in 2018 along this border. PLA soldiers were located four kilometres inside the Indian side in August 2018,” the report by the web portal points out.

Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Leh said that bravery is a pre-requisite for peace and that those who are weak can never initiate peace, Indian Express reported.

He also said that the era of expansionism is over, and history is proof that expansionists have “either lost or were forced to turn back”.

Mr. Modi, who arrived this morning in Leh, Ladakh, to review the ongoing border conflict, said: “The age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History is witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to turn back.”

The Prime Minister was meeting the soldiers who were injured in the violent Galwan clashes, as well as the local military leadership, when he made the remark. Twenty Indian Army personnel had lost their lives in the faceoff last month.

Addressing the soldiers, Mr. Modi said: “Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today. When the safety of the country is in your hands, then there is a belief. Not only me, but the entire nation believes in you and is not worried. You inspire every citizen to work day and night. Our resolve for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) has become stronger because of you and your strong resolve. The valor shown by you has shown India’s strength on the global front.”

 He added: “India’s enemies have seen your fire and fury. Those who are weak can never initiate peace. Bravery is a pre-requisite for peace. Your will power is as strong and firm as Himalayas; the whole country is proud of you.”

 Twenty Indian Army personnel had lost their lives in the faceoff in Galwan last month.

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