Quashing media reports, the Indian Army on Wednesday in an official statement denied the claim of Arunachal Pradesh BJP MP Tapir Gao that the Chinese troops intruded into the state and constructed a bridge over a stream in Anjaw district.
“The area being referred to in the media report on ‘some electronic channels’, is the area of Fish Tail. There is a differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as in many other areas,” the Army statement said.
“The terrain is thickly vegetated and all movements are undertaken on foot along Nalas and streams,” the statement further said.
“During monsoons whenever the Nalas is in spates, temporary bridges are constructed by the patrols for their movement,” the statement further added.
“Being an area of differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area. In addition, civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent here during summer months,” the statement added.
It further stated that there is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area and surveillance is maintained by the Indian Army.
“India and China have well established diplomatic and military mechanisms to address all issues in our border areas,” the statement said.
“The two sides agree that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in all areas of India-China border areas as a prerequisite to smooth development of overall bilateral relations,” it further added.
“Both countries have also agreed to work towards a fair reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the boundary question on the basis of the 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles,” the statement added.