Even as India and China are facing their worst standoff at Doklam, reports indicate that Chinese border force had entered one kilometer into India’s border in the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. The Chinese incursion had occurred earlier this week, but it has been reported to the media today only. Sources said that a team of Chinese troops entered one kilometer into India’s territory, where they threatened some local shepherds who were going on with their daily routine of looking after their livestock. The Chinese soldiers forced the shepherds to vacate the land even when they were Indians in their own territory, doing their everyday work of grazing their cattle.
When the matter was reported to authorities, a team of ITBP personnel reached the location, but by the time they reached the spot, the Chinese soldiers had already left the area. It may be recalled that the Barahoti area has been regularly targeted by Chinese troops and several incursions have been reported in the past. Barahoti is an open pasture area spread across several square kilometers. While most reported incursions were through land, an air incursion was also reported in the area earlier this month. China has been getting increasingly aggressive in its confrontations with India and yesterday, Chinese president Xi Jinping upped the rhetoric by saying that China can defeat any army that dares to attack it.