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Chinese troops attempt to bully India in Demchok over irrigation project

India is facing fresh trouble in the Eastern theatre as reports emerged that the Indian-Chinese face-off along the Line of Actual Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Indian Army have been confronted since Wednesday with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the Demchok region in Leh district.

According to The Hindu, the Indian security forces were dealing with about 50 Chinese troops who were standing ground and not heeding to the Indian request to go back.

The bullying Chinese soldiers were apparently sent across to halt an irrigation project that was set up to link a village with a hot spring under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

Reports are that the Chinese troops positioned themselves near the project, stayed from afternoon to night on Wednesday before returning again on Thursday morning.

Indo-Chinese face-off

Indo-Chinese face-off

The Chinese troops demanded that the project work should be stopped as they believe that both sides need permission of each other before starting anything like that.

India, however, refuted it, saying that as per the agreement between the two nations, information about constructional activities is require to share only if it pertains to defence matters.

Archived Video of India-Chinese Face-Off

This is not the first time that the Chinese have caused trouble in the region. In September 2014, it was reported that there was not only an eye-to-eye confrontation between the Chinese and the Indian troops in Demchok but also the Chinese civilians were brought in to display banners opposing India’s work on the MNREGA irrigation canal project.

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