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China extends border dispute from Ladakh to Uttarakhand

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As China-India standoff continued in Ladakh, China has extended the dispute to Uttarakhand, the Central Sector of 3488-km-long Line of Actual Control that is divided into three sectors; viz Eastern, Central and Western.

The Chinese military has raised objections on a structure near the borders in Lipulekh area. Nepal had earlier objected to the new road to Lipulekh Pass, Indian Express said, adding:

On the contrary the Chinese side has built roads coming as near as about two hundred meters to the Lipulekh Pass where they have placed their communication and surveillance equipment.

Indian Army and Chinese Army clashed with fist fights at Naku la in Sikkim and Pangong Tso Lake at the beginning of last month and since then they are in standoff position in Eastern Ladakh. Chinese objected to Indian road construction at Finger Four and in Galwan Valley. Uttarakhand objection was raised subsequently, according to the Indian Express.

"This area has been peaceful but Chinese brought the issues after the May standoff in Ladakh and since the road to Lipulekh Pass on the Indian side was inaugurated on May 8," the paper quoted Indian sources as saying. The Chinese have increased their patrolling and we have matched it as required, told another source.

After the road was inaugurated, Nepal for the first time extended its claim from Kalapani to further include Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura as its territory and also objected to the road to Lipulekh Pass, gateway to Mansarovar.

The decade-old plan of 80-kilometre road link from Dharchula (Uttarakhand) to Lipulekh (17,060 ft high) was inaugurated by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on May 8.

India, China deploy Lt Gen-rank army officers to solve border row

India and China are deploying two Lieutenant General-rank officers for talks this week to resolve the ongoing standoff in Ladakh, stepping beyond established protocols as tensions on the border refuse to die down, Indian media reports said Thursday (June 4).

India's 14 Corps Commander will meet the chief of China's Southern Xinjiang Military District on June 6 in eastern Ladakh after the protocol in place where talks involve local tactical commanders failed to resolve the month-long border row, the reports added.

The Indian side is expected to present specific proposals at the talks to deescalate tension in Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Demchok -- the three areas in eastern Ladakh where the two sides have been on a bitter standoff for last one month, according to the Press Trust of India.

The two sides have already held at least 10 rounds of negotiations between local commanders as well as major general-rank officials of the two armies but the talks did not yield any positive result, the PTI said, adding:

Satellite images have captured significant ramping up of defense infrastructure by China on its side of the de-facto border including construction activities at a military airbase around 180 km from the Pangong Tso area.

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