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Another Chinese 'incursion' at Sikkim border

June 20, 2008

Times of India
June 19, 2008

NEW DELHI -- Despite having implicitly accepted Sikkim to be a part
of India earlier, China continues to undertake "incursions" across
the LAC into the tiny north-eastern state.

The latest "incursion" by Chinese troops took place on Monday, with a
vehicle-mounted patrol crossing almost one km into Indian territory
in Sikkim's northernmost tip known as the "finger area", to which
Beijing is now laying claim despite New Delhi's position that the
Sikkim border question is "settled".

As first reported by TOI in April, China has stepped up "incursions"
across the 206-km border between Sikkim and Tibet since the beginning
of this year, with around 65 such episodes recorded since January now.

India is used to incursions by Chinese troops across the 4,057-km LAC
in all the three sectors — western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand,
Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) — in a bid to strengthen
China's claim over disputed areas and ensure New Delhi does not
change its Tibet policy.
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