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Does China eye Himachal after Ladakh stand-off?

Even as the PLA remains adamant against withdrawing its troops who intruded into Eastern Ladakh and BJP MP Tapir Gao indicates PLA intrusions in Arunachal Pradesh, China also appears to be eyeing the border of Himachal Pradesh with China Occupied Tibet (COT) with a view to create more mischief, as reported by News18.

China has no illegal claims in this area till now. Himachal Pradesh shares a 260 km border with COT which is quite porous. Of the total border length, 140 km is in Kinnaur District and 80 km of the border falls in Lahaul and Spiti District.

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After the June 15 clash between Indian Army and PLA in Galwan area, the Himachal Pradesh Police had issued an advisory to police chiefs of border districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti to institute precautionary measures to ensure security of the population and collect intelligence.

As per news reports of June 17, 2020, a police official requesting anonymity stated, “There is no suspicious activity along the border here so far.” ITBP manning the border sent a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that said, “By and large the situation is peaceful but there is a lot of movement of civilian vehicles.”

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