NEW DELHI – Dozens of Chinese soldiers have set up camp in a Himalayan region claimed by India, Indian government sources say, signaling a potential renewal of border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops entered Indian-claimed territory in eastern Ladakh and erected a camp on the night of April 15, the sources said.
Meanwhile, troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have set up a camp 300 meters from the tents pitched by the Chinese, the sources said.
New Delhi is confident it can settle the high-altitude territorial dispute “peacefully” through diplomatic channels, the government sources added.
India and China have an unresolved frontier dispute, and relations are often prickly and marked by mutual suspicion — a legacy of a brief border war in 1962 that was waged in Ladakh and in Arunachal Pradesh state.