India and China prevented a Doklam-like face-off and have resolved the intrusion incident in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tuting area following a Border Personnel Meeting between the two sides. The report was relayed to the media by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday. “The Tuting incident has been resolved. A Border Personnel Meeting between the two sides in Arunachal two days ago had resolved the issue,” Rawat was quoted as saying by PTI.
On December 26 the Indian Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) foiled a Chinese attempt to build a track on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Tuting area of Arunachal Pradesh. While the Chinese workers were told to return to their side of the LAC, their road construction equipment was seized.
The Army Chief said in the meeting China had agreed to stop road-construction activity across the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal. Subsequently, the Indian troops returned the two earth excavators and other equipment seized from the Chinese workers.
In an address at an event on modernisation of the armed forces, Gen. Rawat said future wars would be fought on difficult terrains and circumstances and the forces would have to be prepared for them. His comments were seen as an apparent reference to China.
Days after the end of the Doklam standoff, the Army chief had said India should be prepared for a two-front war, noting that China had started “flexing its muscles”. He had also said, “Future wars will be fought in difficult terrains and circumstances. We have to be prepared for them.'
The incident came nearly four months after the end of the 73-day Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector. Meanwhile, Rawat said, “There is a major reduction in the Chinese troop strength'.