India-China troops face off in Ladakh over a canal

ndian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in Ladakh’s Demchok area — a region that lies along the Sino-India border and site of previous Chinese incursions — over the construction of an irrigation canal. Armed Chinese troops allegedly marched into the Indian territory in Ladakh and stopped the construction of a canal over the last two days but the Indian army has denied incursion reports.

What is the issue?

Local administration is constructing an irrigation canal under the MNREGA scheme to link a village with the ‘Hot Spring’ in Demchok, 250 kms east of Leh. And the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops reportedly stopped the construction of the canal after entering the Indian territory by crossing over the Line of Actual Control(LAC). According to reports, over 50 PLA soldiers halted the construction of an irrigation canal claiming that permission had to be obtained for such an endeavour.

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