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Is India soft towards China?
Chinese troops are said to have entered 25 to 30 km deep into Ladakh's Burtse area, located at an altitude of 17,000 feet, and are still present there. However the Indian Army has denied any such transgression from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
It has been reported that a patrol of Indian troops noticed PLA (People's Liberation Army) personnel on Sunday while moving from their base towards the higher New Patrol base post in Burtse, North Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

There is a significant difference in the perception of Line of Actual Control between China and India, and ranges on an average of 20 km. The reported incursion area is adjacent to Daulat Beg Oldie, where the standoff took place last year as well.

In case of Pakistan, the Modi government has taken a tough stand by calling foreign secretary- level talks. But in case of Chinese intrusion, there is no response either from the Indian Government, or from the Indian Army.

Merinews.com talked to few Foreign Policy Experts about, India's soft stand towards China.

Natwar Singh, Former Minister of External Affairs said, "These are two separate issues, the nature and relationship between two countries are different. I think the Chinese Foreign Minister has been here, and was the first person to come here, after Modi took over. The relations are good and it will improve when he (Modi) goes to China."

Salman Kurshid, former Cabinet Minister of the Ministry of External Affairs said that the government is dealing with the neighboring countries strategically. "I won't call it soft, I think Government of India has responded appropriately to the challenges it has faced from its immediate neighbourhood. You cannot compare one with the other, whatever is appropriate, at a given time and given the structure of relationship with the other country, that has been the case. The new government is continuing to negotiate on matters that are of mutual interest, specially the border alignment, for mutually beneficial traits and economic benefits."

Parikshit Singh Manhas, an Indian Defence Expert, said that India is not reacting now, because it has still not confirmed the intrusion. "India is progressing, obviously its not seen appropriately if India plays very aggressive because of the fact that there might be nothing. There might be just a mole and you will make a mountain out of it."

He also appreciated Modi's style of governance. "So, it is good that India is opening up and the best part is, if you look at Modi's style, the way he is working, building up relationships with the SAARC countries, he is trying to influence everybody, who is around China. So, I would say that India is approaching cautiously with a proper game plan."

Manhas also added, "India should try to work through different angles, the way they are doing presently is a very good thing. But one thing, which I am not seeing, very emphatically going on these days is the 'diplomatic talks'. So India should work aggressively on border issues and should not give any leverage to any of our neighbours and simultaneously work on diplomatic channel also."

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