NEW DELHI, India: India is believed to have moved extra troops to its disputed mount a in border with China in the past few months, Press reports here said.
Quoting informed sources, the reports said India shifted four divisions — 60,000 troops — from peacetime locations to border areas.
India also moved an extra division into Bhutan, where 45,000 Indian troops are already stationed. Bhutan, tiny sovereign nation bordering both India and China, has a defense treaty with India.
The Sino Indian frontier, interrupted by Nepal and Bhutan runs for about 3800 km. In 1962, the two sides clashed along the border in what is now the state of Arunachal Pradesh in far northeastern India, and in far northwestern Kashmir state.
This year, after India upgraded the disputed area of northeastern Arunchal Pradesh from a territory to an Indian state, the Chinese began complaining of Indian intrusions into their land.
Chinese officials have acknowledged that there have been minor clashes but say reports of an impending war are exaggerated.
In the seven rounds of talks that began in December 1981, no agreement has been reached so far. New border talks are expected later this year.
Meanwhile, Indian Defense Ministry on June 1 appointed Lt. Gen. V.N. Sharma, an expert in mountain warfare, as chief of the eastern command facing the Chinese frontier.
The Ministry has also put on alert two special forces designed to tackle intrusions from frontline defenses positions in the Himalayan foothills.
One is the special service branch, which has units in almost all villages and towns along the frontier.
PEKING: China marked the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of war with Japan, saying ties between them were good but also saying its neighbor created obstacles to further friendship.
MANILA: The Philippine government will file civil charges against ousted President Ferdinand Marcos next month to try to recover five billion dollars alleged to be stashed away around the world.
TOKYO: The world’s first 24 hour television channel based entirely on direct satellite broadcasting was launched at the weekend in Japan. While some Japanese question whether it is worth the huge costs involved, the State-run broad casting corporation is convinced that it will help usher in a new era of television.
MANILA: Communist rebels, after weekend of successes, say more attacks will be mounted against those it regards as enemies. Army, meanwhile, says it believes rebels are losing strength.
MADRID: Three people were injured when a car with Iranian diplomatic plates exploded in a residential suburb in North Madrid, a government spokesman said.
He said the three injured, including the driver, had been taken to hospital.
SINGAPORE: Singapore say a law will come into effect this month that will authorize doctors to remove the kidneys of people who die in accidents.
KARACHI: Pakistani opposition parties held a “Black Day” of protest to mark the 10th anniversary of the coup that brought President Mohammad ZiaulHaq to power. In Lahore, seven people were killed and at least 50 injured when three bombs exploded within 10 minutes of each other, police said.
WASHINGTON: Lt. Gol. Oliver North said today he never discussed with President Reagan the diversion of Iran arms sales profits to help the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, but he told a Congressional hearing he assumed President had authorized the diversion.
PEKING: Chinese leaders formally opened a gruesome war museum on the eve of the 50th anniversary of China’s war with Japan and urged Japan not to let history repeat itself.
ISLAMABAD: Japan and Pakistan signed an aid agreement for project and commodity loans totaling 34 billion yen (230 million dollars), a Japanese Embassy spokesman said.
DHAKA: Bangladesh has launched a 134million dollar five-year afforestation plan that it says will shield the country from national disasters.
PEKING: At least nine children were killed and 17 seriously injured when a landslide hit a school in a mountainous region of Southern China last week, the China Daily said.
It quoted the Guangzhou evening news as saying that 74 pupils were temporarily buried when the landslide engulfed part of a primary school in Tong you village in the Guangxi.
Article extracted from this publication >> July 10, 1987