India China Border News: India rejects China’s accusations that Indian troops invaded LAC | India News
NEW DELHI: India said Thursday that China was hampering normal patrols of its troops along the Current Line of Control in Ladakh and Sikkim and strongly rejected Beijing’s accusations that Indian forces invaded the Chinese side.
The foreign affairs ministry said that all Indian activities have been carried out on its side of the border and that India has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management. At the same time, he said that India was deeply committed to protecting its sovereignty and security.
Several areas in North Ladakh and Sikkim witnessed a significant military build-up by Indians and Chinese in recent days, in a clear sign of mounting tension and the tightening of respective positions by the two sides, including two weeks after being involved in two separate clashes.
On Tuesday, China accused the Indian Army of invading its territory, alleging that it was an “attempt to unilaterally change the state” of the Current Line of Control (LAC) in Sikkim and Ladakh.
“Any suggestion that Indian troops had undertaken activities in LAC in the western sector or the Sikkim sector is not exact. Indian troops are completely familiar with the alignment of the Current Line of Control in the India-China border areas and scrupulously abide by it, “MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said at an online news conference.
He said that all Indian activities were entirely on the Indian side of LAC.
“In fact, it is the Chinese side that has recently undertaken activities that hinder India’s normal patrol patterns. The Indian side has always taken a very responsible approach to border management,” Srivastava said.
“At the same time, we are deeply committed to ensuring the sovereignty and security of India.
Indian troops strictly follow the procedures established in various bilateral agreements and protocols to resolve any situation that may arise due to the difference in the perception of LAC, “he said.
Without elaborating, the MEA spokesman said both sides were committed to addressing any immediate problems.
“The two sides have established mechanisms to resolve these situations peacefully through dialogue. Both sides remain committed to each other to address any immediate problems,” he said.
Amid mounting tension between the two ideas, the United States said on Wednesday that the latest border dispute in Ladakh was a reminder of the threat China poses.
China on Thursday dismissed as “nonsense” the comments of Alice Wells, the outgoing director of the Central and South Asia office at the US State Department.
Local commanders on both sides are known to have held at least three meetings in recent days to ease tension, but there was no positive outcome from the exchanges.
Sources said a senior government official was in contact with Beijing as both sides tried to resolve the problem.
“In accordance with the consensus reached in Chennai, the Indian side remains firmly committed to working towards the common goal of maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas. This is an essential prerequisite for further development of bilateral relations between India. and China, “said Srivastava.
Sources said that Chinese troops significantly increased their presence in areas around Pangong Tso Lake and the Galwan Valley, and even brought a considerable number of additional boats to the lake.
The two sides have also brought additional troops to places like Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie, the sources said.
Sources said the Chinese side has erected at least 40-50 tents in the Galwan Valley area, after which India has also sent reinforcements to hold a hawk-eye vigil in the area.
The sources said that the Chinese side had taken a strong exception to India which undertook the construction of a key highway around the Galwan River. India maintains that the area where the highway and a bridge were being built belonged to the Indian side.
On May 5, around 250 members of the Indian and Chinese army personnel clashed with iron rods, sticks and even resorted to throwing stones in the Pangong Tso Lake area where soldiers on both sides suffered injuries.
In a separate incident, about 150 Indian and Chinese military clashed near Naku La Pass in the Sikkim sector on May 9. At least 10 soldiers on both sides suffered injuries.
Troops from India and China clashed in a 73-day standoff at the Doklam crossing in 2017, even raising fears of a war between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
The border dispute between India and China spans the 3,488-km Royal Control Line, the de facto border between the two countries.
China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of southern Tibet, while India disputes it.
Both sides have been asserting that, pending the final resolution of the boundary problem, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.
China has criticized the J-K reorganization in India and has particularly criticized New Delhi for making Ladakh a union territory. China claims various parts of Ladakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first informal summit in April 2018 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, months after the Doklam clash.
At the summit, the two leaders decided to issue “strategic guidance” to their armies to strengthen communications so that they can build trust and understanding.
Modi and Xi held their second informal summit in Mamallapuram, near Chennai, in October last year, with the aim of further expanding bilateral relations.