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Maintain bilateral pacts on LAC: India to China | India News

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NEW DELHI: Following the assertion by a US panel that China planned the violent Galwan clash, India again on Thursday underscored the importance of all bilateral agreements and protocols, including the 1993 and 1996 agreements, saying that the central issue it is the need for both India and China to follow these for the maintenance of peace and tranquility throughout LAC.
The government also recalled that India had told China days after the Galwan clashes on June 15 that it was a premeditated and planned attack by Chinese troops. With the LAC situation still unresolved, India also reiterated that the two countries had agreed to have another round of meetings between senior commanders at the right time.
The US Security and Economic Review Commission, in a report to the US Congress, had accused China of intensifying its “campaign of coercion” against neighbors and of planning Galwan clashes, including the possibility of deaths.
When asked about the report, MEA recalled his statement after the conversation between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on June 17, two days after clashes in which 20 Indian soldiers gave their lives. while protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
According to the statement, Jaishankar had conveyed to Wang that even though the two sides had reached an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation, the Chinese took premeditated and planned actions that were directly responsible for the resulting violence and victims. It reflected an intention to change the facts on the ground in violation of all of our agreements not to change the status quo, he said. Jaishankar had also asked troops from both sides to abide by bilateral agreements and protocols.
“I want to emphasize that the central issue continues to be that both parties must strictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety, including the 1993 and 1996 agreement on maintaining peace and tranquility throughout LAC in border areas. ”Said the MEA spokesperson. Anurag Srivastava, recalling India’s June 17 statement.
The agreements, as the official said, require that no troops accumulate, that each side strictly abide by and respect the LAC and not take any unilateral action to alter it. Regarding the unresolved confrontation of LAC, the government said that the two parties continued to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels with the aim of guaranteeing complete disconnection at all points of friction throughout LAC in the western sector and total restoration of peace and quiet.
“Both sides agreed to have another round of senior commanders meeting at the appropriate time,” the spokesman said.

Times of India

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