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No territory ceded under the separation pact with China: MEA | India News


NEW DELHI: India said on Thursday that it has not ceded any territory as part of the separation agreement with China and claimed that it has rather enforced the royal line of control (LAC) to avoid any unilateral change in the status quo.
In an online press conference here, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that there has been no change in India’s position on LAC and that mutual redistribution as a result of the disengagement process should not be misrepresented.
When asked about the recent agreement on the de-escalation process in the Pangong Lake area of ​​Ladakh, he said that the factual position has been very well conveyed by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and in a statement from the Defense Ministry, which said which was intended to set the record straight in the face of certain misleading and misinformed comments that appeared in the media.
“… India has not ceded territory as a result of this agreement. On the contrary, it has enforced compliance and respect for LAC and has prevented any unilateral change in the status quo,” said Srivastava.
Last week, the armies of the two countries that have been locked in a clash in eastern Ladakh concluded the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Tso in the high-altitude region.
However, problems remain. During the talks, it emerged that India insisted on a faster disengagement process in areas such as Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang to reduce tension in the region.
Asked about a UK court ruling on the extradition of fugitive businessman Nirav Modi, Srivastava said the government will contact British authorities for his early extradition.

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