Saturday, May 30, 2020

India denies China’s claims of violating LAC

The Indian government has denied China's claims that India is carrying out any activity in violation of the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim.

New Delhi, May 22: Even as the entire world is struggling to combat the coronavirus pandemic, China, which is allegedly responsible for creating the COVID-19 outbreak, is engaged in a host of territorial conflicts with several neighbouring nations.

Several countries including the USA have accused China of creating the COVID-19 virus in in a laboratory in Wuhan and spreading across the world.

At first, China gave the world a devastating epidemic like the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought the world to the brink of a great economic depression.

After that, the dragon is plotting a new conspiracy against its neighbors. China has started increasing its military strength along the borders of all neighboring countries like Taiwan, Vietnam and India, which is disturbing the world as to what new moves China is trying to make during the COVID-19 epidemic.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has had several confrontations with the Indian Army in Sikkim and Ladakh over the last few days.

One of these incidents witnessed a physical confrontation in the Nathu La region of northern Sikkim where an Indian Army lieutenant punched and smashed the nose of a PLA major. Seven PLA soldiers were injured in that confrontation.

China has also objected to what it termed as unauthourised construction by in along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Indian government has denied China’s claims that India is carrying out any activity in violation of the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim.

“Any suggestion that Indian troops had undertaken activity across the LAC in the Western Sector or the Sikkim sector is not accurate,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava told media during a virtual press briefing.

All Indian activities, he said, “are entirely on the Indian side of the LAC. In fact, it is Chinese side that has recently undertaken activity hindering India’s normal patrolling patterns”.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has erected a sizeable number of tents in the Galwan Valley of the Union Territory of Ladakh – an area over which India is sensitive about since the showdown in the 1962 war. In the first week of May, 250 Indian and Chinese soldiers clashed with iron rods, sticks, and even resorted to stone-pelting in the Pangong Tso lake area.

In the second week of May, around 150 soldiers of both sides had a face-off near Naku La Pass in Sikkim. In both the incidents, soldiers sustained injuries. Both India and China have now deployed addition troops both in tense areas of Galwan valley, Pangong Tso lake and several areas in northern Sikkim.

The spokesperson said that Indian troops are fully familiar with the alignment of the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas and abide by it scrupulously.

The Indian side has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management, Srivastava said adding that the government at the same time, is deeply committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and security.

The Indian troops strictly follow the procedures laid down in various bilateral agreements and protocols to resolve any situations which may arise due to difference in the perception of the LAC.

The spokesperson said India and China have established mechanisms to resolve such situations peacefully through dialogue. Both sides remain engaged with each other to address any immediate issues, he added.

Recalling that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, in their meeting at Chennai last year, had agreed to resolve such issues through dialogue, the spokesperson said Indian side remains firmly committed to work for the common objective of maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas.

“This is an essential prerequisite to the further development of Indian-China bilateral relations,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Indian armed forces accused Chinese’s People’s Liberation Army of blocking patrols and unnecessarily erecting tents and deploying forces at Sikkim and Ladakh inside Indian territory on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

It all started after Chinese Army objected to India constructing a critical road near north of Pangong Tso (lake) on its side in eastern Ladakh. The Chinese side then suddenly started increasing the deployment over the region, which led to a face-off.

 

The Indian side clearly maintains that it is building the road link in its area in the same way as the Chinese side has done in the area under its control.

The two sides disengaged in Ladakh on May 6, a day after the troops came to blows. However, the situation remains tense, sources said.

The Chinese troops have increased their deployment in the Galwan Valley, far away from Pangong Tso (lake), which is also a face-off point.

To resolve the issue, top Indian military officers and Chinese counterparts are in talks. But Indian forces have maintained that construction work on the Indian side will continue.

Indian Army officially said that there were two incidents of face-off, which were marked by “aggressive behaviour by both sides,” resulting in minor injuries to troops, after which both sides disengaged after dialogue and interaction at local levels.

Reacting to the development, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday claimed that “the Indian Army crossed the line across the western section of the Sino-Indian border and the Sikkim section to enter the Chinese territory”.

 

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