China on Friday said India was responsible for the current tension along the border. The responsibility lies entirely with India, China said hours after a meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Gen. Wei Fenghe in Moscow.
The meeting between Singh and Fenghe was the first highest-level face-to-face contact between the two sides after an escalation in tensions in May over the border. The two-hour-long meeting was aimed at resolving the border standoff.
“The cause and truth of the current tension on the border between China and India are very clear, and the responsibility lies entirely with India,” the Chinese government said in a statement.
Media reports quoted China as saying that its territory cannot be lost and that the Chinese military is ‘fully determined, capable, and confident to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.’
Warns of unnecessary provocation
China asked the Indian side to strictly abide by the series of agreements reached by the two sides and refrain from provoking the current line of actual control.
China said India needs to refrain from any actions that may cause the situation to heat up and should not deliberately hype and spread negative information.
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Media reports said India strongly objected to Chinese army’s fresh attempts to change the status quo in the southern bank of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.
India wanted restoration of status quo at all friction points in eastern Ladakh, media quoted sources as saying.
What is the latest stand-off about
India and China found themselves again in a stand-off after the latter unsuccessfully attempted to occupy Indian territory in the southern bank of Pangong lake five days ago.
This happened even as the two countries were engaged in diplomatic and military talks to resolve the prolonged border row.
Several strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong lake are occupied by India. It also strengthened its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas in the region to thwart any Chinese actions.
China has objected to India’s move. However, India has maintained that the strategic heights are on its side of the LAC.
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