Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ladakh on Friday amid the ongoing border standoff with China in the eastern part of the union territory seems to have rattled Beijing.
As PM Modi reviewed the security situation in Nimu and interacted with security personnel there, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that India should not take any action that may escalate the situation.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson at the Chinese foreign ministry, underlined that both the countries have been engaged in negotiations to lower the temperatures.
“India and China are in communication and negotiations on lowering the temperatures through military and diplomatic channels. No party should engage in any action that may escalate the situation at this point,” Zhao told a press briefing.
The Chinese reaction came after PM Modi landed in Leh early this morning, just days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese armies in eastern Ladakh left 20 Indian soldiers martyred and an unspecified number of troops on the other side dead.
In Leh, at a forward location at Nimu, the PM interacted with the personnel of the Army, Air Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Modi is being accompanied to Leh by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.
PM Modi was also briefed by senior Army officers at Nimu, including by Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps that mans the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
In his monthly “Mann ki Baat” radio address on Sunday, the PM had said that the Indian soldiers had given a befitting reply to those who had eyed Indian territory in Ladakh.
Asserting that India honours the spirit of friendship, the PM also stressed that the country is capable of giving an appropriate response to any adversary.