Chinese embassy urges India to immediately withdraw troops illegally trespassing border area

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Aerial photo taken on Aug. 3, 2019 shows a road along the Pangong Tso lake in Ngari, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. PHOTO: Xinhua/Jigme Dorje/File

NEW DELHI — The Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday urged India to immediately withdraw its troops illegally trespassing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and immediately halt any move that would escalate tensions.

In response to a media query on the China-India border situation, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in India Counselor Ji Rong said China has urged the Indian side to restrain its frontline troops and immediately end all provocative actions.

“On Aug. 31, Indian troops violated the consensus reached in previous multi-level engagements and negotiations between China and India, illegally trespassed the Line of Actual Control again at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and near the Reqin Pass in the western sector of China-India border, and conducted flagrant provocations, which again stirred tension in the border areas,” Ji said.

“India’s move has grossly violated China’s territorial sovereignty, seriously violated relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquility along the China-India border areas,” said the spokesperson.

Meanwhile, India’s External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday that Chinese troops had engaged in another provocative movement at the border despite ongoing bilateral talks between senior military officials to resolve tensions in the disputed Himalayan region of Ladakh.

“Even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action,” the ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement.

Due to “timely defensive action,” the Indian side has been able to halt China’s attempts to “unilaterally alter the status quo,” the statement said.

“The Indian side is firmly committed to resolve all outstanding issues along the LAC (Line of Actual Control) in the western sector through peaceful dialogue. In this context, we expect the Chinese side to sincerely abide by the understanding reached earlier and earnestly work with India to resolve the situation and to restore peace and tranquility in the border areas,” it added.–Xinhua /Kyodo

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