Chinese troops “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” near Pangong lake of Ladakh on Saturday night, but were stopped by Indian troops.
According to sources, this occurred on the southern coast of Pangong Tso, which is of great importance as it is a new area. The government said the brigade commander-level meeting is in Chushul to relieve tension.
According to an army statement, incidents took place overnight between August 29 and 30.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers “violated the previous consensus during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh, and carried out provocative military movements to change the
“Indian troops prevented this PLA activity on the southern coast of Pengong Tso Lake, taking measures to thwart Chinese intentions to strengthen our positions and unilaterally change facts on the ground,” he said.
The statement said the military is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through negotiations, “but is equally determined to protect its territorial integrity”.
The deadlock over parts of Ladakh where the Chinese military camped earlier this year has not been resolved despite five rounds of talks between the militants of the two countries.
A week ago, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has “military options” if the results of military and diplomatic level talks with China do not come to fruition.
The standoff between India and China, which began in April-May, reached its peak on 15 June when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action in the Galvan valley.
Some 40 Chinese soldiers were killed or wounded in the conflict, although Beijing never confirmed the figures. The disagreements were agreed upon by both nations, but the withdrawal of troops is still not complete.
Chinese troops continue to occupy positions deep on the slopes along Finger 5 and on the slopes extending toward Finger 8, satellite images show. India believes that the Line of Actual Control lies on Finger 8, near Fort Khurnak, a landmark in the region. China believes LAC is on Finger 4 and has stopped patrolling Indian troops since April.
Last week, following harsh remarks by Foreign Minister S Jaishankar that the LAC’s deadlock along the Line of Actual Control was the most serious situation since 1962 (when India and China fought the war), China said differences needed to be resolved Out of peace.
This is certainly the most serious situation since 1962. In fact, after 45 years, we have suffered military casualties on this border. The amount of forces currently deployed by both sides on the LAC is also unprecedented,” said Mr. Jaishankar. Told Reddy.com. in an interview.
The Foreign Minister said that India has clearly told China that peace and tranquility in the border areas are the basis of relations between the two neighbors.