New Delhi: China violated the understanding that both sides should desist from taking any provocative action or escalating matters and ensure peace and tranquility as per bilateral agreements and protocol and tried to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake through provocative military maneuvers in the late night of 29 and on 30 August.
The Indian Army responded to these provocative actions and took appropriate defensive measures along the LAC in order to safeguard India’s interests and defend the country’s territorial integrity.
On 31 August, 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. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo.
Responding to a media query on these developments in the India-China Border Areas, India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said:
“The actions and behavior of the Chinese side since earlier this year along the LAC has been in clear violation of the bilateral agreements and protocols concluded between the two countries to ensure peace and tranquility on the border. Such actions are also in complete disregard to the understandings reached between the two Foreign Ministers as also the Special Representatives.
We have taken up the matter of recent provocative and aggressive actions with Chinese side through both diplomatic and military channels and have urged them to discipline and control their frontline troops from undertaking such provocative actions.
The Indian side is firmly committed to resolve all outstanding issues along the LAC 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 the India to resolve the situation and to restore peace and tranquility in the border areas.”