LAC standoff: India blames China for breach of all agreements

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune information Service

New Delhi, September 15

India on Tuesday blamed China for being in breach of all agreements and for inflicting the resultant navy standoff alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made an announcement in Lok Sabha at three pm saying India was able to resolve the difficulty by means of dialogue however added “the House can be assured that we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies… No one should doubt our determination to safeguard our borders”.

He referred to the Galwan incident of June 15 saying, “Our brave soldiers inflicted costs, including casualties on the Chinese side.”

Chinese actions mirror a disregard of our numerous bilateral agreements, mentioned Rajnath Singh and apportioned blame on China. “The amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 Agreements. Respecting and strictly observing the LAC is the basis for peace and tranquillity in the border areas and explicitly recognised in both 1993 and 1996 agreements.”

“Indian armed forces abide by it; this has not been reciprocated by the Chinese side. Their actions have led to face-offs and frictions from time to time along the LAC,” the Minister instructed the Lok Sabha.

The agreements have procedures and norms to cope with the state of affairs of face-offs.  However, within the latest incidents, this yr, the violent conduct of Chinese forces has been in full violation of all mutually agreed norms, he mentioned.

As of now, the Chinese aspect has mobilised numerous troops and armaments alongside the LAC in addition to within the depth areas. There are a number of friction areas in Eastern Ladakh, together with Gogra, Kongka La and North and South Banks of the Pangong Tso. In response to China’s actions, Indian armed forces have additionally made acceptable counter deployments, he mentioned.

Referring to his assembly along with his counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Moscow on September four and the next assembly between the international Ministers of India and China, Rajnath Singh mentioned “we want to resolve the current situation through dialogue, we have maintained diplomatic and military engagement with the Chinese side”.

In these discussions, India has maintained the three key rules that, decide our strategy: Firstly, either side ought to strictly respect and observe the LAC; secondly, neither aspect ought to try to change the established order of the LAC unilaterally; and thirdly, all agreements and understandings between the 2 sides a lot be totally abided by of their entirety. 

The Chinese aspect additionally conveyed that the difficulty be dealt with in a accountable method to make sure peace and tranquillity as per bilateral agreements and protocol.

The two sides have reached an settlement that, if carried out sincerely and faithfully by the Chinese aspect, might result in full disengagement and restoration of peace and tranquillity within the border areas.

Referring to the latest incidents alongside the southern financial institution of the Pangong Tso, a 135 km glacial-melt lake, Rajnath Singh mentioned the Chinese aspect engaged in provocative navy manoeuvers on the evening of August 29 and 30 in an try to alter the established order. “Timely and firm action by our armed forces along the LAC prevented such attempts from succeeding.”

Our armed forces have maintained “restraint” within the face of provocative actions, they’ve additionally equally displayed “bravery” when required to.

Differentiating from previous such stand-offs, Rajnath Singh mentioned prior to now too “we have had situations of prolonged stand-offs in our border areas with China which have been resolved peacefully. Even though the situation this year is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, we do remain committed to the peaceful resolution of the current situation”.

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