China’s claims on Galwan Valley exaggerated: India

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

Terming China’s claims on the Galwan valley as exaggerated and untenable, India on Thursday mentioned it was vital to make sure on the earliest full disengagement of the troops alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in addition to de-escalation within the depth areas.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) took on its Chinese counterpart who had quoted his Foreign Minister and Special Representative (SR) for Border Affairs Wang Yi as saying the appropriate and improper of what occurred within the Galwan valley was “very clear’’. Simultaneously, Beijing had sought to suggest that it has possession over the Galwan valley the place 20 Indian troopers died in a conflict with Chinese troops on June 15.

At the identical time, the MEA mentioned it was hopeful that dialogue between diplomatic and navy officers of either side will take ahead the method of disengagement and de-escalation as agreed to by the SRs. An important position will likely be performed by the following assembly of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) which will likely be held quickly.

Addressing a press convention, MEA spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava mentioned India’s SR, NSA Ajit Doval had categorically conveyed India’s place on the latest developments alongside the LAC, together with within the Galwan valley space. “The NSA emphasised on this context that the Indian troops had at all times taken a really accountable method in direction of border administration. And on the similar time, our forces have been deeply dedicated to making sure India’s sovereignty and safety,’’ he added, implying that Doval had indicated that Indians have been in a defensive and reactive mode.  

During their dialog, the 2 SRs agreed that peace and tranquility in border areas have been important for the general growth of bilateral relations. In this regard, Shrivastava reminded that additionally they shared the view that it was vital to make sure on the earliest full disengagement of the troops alongside the LAC and de-escalation within the India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols.

One of the important thing provisions of those bilateral agreements is the dedication by two sides to strictly respect and observe the LAC, he mentioned whereas refuting “some inaccurate and uninformed feedback concerning the disengagement course of and its implications’’ which included “exaggerated and untenable’’ latest Chinese claims to the Galwan valley space.

The MEA additionally reiterated that it was “convinced” of the necessity to keep peace and tranquility within the border areas and resolve variations by dialogue. At the identical time, “we’re additionally strongly dedicated to making sure India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,’’ it reminded.


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