Ladakh standoff results of China’s transfer to alter establishment, says MEA

New Delhi, December 11

The standoff at Ladakh was a result of China’s action to change status quo, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

 The Ministry of External Affairs said at a Friday briefing that “three Chinese actions along LAC are in violation of bilateral agreements and protocols on ensuring peace and tranquillity in border areas”.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava who addressed the weekly press briefing however did not elaborate what these actions were. 

“China sought to effect unilateral change in status along LAC in eastern Ladakh,” the MEA said. “The core issue was that both sides must abide by various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety.”

The MEA said that diplomatic- and military-level talks continue between the two countries to resolve the standoff.

 “We took note of China’s statement it strictly observes bilateral agreements and is committed to resolve border issue through talks.  We expect that Chinese side will match words with actions,” Srivastava said.

“Two sides have continued to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels. It is our expectation further discussions will help both sides achieve an agreement on a mutually acceptable solution.”

The remarks that come a day after China blamed India for the esclalated tensions and the continuing impasse at eastern Ladakh between India and China. — Agencies 


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