India on Friday blamed China for the clash in eastern Ladakh, criticizing the country once again for violating bilateral agreements, “as the stalemate moved into the new year with no progress in sight.
“The situation we have seen since the last six months has been the result of actions by the Chinese side that has sought to effect a unilateral change in status along the Royal Line of Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.” , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, said.
“These actions violate the bilateral agreements and protocol to guarantee peace and tranquility throughout LAC in the border areas between India and China,” he added.
Srivastava was responding to a question about new comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry again blaming India for the border situation.
“The central issue, as I mentioned last week, remains that both parties must strictly follow the various bilateral agreements and protocols in their entirety, including the 1993 and 1996 agreement on maintaining peace and tranquility throughout LAC. in the border areas, which demand that there be no accumulation of troops, each side must strictly abide and respect the LAC and must not take any unilateral action to alter it, “he said.
“We have taken note of the statement by the Chinese side that it strictly observes the agreements between the two sides and is committed to solving the border problem through dialogue and safeguarding peace and tranquility” in the border areas. Chinese side match their words with actions, “the official added.
“The two sides have continued to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels. We hope that future discussions will help both sides to reach an agreement on a mutually acceptable solution to ensure complete disconnection at all points of friction along LAC in the West Sector and full restoration of peace and tranquility as soon as possible, ”he said.
Tensions between the two countries have risen since June, when at least 20 Indian soldiers died after being attacked by Chinese troops with stones and clubs. Indian officials say Chinese troops had infiltrated across the disputed border into a remote valley. China said the actions of the Indian soldiers had been provocative.
Since then, nuclear-armed neighbors have deployed tens of thousands of troops to the rugged border between India’s Ladakh region and the China-controlled Tibetan Plateau, increasing the risk of further confrontation even as ways to reduce the burden are sought. climbing.