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Ladakh Move Thwarted, China Claims Indian Army ‘Trespassed’ Across LAC on Pangong Lake Bank

An Indian Army truck crosses Chang la pass near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region, India. (AP File Photo)

An Indian Army truck crosses Chang la pass near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region, India. (AP File Photo)

China’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo on the Pangong lake was the first major incident in the area after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

After the Indian Army thwarted a provocative Chinese army movement in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese embassy claimed that Indian troops “illegally trespassed” across the Line of Actual Control on the southern bank of Pangong lake.

China’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo on the Pangong lake was the first major incident in the area after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed.

“On August 31st, Indian troops violated the consensus reached in previous multi-level engagements and negotiations between China and India, illegally trespassed the Line of Actual Control again at the southern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake and near the Reqin Pass in the western sector of China-India border, and conducted flagrant provocations…” the Chinese embassy statement claimed.

“What India has done runs counter to the efforts made by both sides for a period of time to ease and cool down the situation on the ground, and China is resolutely opposed to this. China has made solemn representations to the Indian side, urged the Indian side to strictly control and restrain its frontline troops… immediately withdraw its troops illegally trespassing the Line of Actual Control…” it added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the India-China boundary is yet to be demarcated due to which there will always be problems and the two countries should implement the consensuses between their leadership to not let differences from escalating into conflicts.

“The boundary between China and India has not yet been demarcated, so there will always be problems of this kind. We are ready to manage all kinds of issues through dialogue with the Indian side,” he said.

At the same time, these issues should be placed in their proper place in bilateral relations, he said, adding that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met many times and reached many important consensus.

“For example, instead of "the dragon and the elephant compete with each other", "the dragon and the elephant dance together", "1 plus 1 is not 2, but 11" and so on. These are all philosophical views,” he said.