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China’s Attempt to Unilaterally Alter Status Quo at LAC Not Acceptable, Rajnath Singh Tells Lok Sabha

Rajnath Singh addresses the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (Twitter/ANI)

Singh stated whereas India is absolutely decided to defend its borders, it has additionally by way of high-level conferences with Chinese counterparts proposed a number of measures that, if carried out, might de-escalate tensions on the LAC.

  • New Delhi
  • Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 11:52 PM IST


Briefing the Parliament in regards to the ongoing standoff between the 2 militaries in Ladakh, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday stated the Indian Army has repeatedly foiled China’s makes an attempt to alter the established order on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and that the Indian forces are absolutely geared and “prepared to deal with all contingencies”.

Singh stated whereas India is absolutely decided to defend its borders, it has additionally by way of high-level conferences with Chinese counterparts proposed a number of measures that, if carried out, might de-escalate tensions on the LAC. Talking in regards to the conduct of the Indian troops on the LAC, Singh stated, “Our brave soldiers laid down their lives and also inflicted costs including casualties on the Chinese side. Throughout, our soldiers behaved with composure where it was required and with valour where it was needed.”

Talking about “in-depth discussion” along with his Chinese counterpart on September four in Moscow, Singh stated that he had “conveyed in clear terms our concerns related to the actions of the Chinese side, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo that were in violation of the bilateral agreements”.

Singh added that at a gathering between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on September 10, “the two reached an agreement that, if implemented sincerely and faithfully by the Chinese side, could lead to complete disengagement and restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas”.

Singh stated China’s repeated makes an attempt to hold out provocative army actions in Ladakh whereas commanders of the armies of each nations have been engaged in dialogue to resolve the problem mirrored “a disregard of our various bilateral agreements”.

He knowledgeable each the homes of Parliament that “the Chinese side has mobilised a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the depth areas”. Singh stated there have been a number of “friction areas in Eastern Ladakh, including Gogra, Kongka La and North and South Banks of the Pangong Lake. In response to China’s actions, our armed forces have also made appropriate counter deployments in these areas to ensure that India’s security interests are fully protected”.

Singh stated India has maintained the three key rules which have decided its strategy in direction of resolving the problem in Ladakh: either side ought to strictly respect and observe the LAC; neither facet ought to try to change the established order unilaterally; all agreements and understandings between the 2 sides have to be absolutely abided by of their entirety.

Sharing a quick timeline in regards to the developments in Ladakh, Singh stated the Chinese Army in April pushed in plenty of armaments and troops, which was the primary signal of an escalation. The subsequent month, the PLA blocked regular and conventional patrolling of the Indian troops, resulting in a face-off. While the bottom commanders of each armies have been nonetheless speaking, China in Ladakh’s Western sector made a number of makes an attempt to transgress into the Indian facet in Kongka La, Gogra and Pangong Tso.

“Our forces gave a timely and appropriate response. We told China through diplomatic and military channels that such incidents were attempts to unilaterally change status quo. We made it clear that these attempts were unacceptable,” Singh stated.

In view of accelerating friction, he stated {that a} assembly was held on June 6 between the commanders from either side and it was agreed that by way of reciprocal actions disengagement can be tried. Both nations agreed that the LAC can be revered and no exercise can be accomplished to alter the established order. However, in violation of this settlement, China on June 15 bought right into a violent face-off with the Indian troops in Galwan.

Singh stated nobody ought to have any doubts in regards to the dedication of the Indian troops to safeguard the nation’s borders. “While no one should doubt our determination to safeguard our borders, India believes that mutual respect and mutual sensitivity are the basis for peaceful relations with neighbours,” he stated.

Even as these discussions have been happening, Singh stated that “the Chinese side again engaged in provocative military manoeuvers on the night of August 29 and August 30 in an attempt to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake. But yet again, timely and firm actions by our armed forces along the LAC prevented such attempts from succeeding”.

Singh stated as “this is still an ongoing situation and obviously involves sensitive operational issues. I would, therefore, not be able to give more details in public and I am confident about the understanding of the House in this regard”.

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