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In a further escalation of tensions, India and China on Monday accused each other of violating a "consensus" reached between the two sides after recent clashes on the border in the Ladakh region, Anadolu News Agency reported.

The Indian Defense Ministry statement said that its troops thwarted "provocative military movements" in border areas of the Himalayan region where the two countries have witnessed a heightened face-off since this May.

"On the night of 29/30 August 2020, PLA [People's Liberation Army of China] troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo," said the statement .

However, the China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) accused the Indian side of committing violations.

"Chinese troops are taking necessary measures in response to Indian troops' provocations and will closely follow the situation and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, peace and stability at the border area," the PLA's Western Theater Command said, according to China's state-run Global Times.

The PLA said Indian troops had "violated the consensus" reached at multi-level talks between India and China and "again crossed the Line of Actual Control [LAC]" at the border on Monday and purposely launched provocations.

India also said that a brigade commander-level flag meeting is in progress at Chushul, Ladakh to resolve the issues. "Indian troops pre-empted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwarted Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground," the Indian Defense Ministry said.

"The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through dialogue, but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity."

China claims territory in India's northeast, while New Delhi accuses Beijing of occupying its territory in the Aksai Chin plateau in the Himalayas, including part of the Ladakh region

The Galwan Valley, which is part of the disputed Ladakh region, is located on the Chinese side of the actual control line in the western section of the Sino-Indian border. And Chinese soldiers have patrolled the area for many years, according to China's Defense Ministry.

On June 15, troops from the two sides fought hand-to-hand combat in which 20 Indian troops were killed.

New Delhi and Beijing have blamed each other for the latest frontier tensions between the two sides who fought a border war in 1962 and have been involved in regular showdowns since.

The Chinese and Indian militaries have poured tens of thousands of troops into the region since the June fighting. But their military and diplomatic talks on easing tensions are in an apparent stalemate.

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