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Ladakh Standoff: China says Indian troops illegally trespassed LAC

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China on Tuesday said that Indian troops "illegally trespassed" the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which "damaged" peace and tranquility along the border.

Indian troops intruded in the China-controlled Galwan Valley on August 31, which broke the promises and consensus reached by two sides after rounds of dialogue, Western Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili said in a statement.

Indian troops are responsible for the latest escalation, Zhang said, adding: "We demand India immediately withdraw troops that had illegally intruded the Chinese border, and urge the Indian side to stop all provocative actions and strictly control frontline troops to avoid further escalation."

The Chinese army is taking all necessary measures to cope with the situation and it will firmly defend China's sovereignty and territory, Zhang said.

Meanwhile a spokesperson of Chinese Embassy in India, Ji Rong, in a statement said: "On August 31, 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 and near the Reqin Pass in the western sector of China-India border, and conducted flagrant provocations, which again stirred tension in the border areas.

"India's move has grossly violated China's territorial sovereignty, seriously violated relevant agreements, protocols and important consensus reached between the two countries, and severely damaged peace and tranquility along the China-India border areas," she said, adding:

China has made solemn representations to the Indian side, and urged the latter to "stop any actions" that could further escalate the situation at the border. "China has made solemn representations to the Indian side..., and immediately (should) withdraw its troops illegally trespassing the Line of Actual Control and immediately stop any actions leading to the escalation and complication of the situation," she said.

India says Chinese transgress thwarted

The Indian Army has thwarted an attempt by the Chinese Army to transgress into Indian areas near the southern bank of Pangong Tso near Chushul in Ladakh on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and talks are being held now to resolve the issue there, an Indian Army spokesperson said on Monday.

"On the night of August 29-30, People's Liberation Army 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 Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand in a statement.

The Indian Army took measures to strengthen its position and "and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on the ground".

Border not demarcated

Interestingly, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying during his visit to France recently the boundary between India and China has not yet been demarcated and "so there have been problems".

"China will firmly safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and is ready to manage all kinds of issues through dialogue with the Indian side. China is committed to maintaining stability along the China-India border and will not be the first to complicate or escalate the situation," Wang said.

Ladakh Standoff

The Galwan Valley, which is part of the disputed region, is located on the Chinese side of the LAC 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.

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