LAC face-off: Disengagement onus on India, says China | India News

NEW DELHI: Despite the recent five-point India-China consensus for defusing the border situation, China on Wednesday put the ball for disengagement in India’s court and said it was imperative for the latter to correct its “mistake”, disengage on the ground and take concrete steps to ease tensions.
A week after the consensus arrived in Moscow in the meeting of foreign ministers S Jaishankar and Wang Yi, the two sides are yet to finalise a date for the next meeting of senior commanders. Meanwhile, there is a ‘standstill’ situation on the ground along the Line of Actual Control with both armies holding their positions. “The responsibility for the recent Sino-Indian border incidents is not on the Chinese side. It is the Indian side’s violation of the agreement and important consensus between the two sides, the first to illegally cross the line to provocation, the unilateral change of the status quo in the border area, and the threat to the security of the Chinese border troops,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
The Chinese statement followed defence minister Rajnath Singh’s detailed remarks in Lok Sabha on Tuesday in which he accused China of violating bilateral agreements with its violent conduct on the LAC.
Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan reiterated in Parliament that Chinese attempts to transgress the LAC were invariably met with an appropriate response from India. “From April-May this year, there has been an enhanced deployment of troops and armaments by the Chinese side in the border areas and along the LAC in the western sector. Since mid-May, the Chinese side attempted to transgress the LAC in several areas of the western sector of the India-China border area,” he said in reply to a written question.
He said it was expected that the two sides would continue to have meetings of military and diplomatic officials to implement the agreements reached between the two foreign ministers and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
According to sources, there has been some talk of having a joint military and diplomatic dialogue but the two sides need to first arrive at a date for the next meeting. The Chinese spokesperson on Wednesday also claimed that China had always strictly abided by the relevant agreements signed by the two countries and was “committed to maintaining peace and stability in the China-India border area, and at the same time, firmly safeguarding national territorial sovereignty and security”.

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