India on Tuesday rejected China’s claims on the place of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, and stated it has never accepted the so-called unilaterally outlined 1959 Line of Actual Control, and that the county’s place has been constant and well-known to all together with China.
Rebutting reviews of a Chinese Foreign Ministry assertion relating to China’s place on the LAC in Ladakh, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated China’s insistence on the placement of the LAC is opposite to the commitments made by the nation in a number of bilateral agreements in 1993, 1996 and 2005.
“India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC). This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side,” the MEA spokesperson stated.
Srivastava identified that below their varied bilateral agreements together with the 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility alongside the LAC, 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) within the army area, 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, “both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC.”
The spokesperson’s feedback got here after a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson informed Hindustan Times that China abides by the LAC as proposed by then Premier Zhou Enlai to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a letter dated November 7, 1959.
“In fact, the two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but this process could not proceed further as the Chinese side did not show a willingness to pursue it,” the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson added that “the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements.”
He stated that India has at all times revered and abided by the LAC. “As the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri stated in the Parliament recently, it is the Chinese side which by its attempts to transgress the LAC in various parts of the Western Sector, has tried to unilaterally alter the status quo.”
The official stated that the Chinese facet “has repeatedly affirmed that the current situation in the border areas should be resolved in accordance with the agreements signed between the two countries”. “In the agreement reached between External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart on 10th September also, the Chinese side has reiterated its commitment to abide by all the existing agreements,” the official stated.
“We, therefore, expect that the Chinese side will sincerely and faithfully abide by all agreements and understandings in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC.”
India and China, which held the sixth spherical of Senior Commanders’ assembly on Monday following border tensions in jap Ladakh, have agreed to keep away from misunderstandings and misjudgments, cease sending extra troops to the frontline, chorus from unilaterally altering the state of affairs on the bottom and keep away from taking any actions that will complicate the state of affairs.
The two sides additionally agreed to strengthen communication on the bottom and to carry the subsequent spherical of Military Commander-Level Meeting as quickly as doable.
A joint press assertion on Tuesday stated that the 2 sides had a candid and in-depth alternate of views on “stabilizing the situation along the LAC in the India – China border areas”. It stated that the 2 sides agreed to take sensible measures to correctly resolve issues on the bottom.
(With ANI inputs)