A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat regarding the tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Beijing on Wednesday said the situation at the border with India was “overall stable and controllable”.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, during a media briefing, also said both the countries had proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultation.
China says situation at India border is "overall stable and controllable"
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China and India faceoff at LAC
Chinese military helicopters were spotted close to the border between India and China in eastern Ladakh after a clash between soldiers from both sides took place on two occasions. Thereafter, a fleet of Su-30 fighters of the Indian Air Force carried out
sorties in the area. According to reports, Indian and Chinese Army personnel clashed along the northern bank of the Pangong Lake in Ladakh on May 5. 4 days later, a face-off between the two sides was witnessed near Naku La Pass in Sikkim.
Speaking to the media on May 14, Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane observed that such stand-offs occur because the LAC is not well defined. He added that there was nothing new in the face-offs that took place in Eastern Ladakh and Sikkim. The
Army Chief asserted that India would deal with the situation as per the protocols and strategic guidelines. Reportedly, he visited Ladakh last week to take stock of the operational situation.
On the way ahead in escalating tensions, Zhao said the two countries had established border related mechanisms and diplomatic channels. “This includes the communication between border troops and between our diplomatic missions,” he said.
The latest standoff erupted after Indian and Chinese troops came to blows near Pangong Tso, a lake in eastern Ladakh, earlier this month. Since then, there has been no scaling down of tensions on the LAC in eastern Ladakh, with India matching the Chinese with its deployment of man and material.
In Ladakh, at least six rounds of talks have been held between Indian and Chinese military commanders on the ground but have failed to achieve a breakthrough. Sources said the Chinese, who crossed the LAC at three places, have refused to move out of Indian territory or de-escalate the tensions. In Galwan valley, the Chinese have massed troops on their side of the LAC.
Sources said the Army had increased its presence on the boundary with China in North Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, along with Ladakh. Fresh induction of troops, sources said, has taken place in Ladakh to strengthen Indian positions and create reserves.
The Army has also increased its presence along the boundary with China in Uttarakhand — part of the middle sector — following reports that Chinese troops have been deployed in increased numbers in the Guldong sector.
Besides tensions at Naku La in Sikkim and at Galwan river and Pangong Tso in Ladakh, Indians have been worried about the Nepal government’s recent behaviour on the border map issue. Army Chief General MM Naravane recently said that Nepal was doing it at “the behest of a third party,” ostensibly referring to China.