Senin, 31 Agustus 2020

India says China's military made moves near disputed border in Ladakh region - ABC News

India says its soldiers thwarted "provocative" movements by China's military near a disputed border in the Ladakh region, but China's foreign ministry maintains its border troops "never crossed the line of actual control".

Months into the rival nations' deadliest stand-off in decades, local military commanders from the two countries were meeting along the disputed frontier to "resolve the issues", India's defence ministry said.

It added India was committed to dialogue "but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity".

The statement said China's People's Liberation Army on Saturday night (local time) "carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo" and "violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements" to settle the standoff in the cold-desert region.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news briefing that both sides were in communication regarding the situation on the ground.

India's defence ministry issued its statement after a gap of a day and did not give details of the nature of the new conflict.

The statement said Indian troops "undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground".

It said the activity took place on the southern bank of Pangong Lake, a glacial lake divided by the de facto frontier between the rivals and where the India-China face-off began in early May.

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The China-India border is one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints.

Attempts to settle dispute have failed since 90s

The disputed and undemarcated 3,500-kilometre border between India and China stretches from the Ladakh region in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim.

The two nations fought a border war in 1962 that also spilled into Ladakh.

They have been trying to settle their border dispute since the early 1990s, without success.

The ongoing stand-off high in the Karakoram mountains is over disputed portions of a pristine landscape that boasts the world's highest landing strip, a glacier that feeds one of the largest irrigation systems in the world, and a critical link to China's massive Belt and Road infrastructure project.

The face-off began at three places.

Soldiers at Pangong Lake ignored repeated verbal warnings, triggering a yelling match, stone-throwing and even fistfights.

By June, it escalated and spread north in Depsang and Galwan Valley, where India has built an all-weather military road along the disputed frontier.

On June 15, the troops engaged in a night-time medieval clash in Galwan that was the deadliest conflict in 45 years between the nuclear-armed rivals.

According to Indian officials, Chinese troops atop a ridge at the mouth of the narrow valley threw stones, punched and pushed Indian soldiers down the ridge at around 4,500 metres, leaving 20 Indians dead, including a colonel.

Chinese troops hold a banner which reads "You've crossed the border, please go back".
Chinese troops hold a banner which reads "You've crossed the border, please go back".(AP, file photo)

China did not report any casualties.

Accusing each other of instigating the violence, both sides pledged to safeguard their territory but also to try to end the standoff that dramatically changed the India-China relationship.

Several rounds of military and diplomatic talks to end the crisis have been unsuccessful.

In a symbolic move, India banned some Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok, about two weeks after the deadly clash citing privacy concerns that it said pose a threat to India's sovereignty and security.

On Saturday, India pulled out of multinational military exercise organised by Russia, where China and Pakistan are also participating.

New Delhi reportedly cited the coronavirus pandemic.

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China analyst Professor Srikanth Kondapalli says China-India border row could lead to a "local war".


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2020-08-31 10:05:00Z

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