New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday rejected China's fresh blame on India for violating all border-related agreements and seizing Chinese territory which led to Galwan Valley clash in June 2020 during which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred and at least 4 Chinese soldiers were killed.

Rejecting the allegations, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India's position with regard to developments last year along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh has been clear and consistent. He said that it was the provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo in contravention of all our bilateral agreements.

"We reject such statements. Our position with regard to developments last year along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh has been clear and consistent. It was the provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo in contravention of all our bilateral agreements that resulted in serious disturbance of peace and tranquillity. This has also impacted the bilateral relations", MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said as quoted by news agency ANI.

He also reiterated that India expected the Chinese side to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while abiding by all agreements and treaties.

"As emphasized by EAM in his meeting with Chinese FM earlier this month, it is our expectation that the Chinese side will work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols", he added.

MEA's harsh response came after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had again claimed at a media briefing in Beijing that the Galwan valley clashes took place because India "encroached upon China's territory" and violated all agreements.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, “All the agreements and treaties between China and India on upholding the peace and stability in the area of the LAC have played an important role in upholding stability in the border areas.”

“In the last year, Galwan Valley incident took place because India violated all the signed agreements and treaties and encroached upon Chinese territory, illegally crossed the line (LAC). We hope India will abide by all the signed agreements and uphold peace stability in the border region with concrete actions,” Zhao Lijian said.

Twenty Indian Army personnel laid down their lives in deadly clashes with the Chinese troops in Galwan Valley on June 15 last year that marked the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades. In February, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers were killed in the clashes with the Indian Army though it is widely believed that the death toll was higher.

The border standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies erupted on May 5 last year following a violent clash in the Pangong lake area and both sides gradually enhanced their deployment by rushing in tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weaponry. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in Gogra area in eastern Ladakh last month.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan