New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Days after the violent clash at Galwan Valley that claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, India on Friday warned China that its attempt to alter the status quo on the ground will have “ripples and repercussions” in the broader bilateral relationship between the two nations.

Speaking to news agency PTI, India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri said that Beijing needs to realise that trying to “change the status quo by resorting to force or coercion, is not the right way forward”.

He said that Beijing’s attempt to alter the status quo on the ground will damage the “considerable trust” between India and China and asserted that maintenance of peace and tranquillity “on the border is sine qua non for progress in the rest of bilateral relationship between the two countries”.

“The resolution of this issue is quite straight forward from our perspective. The Chinese side needs to stop creating obstruction and hindrances in the normal patrolling patterns of the Indian troops,” he told PTI.

“Whatever activities we may be carrying on have always been on our side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), so the Chinese need to stop activities to alter the status quo. It is very surprising that they should attempt to do so in a sector which has never before been a sector of concern,” he noted while rubbishing China’s claim of sovereignty over Galwan Valley.

He emphasised that India is “very very aware of the situation” and said that “Chinese actions over an extended period of time are responsible for the current situation”.

“In fact beginning with the time frame of April and May, I would say there were a number of Chinese actions along the LAC in the Ladakh sector in the western sector that interfered with and hindered with the normal patrolling activities of our troops in that sector. This led obviously to a few face-off situations,” PTI quoted Misri as saying.

Asserting the India and China’s relationship is of “great value”, Misri told PTI that China should realise that its attempt to change the status quo at the border will have “ripples and repercussions”.

“We have no wish and desire for that. Therefore, it is entirely the responsibility of the Chinese side to take a careful view of our bilateral relations and to decide which direction the bilateral relationship to move forward,” he told PTI.

“So for China to now voice these kinds of claims is completely untenable. These kinds of exaggerated claims are not going to help the situation. The kind of language that has been used is not helpful to the resolution of this situation,” he added.  

Things escalated between India and China after the violent clash at the Galwan Valley where 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives. According to news agency ANI, the Chinese suffered 43 casualties during the standoff. However, there has been no official confirmation on the number of casualties suffered by the Chinese side.

Before the clashes, India and China had been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it was necessary to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

(With agency inputs)

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