The Indian Army convoy crossed the highway to Ladakh on September 1, 2020. The Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed to civilians following the movement of Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
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India’s foreign ministry on Tuesday accused Chinese troops of taking provocative action on the disputed Himalayan mountain border while commanders of the two sides were holding talks on Monday to ease tensions between Asian giants.
Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a statement that due to timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to stop these efforts from changing the unilateral situation.
An Indian official said the deployment was carried out on four strategic hills by New Delhi over the weekend in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh after a so-called Chinese infiltration attempt on the border.
China has denied that it, along with a spokesman for the embassy in New Delhi, accused Indian troops of operating a “de facto border” and “clear provocation” against Indian troops.
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in border clashes for months in the high-itude snow desert of Ladakh, and have held talks to reduce friction. The two have been at loggerheads over the border for half a century.
Informing about the latest incident, the Indian official said that the action of the Indian Army was a response to the attempt by a large number of key priests to force the key infantry late on Saturday night.
“We collected and captured four hillocks, all four of which were on the Indian side of the LAC,” the official said.
The Indian official said the Chinese troops were supported by military vehicles and came close enough to stop the Indian troops in verbal arguments, but there was no clash.
He said the incident took place on the south coast of Pangong Tso, a picturesque lake where Indian and Chinese troops have been battling since April.
The Indian official said the Chinese were also strengthening the position on the north bank of the lake with which a new defensive position appeared.
China blames India
But Ji Rong, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, said Indian troops had violated the LAC on the south coast of Pangong Tso and near other mountains.
“What India has done is to oppose the periodic efforts by both sides to ease and cool the situation on the ground, and China is opposed to this,” he said.
India has said it has evacuated Chinese military activity, China’s state-backed Global Times said in an editorial. The word “pre-import” indicates that it was the Indian soldiers who took the first destructive action, and the Indian soldiers started the situation this time. “
In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a hand-to-hand battle with Chinese troops in the Galwan area of Ladakh, the deadliest clash between the two countries in 50 years.
The two sides then agreed to withdraw with the region’s military president after five rounds of talks. But the Indian military said this week that Beijing had “renewed” the deal by “provocative military action to change the status quo.”
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