World War 3: India SLAMS back at Beijing’s territory claims after months of ‘violation’

Anurag Srivastava, India’s external affairs ministry spokesperson, claimed Beijing is looking to bring about “unilateral change” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). He has also laid the blame for the clash at the feet of China for their expansion into Indian territory.

Speaking during a media briefing, Mr Srivastava was asked about Chinese comments blaming India for the lethal border dispute.

In response, the spokesman said: “Our position has been very clear and has been articulated several times in the past.

“The situation that we have seen since the last six months has been a result of the actions of the Chinese side which has sought to effect a unilateral change in status along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

“These actions are in violation of the bilateral agreements and protocol on ensuring peace and tranquility along the LAC in the India-China border areas.”

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Last week a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson again blamed India for the Ladakh clash.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoman, said: “China and India are neighbours and the world’s two biggest emerging markets and keeping good relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries and its people but it requires common efforts from both sides.

“The merits of the situation at the border area are very clear and the responsibility totally lies with the Indian side. China has been strictly observing the agreements signed between the two sides and committed to resolving the border issue through dialogue and we are committed to safeguarding regional peace and tranquillity at border areas (…)

“But like all sovereign states we are determined in safeguarding our territorial integrity. So on the Indian side, I think this is a serious question on what it should reflect upon.”

Mr Srivastava said ahead of his Chinese counterpart’s comments that relations between New Delhi and Beijing were at their “most difficult phase” in decades.

The spokesman said ties between China and India were “very significantly damaged” with June’s border incidence, and said Beijing has violated border agreements by deploying huge numbers of troops along the LAC.

He also claimed China has “to date given us five differing explanations” on why they violated the border agreements with India, and added: “The Chinese have literally brought tens of thousands of soldiers in full military preparation mode right to the LAC in Ladakh.

“Naturally the relationship would be profoundly disturbed by this.”

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India has repeatedly accused China of instigating conflict along the border throughout the year.

In August, India accused China of “provocative military movements”, with reported in May claiming People’s Liberation Army troops were gathering along the LAC.

But in September, China accused Indian troops of firing shots across the Himalayan border at its forces.

India has also accused Chinese forces of firing shots in the air to provoke military conflict.

China has also recently signed an agreement deepening military cooperation with Pakistan, who have also seen border disputes with India this year.

Both Pakistan and China are now conducting joint air drills in the Southern desert of the Islamic Republic, near the border to India.

China’s defence ministry has hailed the drills and said they will “deepen practical cooperation between the two air forces”.

India has also deepened military relationships with the US, Japan and Australia in response to Chinese aggression.

Earlier this year Indian and Chinese forces brawled in Ladakh over a border dispute, which ended with 20 Indian soldiers and unconfirmed numbers of Chinese troops dying.

New Delhi and Beijing officials have since attempted to resolve the conflict with diplomacy, but both countries have also ramped up drills in the disputed region.

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