China says it won’t lose ‘an inch of its territory’: Ladakh standoff

After minister-level talks... Beijing blames India ‘entirely’ responsible for the border stand-off in Ladakh

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Soldiers of India and China talking each other at the border. File photo

New Delhi: China on Saturday morning said that it will not lose “an inch of its territory”. And it claims that India is “entirely” responsible for the border stand-off in Ladakh. Beijin has also blamed India for escalating tension along the LAC the de facto border between the two countries.

Responded shortly after, Indian Defence Ministry noted that China’s actions, including the “amassing of large number of troops… aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo”, were in violation of bilateral agreements.

“Causes and truth of the current tension on the China-India border are clear, and the responsibility entirely lies with India. China cannot lose an inch of its territory. Armed forces are fully determined, capable and confident in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese statement said.

China also called on India to “earnestly implement important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And it insisted on resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation”.

Responding to the Chinese statement, Indian Defence Ministry said, the country too is “determined to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity”. However it urged China against further escalation. The ministry added, it was keen for China to “work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest…”

These statements came hours after a high-level meeting between Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Wei Fenghi. China had convened the meeting since the border row erupted in June with the killing of 20 Indian soldiers.

Earlier the Indian Army had blocked Chinese troops carrying out “provocative military movements” in the Pangong Tso Lake region. The Army described these movements as the most serious since June.

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