India says new Chinese attempt to change status quo on disputed border thwarted

New Delhi (Reuters) – India on Monday said it had thwarted an attempt by Chinese troops to change stability on their disputed and vaguely defined border in the wake of a new flare-up between the two nuclear-armed countries.

File photo: View of Pangong Tso Lake in the Ladakh region on July 27, 2019. Picture taken on July 27, 2019. Reuters / Mukesh Gupta

“On the night of 29/30 August 20, 2020, during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing blockade in eastern Ladakh, PLA troops violated the previous consensus and carried out provocative military moves to change the situation,” the Indian Army said. Statement.

It is said that the Indian troops failed the Chinese bid to “change the unilateral facts on the ground”.

There was no immediate comment from China.

For months, troops have been locked in confrontations in the western Himalayas where both sides have been accused of violating the Line of Actual Control or de facto border. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a clash in the Galvan Valley, prompting both sides to agree to withdraw.

But despite several rounds of negotiations, troops are facing other issues, including Pengong Tso Lake at point height, which both claim.

The Indian Army said the latest eruptions occurred along the lake.

“Indian troops had already evacuated this PLA activity on the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake, taking steps to strengthen our position and dispel Chinese intentions to change unilateral facts on the ground.”

India and China cover about 500,500,000 km. (3,000 miles) could not agree on the border on which they went to war in 1962.

The Indian military said military officials from both countries were meeting at the border point to resolve the latest crisis.

Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani, additional reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Nidhi Verma; Edited by Lincoln Fist.

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