Mumbai: China’s foreign ministry claimed on Tuesday that Indian troops patrolled its border with “warning shots” at soldiers who were there for consultation, after which the Chinese troops were compelled to take measures to stabilize the situation.
At a press conference here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “On 7 September, Indian troops illegally crossed the LAC and entered the southern coast of Pangong Tso. Indian troops blatantly fired warning shots at our border patrolling troops who were there for consultation. Our troops were compelled to take measures to stabilize the situation.”
He said, “India’s behavior violated the agreements … This is a serious military provocation action. We have made representations through diplomatic and military channels asking them to stop dangerous moves immediately. The crossing people and discipline remove the border troops.”
India's behaviour violated agreements…It's serious military provocation. We've made representations through diplomatic & military channels asking them to immediately stop dangerous moves, withdraw people who crossed the line & discipline frontline troops: China Foreign Ministry https://t.co/ZYXmbFMo9P
— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2020
The Indian Army, however, refuted this claim and made a statement today stating that “at no stage did the Indian Army across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) or resort to the use of any offensive means, including firing”.
It also said that Chinese PLA troops had fired in the air on Monday night while attempting to close down the Indian posts on the LAC in eastern Ladakh and the Indian troops exercised great restraint.
The Indian Army, however, said that the Chinese PLA military was “in violation of the agreement and conducting aggressive maneuvers.”
In a detailed statement, the military said on Tuesday that Chinese troops were attempting to close one of our forward positions with the LAC yesterday and when their own troops stopped them, the PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate.”
India and China have been at loggerheads over the changes made by the Chinese military in several areas, including Finger Area, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, and Kongrung Nala, from April-May. The situation worsened after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes with Chinese troops in the Galvan Valley in June.