On September 1, 2020, an Indian Army team travels on a highway to Ladakh. The Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed to the public following moves by Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
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The Indian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused Chinese troops of carrying out “provocative operations” on the disputed Himalayan border.
“Due to timely defensive action, these efforts were able to prevent the Indian side from changing the situation unilaterally,” ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a statement.
An Indian official said Indian troops were stationed at four strategic foothills after New Delhi called over the weekend for Chinese attempts to infiltrate a border in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh.
An embassy spokesman in New Delhi said China had denied that “LIC” had trespassed on Indian troops and carried out “open provocations”.
Indian and Chinese troops have been stranded for months in border clashes in the high ice deserts of Ladakh and have been in talks to reduce friction. Both have denied the course of the frontier for more than half a century.
The Indian official, who was briefed on the latest incident, said Indian troops responded to a large number of Chinese infantry attempts through a major hill station late on Saturday.
“We rallied and occupied four heights,” the official said, adding that all the four foothills are on LIC’s India side.
The Indian official said that the Chinese officer was supported by military vehicles and was close enough to engage Indian troops in verbal arguments, but there were no clashes.
He said the incident had taken place on the south bank of Bangkok Tsho, a beautiful lake facing Indian and Chinese troops since April.
The Indian official said the Chinese were also strengthening positions on the north bank of the lake.
China blames India
But a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, Xi Rong, said Indian troops were on the south bank of the Bangkok Tzo and near another hill station.
“What India has done is against the efforts of both sides for a period of time to ease and cool the ground situation. China is strongly opposed to this,” he said.
“India … said it had halted Chinese military action,” the Chinese state-sponsored Global Times editorial said. The word “pre-empt” indicates that the first destructive action was taken by Indian troops, and Indian troops began to be stopped this time. “
In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed hand in hand with Chinese troops in the Calvan region of Ladakh, the deadliest conflict between the two countries in 50 years.
Both sides agreed to hold five rounds of talks with military leaders in the region. But the Indian military said this week that Beijing had abandoned the deal by carrying out “provocative military operations to change the situation.”
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