A satellite image of Galwan Valley in Ladakh. (Reuters)
NEW DELHI: Claiming the whole of Galwan valley, China further raised the ante by saying in an official statement, released around midnight by the embassy here, that
violated the June 6 understanding by crossing LAC and violently attacking Chinese soldiers.
According to the Chinese foreign ministry statement, Indian side promised on June 6 that they would not cross the estuary of the
to patrol and build facilities and the two sides would discuss and decide phased withdrawal of troops through the meetings between commanders on the ground.
"Shockingly, on the evening of June 15, India's front-line troops, in violation of the agreement reached at the commander-level meeting, once again crossed the LAC for deliberate provocation when the situation in the Galwan Valley was already easing, and even violently attacked the Chinese officers and soldiers who went there for negotiation, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties," said the Chinese foreign ministry, adding that the adventurous acts of the Indian army had seriously undermined the stability of the border areas.
After the June 15 violence, China also, possibly for the first time since the 1950s, claimed sovereignty over the Galwan valley. While India asked
to not make untenable claims, China further claimed in the statement that its border troops had been patrolling this region for many years.
Since April this year, the Indian border troops have unilaterally and continuously built roads, bridges and other facilities at the LAC in the Galwan Valley, China alleged in its "step by step" account of what transpired at the LAC in the past 2 months.
The foreign ministry claimed that by the early morning of May 6, the Indian border troops, who crossed the LAC by night and "trespassed" into China's territory, had built fortification and barricades, which impeded the patrol of Chinese border troops.
"They deliberately made provocations in an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo of control and management. The Chinese border troops have been forced to take necessary measures to respond to the situation on the ground and strengthen management and control in the border areas," it said.
"China hopes that India will work with us, follow faithfully the important consensus reached between the two leaders, abide by the agreements reach between the two governments, and strengthen communication and coordination on properly managing the current situation through diplomatic and military channels, and jointly uphold peace and stability in the border areas," it added.