China claimed on Wednesday that it has been honouring agreements signed with India and is dedicated to sustaining peace in border areas, a day after defence minister Rajnath Singh stated Beijing will not be respecting the customary alignment of the boundary.
Singh had advised Parliament that China has engaged in huge mobilisation of troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), engaged in aggressive behaviour, and sought to unilaterally change the established order, in contravention of present border agreements and pacts.
Responding to Singh’s assertion, the Chinese overseas ministry again blamed New Delhi for the tensions, saying it’s India which has breached agreements made to keep up tranquility alongside the disputed boundary.
“For the Chinese side, we have been honouring the agreements signed between China and India. We are committed to peace and stability in the border area,” overseas ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated when requested to remark on Singh’s assertion.
“We are committed to our sovereignty and territorial integrity. But China is not to blame for the current situation. It is the Indian side that has breached the agreements, first trespassed the territory first and fired shots to threaten the safety of the Chinese border troops first,” Wang stated on the common ministry briefing.
“So, what is imperative is for the Indian side to address these mistakes to follow through the disengagement agreements and take concrete actions to ease up the situation on the ground,” Wang stated, repeating Beijing’s stand on the months-lengthy border standoff that’s plunged bilateral ties to the worst stage in a long time.
India has already dismissed related allegations made by China earlier, saying the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops have been the primary to impress and never able to disengage.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava clearly spelt out the Indian authorities’s place on the disengagement course of earlier, saying the LAC “must be strictly respected and observed as this is the basis for peace and tranquility in the border areas.”
“During the Moscow meeting the two foreign Ministers reached five point agreements on the border situation,” spokesperson Wang stated, referring to the current assembly between exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation assembly of overseas ministers in Moscow.
“We hope India will work with China to follow through on the agreement and also other previously reached agreements and put the border issue at an appropriate position in the bigger picture of China India relations,” he stated.
Wang added that China is able to work with India to stay in dialogue and session by means of diplomatic channels, collectively guarantee peace and tranquility of the border areas.