By Veenus Kumar for ZeroHour News
The impasse between India and China continues as a second flag meeting between local commanders failed to produce desired results amidst fears of tensions escalating. Although, both parties are keen to avoid a conflict and sour larger bilateral ties, the Chinese refused to accept that their troops had intruded into the Indian Territory.
India on its part, made public its stance that sought a status quo of the borders.
“We see this as a face-to-face situation between border personnel of the two sides due to differences on the alignment of the Line of Actual Control. We have, therefore, asked the Chinese side to maintain status quo in this sector, and by status quo I mean status quo prior to this incident,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin outlined.
Brigadier BM Gupta led the Indian delegation at the meet while Senior Colonel AyanYantihelmed the Chinese counterparts over the three-hour long meeting.
Chinese forces crossed over into the Indian side of the border, up to 10kms in the Depsang area on April 15th 2013. The two sides have had two flag meetings since but the Chinese maintain that the area is part of their own territory.
At the second of the flag meetings, the Chinese officials also raised objections to the construction of bunkers by the Indian troops at Phuktsey area.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson HuaChunying, however, sought to downplay the incidents and highlighted that the relations between the two Asian neighbors were on a sound footing and that the two had a sound interaction and cooperation on the border issue.
“China’s frontier troops have been abiding by the agreement between the two countries and abiding by the LAC agreed by the two countries. Our troops are patrolling on the Chinese side of the LAC and have never trespassed the line,” added Chunying.
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