India: China deployed military in ‘giant numbers’ at disputed border


China has deployed giant numbers of troops and weapons alongside a disputed Himalayan border in violation of bilateral agreements, India’s overseas ministry has mentioned, accusing Beijing of escalating tensions and triggering a lethal conflict final week.

“At the heart of the matter is that since early May, the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC,” overseas ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava mentioned in a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday, referring to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between the Asian nuclear powers.

Srivastava mentioned “this is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements,” referring to treaties that embody a 1993 one which dictates that each side will preserve restricted border deployments.

India had “to undertake counter deployments” due to the Chinese buildup, he mentioned as New Delhi acknowledged for the primary time it has matched Beijing in massing troops at their contested Himalayan border.

China has blamed India for the conflict – the deadliest between the 2 nuclear-armed neighbours for not less than 5 a long time – and mentioned Indian troops attacked Chinese officers and troopers.

Responding to the heightened Chinese presence final month, India additionally deployed a lot of troops alongside the LAC, Srivastava mentioned, resulting in face-offs within the Ladakh area of the western Himalayas.

On June 15, Indian and Chinese troops brawled for a number of hours within the Galwan Valley, utilizing stones and sticks with nails embedded in them to beat one another, killing 20 Indian troopers and injuring not less than 76 extra. China has not disclosed what number of casualties its troops suffered.

The neighbours have blamed one another for the high-altitude battle. After senior army commanders held parleys this week, each side have since agreed to disengage their troops on the disputed border.

But in satellite tv for pc photos reviewed by Reuters information company, China seems to have added new constructions near the location of the Galwan Valley conflict that India says is on its facet of the LAC. These embody camouflaged tents or coated constructions and a possible new camp below development with partitions or barricades.

“Peace and tranquility in the border areas is the basis of our bilateral relationship,” mentioned Srivastava, demanding that China comply with up on its pledge to chill tensions. “A continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere.”

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