Tuesday, September 29, 2020

India Does Not Recognise 1959 Line of Actual Control: New Delhi Lashes Out at China - Sputnik International

Despite several rounds of talks to defuse tensions in the Ladakh region, India and China have failed to reach a consensus on disengagement. Meanwhile, the two sides have made massive deployments of military assets in the Himalayan region.

India vehemently opposed a claim by China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday about the Line of Actual Control along the length of its around 3,500 km border.

    “India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC). This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side”, Anurag Shrivastava, spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry, replied to Beijing, which termed Ladakh as an “illegal territory” established by the Modi government.

Mentioning the three agreements (1993, 1996, 2005) signed between the two countries in the last three decades, Shrivastava underscored that “both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC”.

    “Therefore, the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements”, Shrivastava added.

The two countries signed the Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquillity along the LAC in 1993, then in 1996 the Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the military field, and then in 2005 the Protocol on Implementation of CBMs and the 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for settlement of the India-China Boundary Question.

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