China’s unilaterally alter status quo along LAC unacceptable: Rajnath Singh

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NEW DELHI: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said India has conveyed to China that its attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was unacceptable and noted that the Chinese actions reflect a “disregard” of various bilateral agreements between the two countries.

“Since April, we had noticed a buildup of troops and armaments by the Chinese side in the border areas adjacent to Eastern Ladakh. In early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of our troops in the Galwan Valley area, which resulted in a face-off,” Singh said in Lok Sabha in his statement on the situation on eastern border in Ladakh.   

MOSCOW: Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meeting with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Defence, Major General Kurbanov Bakhodir Nizamovich, in Moscow on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

“Even as this situation was being addressed by the Ground Commanders as per the provisions of our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the Western Sector. This included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake. These attempts were detected early and consequently responded to appropriately by our armed forces,” he said.

Singh said India made it clear to the Chinese side “both through diplomatic and military channels that China was, by such actions, attempting to unilaterally alter the status quo. It was categorically conveyed that this was unacceptable”.

The minister said the government has an elaborate and time-tested coordination mechanism amongst different intelligence agencies including intelligence units of the Central Police Forces and the three armed forces.

“The technical and human intelligence is continuously gathered in a well-coordinated manner.  It is shared with the armed forces which help them in taking decisions,” he said.