Indian Defense Minister Ragnars Singh said in an interview with CNN affiliated news 18 on Tuesday that “a large number” of Chinese troops have been transferred to the actual line of control (LAC) between the two countries.
“The Chinese people are indeed on the border. They claim that this is their territory. Our claim is that this is our region. There are differences on this… India has already done what it needs to do.” Singh said in the interview .
Singh added: “We don’t want any country to bow to us, nor will we bow to any country.”
India and China are one of the longest land borders in the world. In 1962, the two countries fought a bloody Himalayan border war, and tensions have broken out sporadically in the decades since.
Last month, an aggressive cross-border conflict between the Chinese and Indian troops caused minor injuries to the troops. Prior to this incident in recent weeks, unconfirmed reports of tension in the mountains, although neither side publicly acknowledged any anomalies.
Both parties can resolve related issues through established border-related mechanisms and diplomatic channels.
The article said: “Chinese border defense forces have strengthened border control measures and have taken the necessary measures to deal with India’s recent illegal cross-border construction of defense facilities entering the Chinese territory in the Garwan Valley in May.”
Actual control line
After years of territorial confrontation and negotiations, in 1993, China and India finally signed an agreement to try to delineate a long-term border between the two countries.
Former Indian Foreign Minister Nirupama Rao stated on his official Twitter account that Delhi and Beijing cannot even reach a consensus on the length of the border between the two countries.
She said: “The India-China border is 3,488 kilometers (2,167 miles)… according to China’s definition, the India-China border is about 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) long.”
Chinese state media also reported this problem.
The Global Times said in an article on May 25: “Both sides did not recognize the actual line of control on the Sino-Indian border.”
The United States expressed support for India
On May 29, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was suspected of being involved in a border dispute and expressed concern about territorial disputes in a podcast.
Pompeii said: “The Chinese Communist Party-the nature of the activities they are engaged in… Even today, more and more Chinese troops are moving along the actual control line of the Indian border to northern India.” “This is the autocratic regime That kind of action has real impact.”
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said last month that the United States is willing to mediate or arbitrate the border dispute between India and China.
“We have informed India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now fierce border dispute. Thank you!” he tweeted.
During the corona virus pandemic and Beijing’s attempts to strengthen control of the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, Sino-US relations deteriorated rapidly.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded that it does not require “third party” intervention on the border with India. But American officials continue to comment on this situation.
He said in a statement: “China once again shows that it is willing to bully its neighbors, rather than resolve conflicts in accordance with international law.”
“I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve the border issue with India.”