India-China Border Row: Chinese FM responds to statements made by Former Indian COAS V.K. Singh

After Former COAS General V. K. Singh made a statement saying 'India has transgressed more times than China along the LA', the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday urged India to respect the agreement reached by the two countries and to take concrete actions to safeguard peace and stability in the border areas.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 08, 2021 18:27 IST
India-China Border Row: Chinese FM responds to statements made by Former Indian COAS  V.K. Singh
Chinese FM & Former Indian COAS V.K Singh

According to recent reports, Chinese Wang Wenbin FM has claimed that  India has frequently crossed the Line of Actual Control to encroach on China's territory and has constantly created friction which is the root cause of border tension. This statement came after Former Indian COAS General V.K Singh had earlier said that the Indian Army had transgressed more times than China along the LAC.

Union Minister of State for State Transport and Highways V. K. Singh said on Sunday "India has transgressed more times than China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), but the government does not announce it." 

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In response to this, the Chinese Foreign Minister on Monday said, "We urge India to earnestly implement the consensus and the agreement reached by the two countries and to take concrete actions to safeguard peace and stability in the border areas".

All the above statements made by both Chinese and Indian senior officials reveal that current the Indo-China standoff has taken a serious political turn from previously being a military-to-military affair.

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Indo-China standoff began on 5 May 2020, ever since then, Chinese and Indian troops have been engaged in aggressive melee, face-offs, and skirmishes at locations along the Sino-Indian border, including near the disputed Pangong Lake in Ladakh and the Tibet Autonomous Region, and near the border between Sikkim and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Additional clashes have taken place at locations in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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