China sticks to its stand; says no incursion by its troops
Ignoring India's demand to revert
to a status-quo in Depsang Valley, China today firmly stuck to
its stand that its troops have not violated the Line of Actual
Control (LAC) in the Ladakh region.
"I want to reiterate here that the Chinese border troops
have been acting in strict compliance with the bilateral
agreements and conducting normal patrol on the Chinese side of
the LAC. They have never crossed the line", Chinese Foreign
Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here.
She was replying to a question on yesterday's flag
meeting between the militaries of the two countries in Ladakh
region and subsequent assertion by India that status quo
should be restored.
Hua's assertion, reiterating her remarks made on April
22, makes it clear that China is sticking to its stand that
there is no violation and its troops may stay put in the area
until it is resolved through the talks.
Hua said both sides have opened the "communication
channels" to discuss the issue though the consultation
mechanisms on boundary issue.
But, at the same time she said both sides should stick to
the consensus reached so far on LAC.
"The two sides should abide by their consensus which is
in the interest of both. The two sides should work together to
properly resolve border issues with in the framework of
existing mechanisms and create favourable conditions for the
bilateral relations", she said.
This is the first time, after the controversy broke, that
China has acknowledged that the issue is being discussed
between the two countries.