As the winter season approaches, the heat is rising in Ladakh. Indicating renewed conflict, the Indian foreign ministry has made it clear that China is creating unrest on the Ladakh border.
In a statement on Thursday, India’s foreign ministry said China’s actions on the border were provocative. The Chinese military is trying to unilaterally change the Line of Control. As a result, peace and stability are being lost in the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi made it clear that China had deployed a large force alongkh the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
Ladakh is a region administered by India as a Union territory and constitutes a part of the larger Kashmir region which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.
Ladakh is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous region to the east, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south, both the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north. It extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the north to the main Great Himalayas to the south. The eastern end, consisting of the uninhabited Akashi Chin plains, is claimed by the Indian Government as part of Ladakh, and has been under Chinese control since 1962.
As China has deployed a huge number of force in LOC, as a result, India had to stockpile retaliatory troops in the interest of defense.
But to restore peace on the border, Arindam Bagchi added that New Delhi hoped that Beijing would move towards resolving the issues along the Line of Actual Control through protocol and through bilateral talks.
China has blamed India for the recent clashes in the Galvan Valley. Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the communist foreign ministry, recently said, “The conflict in Galwan took place last year because India entered Chinese territory in violation of the border agreement. India illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control. We hope that India will maintain peace and stability in the border areas in compliance with all border agreements.
India however responded by explaining its position, New Delhi has said that no aggression on the border will be tolerated. It may be mentioned that on June 15, 2020, the armies of India and China met in the Galwan Valley. Soldiers on both sides fought for hours with iron rods and barbed wire tools. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in that bloody clash.
This is the first time since 1975 that casualties have occurred along the Line of Control. After the clash, a situation of virtual war was created on the border. Finally, the armies of the two countries sat down for several rounds of talks to calm the situation.
However, the flame was reduced a little, but the tension was not completely reduced.