Releasing a statement on the violent clashes in the India-China border, the MEA said, “On the late-evening and night of June 15, 2020, a violent face-off happened as a result of an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo there. Both sides suffered casualties that could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.”
While China claims Galwan Valley is its territory, India has resolutely reiterated that yesterday’s faceoff took place in Indian territory and were a result of Chinese aggression.
“Given its responsible approach to border management, India is very clear that all its activities are always within the Indian side of the LAC. We expect the same of the Chinese side,” said the MEA in a statement.
Sending a strong statement to China on the continued faceoff in Ladakh, the MEA said, “We remain firmly convinced of the need for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the resolution of differences through dialogue. At the same time, we are also strongly committed to ensuring India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”