Even as China has claimed that it has “strictly complied” with the border agreements with India, New Delhi said it expects the “Chinese side will match its words with actions” even as the People’s Liberation Army’s forces continue the build-up at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Ladakh region. 

Pointing out how the “situation that we have seen since the last six months has been a result of the actions of the Chinese side,” the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava said China has “sought to effect a unilateral change in status along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh” and “these actions are in violation of the bilateral agreements and protocol on ensuring peace and tranquility along the LAC in the India-China border areas.”

The year 2020 not only saw one of the longest build-ups by the Chinese Army at the LAC but also a violent clash at the Galwan Valley that saw 20 Indian soldiers laying their lives for the country. India has repeatedly pointed out, how China has been violating the 1993 and 1996 agreements. The violation includes the amassing of troops and attempts to take “unilateral action” to alter the situation at the LAC.

Both sides have had multiple rounds of diplomatic and military talks, including two in-person meetings between defense and foreign ministers of the two countries, but China has not done anything to defuse the situation on the ground. 

New Delhi has been calling for an agreement on a “mutually acceptable solution” for ensuring “complete disengagement” in all friction points along the LAC but Beijing continues to drag its feet.

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