India-China Border Tensions Live: India Says Troops Exercised ‘Great Restraint’ Despite ‘Grave Provocation’
India accused China of continued provocations along the Line of Actual Control, categorically denying any transgressions by Indian troops on Chinese territory.
"India, while is committed to disengagement and de-escalating the situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate," the Ministry of Defence said in a press release.
At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.Ministry of Defence Statement
The government was responding to claims by the People’s Liberation Army that Indian troops “illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control on the southern bank of Pangong Tso and fired warning shots against patrolling Chinese forces.”
India refuted the allegations stating that it was the PLA that has been "blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at military, diplomatic and political level is in progress."
"In the instant case on Sept. 7, 2020, it was the PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops. However, despite the grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner," India said.
The statement by the Western Theatre Command is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.Ministry of Defence Statement
The government went on to assure that "The Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, however is also determined to protect national integrity and sovereignty at all costs."
Full Statement By India's Defence Ministry
China Accuses India Of Transgressions Across The LAC
Indian troops late Monday “illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control on the southern bank of Pangong Tso and fired warning shots against patrolling Chinese forces,” Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, a spokesman for the Western Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, said in a statement Tuesday. Chinese troops were “forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation,” Zhang said, , without elaborating.
“The Indian behavior has severely violated agreements reached between two sides and escalated tensions,” Zhang said, urging the Indians to withdraw. “Such behavior could easily lead to miscalculation. It is a serious military provocation.”