China says India fired warning shots on LAC

Sep 8, 2020
New Delhi/Beijing:  China on Tuesday said  Indian troops fired warning shots, following which  the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took “countermeasures to stabilise the situation on the ground” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.

India is yet to issue a statement on the sequence of events that led to the fresh escalation on the border with China.

”Indian troops illegally trespassed via the southern bank of PangongTso Lake on the western section of the China-India border on September 7, said Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army claimed in a statement.

”The Indian troops brazenly made gunshot threat to the patrolling Chinese border guards who came forwards for negotiations, and the Chinese border guards were forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation on the ground,” he said.

Last week, Indian troops foiled the attempts by PLA to unilaterally change the status quo on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso in Eastern Ladakh. Reacting to the preemptive action of the Indian Army, the Xi Jinping regime had said that the China-India border tensions will “surely escalate this time,” since India “crossed the LAC at the border and purposely launched provocations.”

New Delhi had on Thursday asked China to show sincerity in expeditiously restoring peace along the LAC and border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols.IANS

In Tuesday’s statement Col. Zhang described  India’s move as ” a grave military provocation of very bad nature.“

”The flagrant act grossly violated the agreements previously reached between the two sides, and further escalated regional tensions, which can easily lead to misunderstandings and misjudgments.“ he said.

Zhang asserted that the troops under the PLA Western Theater Command will firmly carry out their duties, accomplish missions and resolutely safeguard China’s territorial sovereignty.

–India News Stream