India said that the position with regard to the Galwan Valley area had been historically clear and attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable claims with regard to Line of Actual Control were not acceptable.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday said that China’s claim on Galwan Valley was unacceptable to India. It said that the position with regard to the Galwan Valley area had been historically clear and attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable claims with regard to Line of Actual Control were not acceptable. “They are not in accordance with China’s own position in the past,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
The MEA said that the Indian soldiers were fully familiar with the alignment of the LAC in all sectors of the border areas including in the Galwan Valley. “They (Indian troops) abide by it scrupulously here, as they do elsewhere. The Indian side has never undertaken any actions across the LAC. In fact, they have been patrolling this area for a long time without any incident. All infrastructure built by the Indian side is nationality on its own side of the LAC,” New Delhi said.
Full text of India’s statement on China claim
China had earlier claimed that Indian troops had violated the agreement by crossing over to the side. New Delhi toady rejected this claim and said that it was Chinese side that had been hindering India’s normal, traditional patrolling pattern in this area. The MEA said that China’s hindrance had resulted in a face-off which was addressed by the ground commanders. “We do not accept the the contention that India was unilaterally changing the status quo. On the contrary, we were maintaining it,” the MEA stated in a detailed response to Beijing.