The Indian government on Monday claimed that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army overnight on August 29 and 30 “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” near Pangong Tso. The move was pre-empted and thwarted by the Indian Army.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops “violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” said the statement.
“Indian troops preempted this PLA activity on the Southern Bank of Pangong Tso Lake, undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” it added.
The movement of Chinese troops in the East Ladakh sector is seen as an effort by the Chinese side to expand the border row to the southern bank of the lake.
The statement further added that India is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility through dialogue, “but is also equally determined to protect its territorial integrity”.
As of now, a Brigade Commander level flag meeting is in progress at Chushul to resolve the issues, the government says.