Vikram Misri also expressed surprise that China is trying to change the status quo in a sector that has never been of concern.
New Delhi/Beijing| As the tensions rise between India and China after a face-off at Line of Actual Control, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri has said that the neighbouring country itself is responsible for the tensions along the border. His comments came days after Chinese Ambassador to India said that it is India’s responsibility to reduce border tensions.
In an interview to PTI Msri said, “Chinese actions over an extended period of time are responsible for the current situation.” He pointed out that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas is the sine qua non for progress in rest of bilateral relationship. Misri said that for resolution, the Chinese side needs to stop creating obstructions and hindrances in the normal patrolling patterns of Indian troops.
He further asserted that whatever activities Indian troops are carrying out, it is in our side of the border. Misri also expressed surprise that China is trying to change the status quo in a sector that has never been of concern.
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He further warned that China’s attempt to change the status quo by using force will not just damage the peace that existed in the border areas but can also have “ripples and repercussions” in the broader bilateral relationship.
The border tensions between the two countries have been going on for last month after the reports of Chinese intrusion on Indian territory. This was followed by several face-offs between the soldiers of the two countries. On 15th June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed at Galwan valley face-off. Chinese side also suffered casualties but the figures are not released yet. China later claimed sovereignty over Galwan valley. Vikram Misri called China’s claim “untenable and exaggerated”.
“It is entirely the responsibility of the Chinese side to take a careful view of the relations and to decide in which direction the ties should move,” he said.
As per PTI he also said that India hopes China will realise its responsibility in de-escalation and disengaging by moving back to its side of LAC.