India on Tuesday has asked China to ‘discipline and control’ its frontline troops after Chinese troops yet again engaged in provocative action along the LAC in Ladakh on August 31.
India has taken up the matter of recent provocative and aggressive actions with the Chinese side through both diplomatic and military channels and have urged them to “discipline and control their frontline troops from undertaking such provocative actions,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava in a statement.
Just after the flareup ground commanders of both the sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation. “The Chinese troops again engaged in provocative action. Due to the timely defensive action, the Indian side was able to prevent these attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo,” Srivastava added.
The latest attempt came just a day after the Chinese troops were engaged in provocative military maneuvers during the intervening night of 29th and 30th August in an attempt to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake. The Indian Army, in a statement about the situation update in the Eastern Ladakh yesterday, had stated that the Indian side responded to these provocative actions and took appropriate defensive measures along the LAC in order to safeguard its interests and defend its territorial integrity.
“Indian troops undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground,” said the statement. The events of the late-night tension were followed by a Brigade Commander level flag meeting at Chushul to amicably resolve the issues.
While the military-level talks were still underway, yet another attempt of aggression from the Chinese side was witnessed which was prevented by the “timely defense of the Indian side”.