India-China Border: MEA Responds To Chinese Provocation

Indian Ministry of External Affairs has made it clear that China provoking India amid the ongoing border tensions is unacceptable.

Jessica David

September 30, 2020

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While warning Beijing against advancing its untenable unilateral interpretation, India on Tuesday (September 29) said that it has never accepted 1959 definition of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. In response to queries on a recent media report quoting a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement regarding China’s position on the LAC, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava, said, “India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 LAC. This position has been consistent and well known, including the Chinese side.”

Under various bilateral agreements, including the 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the LAC, the 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the military field, the 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, the 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question, both India and China have committed to clarification and confirmation of the LAC to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC.

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