New Delhi: On a day when China stated that it does not recognise “illegally established union territory of Ladakh”, India on Tuesday asked Beijing to refrain from advancing “an untenable unilateral interpretation of the Line of Actual Control (LAC)”.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Indian government has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 LAC.
The MEA minced no words in accusing China of transgressing the de-facto border and attempting to unilaterally alter the status quo. “It is China which by its attempts to transgress LAC in various parts of the Western Sector tried to unilaterally alter status quo,” the MEA said.
“We’ve seen report quoting a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement on China’s position on Line of Actual Control in India-China border areas. India never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 LAC. The position has been consistent, well known; including to the Chinese,” the MEA stated.
“Under their various bilateral agreements including 1993 Agreement on Maintenance of Peace & Tranquility along LAC, 1996 Agreement on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in military field, 2005 Protocol on Implementation of CBMs, 2005 Agreement on Political Parameters & 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,” the ministry said further.
“The two sides had engaged in an exercise to clarify and confirm the LAC up to 2003, but the process couldn’t proceed further as Chinese didn’t show willingness. Therefore, the Chinese insistence now that there is only one LAC is contrary to solemn commitments made by them,” it added.
India called on China to “sincerely and faithfully” follow all agreements and understandings “in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC”.