‘China media does not even mention…’: Chidambaram questions govt on LAC | Latest News India

Chidambaram tweeted, “Does the Government of India still stand by PM’s statement that no foreign soldiers have infiltrated Indian territory and there are no foreign soldiers on Indian territory?”

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday questioned the government over the recent conclusion of the 16th round of talks with China on the border dispute and pointed out that the Chinese media would not mention the talks. “Does the Government of India still maintain the Prime Minister’s statement that no foreign soldiers have infiltrated into Indian territory and there are no foreign soldiers on Indian territory?” The Congress leader asked that there have been reports based on new satellite images that a Chinese village has been built east of the Doklam plateau on the Bhutan side.

“16th round of talks between India and China on border disputes ended without agreement. China has not agreed anything on ‘Hot Springs’. China is not even ready to discuss ‘Demchok’ and ‘Depsong’,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“While the Indian media reports ‘no progress in talks’, the Chinese media does not mention the talks. Does the Indian government still stand by the Prime Minister’s statement that no foreign soldiers have infiltrated into Indian territory and there are no foreign soldiers on Indian territory?” he added.

The government had earlier said it was keeping an eye on all activities along its borders. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is beefing up border infrastructure at several sensitive locations, including the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, which is locked in a two-year standoff with the Indian Army.

In October last year, Bhutan and China signed an agreement on a “three-step roadmap” to expedite talks to resolve their escalating border dispute.

The India-China standoff at the Doklam plateau in 2017 also sparked fears of war between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Bhutan claims the territory belongs to it and India has supported Bhutan’s claims.

In a joint statement issued by India and China after the 16th round of talks, the military dialogue was described as “constructive and forward-looking” without specifying any outcome.

(with PTI inputs)


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