India says foils new Chinese attempt to change status quo at disputed border

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(Addition of details of the Indian army, history of previous clashes)

By Sanjeev Miglani

NEW DELHI, Aug.31 (Reuters) – India on Monday said it had foiled an attempt by Chinese troops to change the status quo on their disputed and ill-defined border in a new outbreak between the two nuclear-weapon countries .

“On the night of August 29-30, 2020, PLA troops violated the previous consensus reached during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and led military movements provocateurs to change the status quo, ”the Indian military said in a statement. declaration.

He said Indian soldiers foiled China’s attempt to “unilaterally change the facts on the ground.”

There was no immediate comment from China.

For months, troops have been locked into a confrontation in the western Himalayas where both sides accuse the other of violating the actual line of control, or the de facto border. In June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash in the Galwan Valley, following which the two sides agreed to withdraw.

But despite several rounds of talks, troops still face other points, including the high-altitude Pangong Tso lake that the two claim.

The Indian military said the latest push was along the lake.

“Indian troops have prevented this PLA activity on the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake, have taken steps to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change the facts on the ground,” he said. .

India and China failed to agree on their nearly 3,500 km (2,000 mile) border over which they went to war in 1962. This summer’s outbreak is the most serious for more than half a century.

Military officials from both countries were holding a meeting at a border point to resolve the latest crisis, the Indian military said.

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