India says China amassed troops along border in violation of agreements
By Devjyot Ghoshal
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - China has deployed large numbers of troops and weapons along a controversial Himalayan border in violation of bilateral agreements, the Indian State Department said Thursday, accusing Beijing of escalating tensions and a fatal clash last week trigger.
"The focus of the matter is that the Chinese side has amassed a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC since the beginning of May," said the ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, in a briefing in New Delhi, referring to the line of the actual control. the de facto limit.
"This is not in line with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements," he said, including a 1993 contract that requires both sides to maintain limited border operations.
China has blamed India for the clash - the deadliest between its two nuclear-armed neighbors for at least five decades - and said Indian troops attacked Chinese officers and soldiers.
In response to China's increased presence last month, India also deployed large numbers of troops along the LAC, Srivastava said, resulting in encounters in the Ladakh region of the western Himalayas.
On June 15, Indian and Chinese troops fought in the Galwan Valley for several hours. They beat each other with stones and sticks with nails embedded in them, killing 20 Indian soldiers and injuring at least 76 others. China has not announced how many victims its troops have suffered.
After high-ranking military commanders held Parleys this week, both sides have now agreed to withdraw their troops to the controversial border.
However, in satellite images reviewed by Reuters, China appears to have added new structures near the site of the Galwan Valley collision, which India says is on its side of the LAC. This includes camouflaged tents or covered structures as well as a potential new warehouse under construction with walls or barricades.
(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal, editor of Alasdair Pal and Alexandra Hudson)
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