India rejects China's position on Ladakh, says New Delhi never accepted 'so-called unilaterally defined' 1959 LAC
The MEA's comments come after a Chinese spokesperson said that Beijing abides by the LAC as proposed by the then-Premier Zhou Enlai to Nehru in a letter dated 7 November, 1959
New Delhi: India on Tuesday rejected China's position that it abides by its 1959 stand on the perception of the Line of Actual Control(LAC), and asked the neighbouring country to refrain from advancing an "untenable unilateral" interpretation of the de-facto border.
The stand by China spelled out by its foreign ministry insisting that it takes the 1959 line on the perception of the LAC amid a nearly five-month-long border standoff in eastern Ladakh triggered a strong reaction from India.
"India has never accepted the so-called unilaterally defined 1959 Line of Actual Control (LAC). This position has been consistent and well known, including to the Chinese side," MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in response to a question by the media on the issue.
The spokesperson's comments came after a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Hindustan Times that China abides by the LAC as proposed by then-Premier Zhou Enlai to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a letter dated 7 November, 1959.
Srivastava referred to various bilateral agreements including the 1993 agreement on maintenance of peace and tranquility along the LAC, the 1996 pact on confidence-building measures (CBMs), and the 2005 agreement on political parameters and guiding principles for the settlement of the boundary issue, to emphasise that both sides showed commitment to reach a common understanding of the alignment of the LAC.
"Therefore, the insistence now of the Chinese side that there is only one LAC is contrary to the solemn commitments made by China in these agreements," he said, adding the Indian side has always respected and abided by the LAC.
Referring to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's recent address to Parliament, Srivastava said it is the Chinese side which by its attempts to transgress the LAC in various parts of the Western Sector has tried to unilaterally alter the status quo.
The MEA spokesperson also talked about the repeated affirmation of the Chinese side in the last few months that the current situation in the border areas should be resolved in accordance with the agreements signed between the two countries.
"In the agreement reached between External Affairs Minister and his Chinese counterpart on 10 September also, the Chinese side has reiterated its commitment to abide by all the existing agreements," Srivastava said.
"We, therefore, expect that the Chinese side will sincerely and faithfully abide by all agreements and understandings in their entirety and refrain from advancing an untenable unilateral interpretation of the LAC," he added
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