We reported earlier about the growing tensions between India and China near the Ladakh border. Another engagement erupted this week and both sides hoped for a return to the status quo even as troops from both India and China exchanged warning rounds near Pangong lake.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian spoke at length about the current military standoff occurring in eastern Ladakh area on the de facto border between the two nations, ‘’You have a good wish. We all hope our troops get back to their camping area and there won’t be any more confrontation in the border areas. You know that place has a very bad natural condition and it is above a height of 4,000 meters, In winter this is not good for humans to live. So we hope, through diplomatic and military channels and through consultations on the ground we can achieve disengagement as soon as possible and reach consensus.”
Both sides have accused the other of trying to recklessly engage each other with spokesman Lijian adding, “I also want to stress in this incident, the Indian side fired shots to the Chinese border troops first. This is the first time since 1975 that the tranquility is interrupted by the shots. And the Chinese side always stresses that both sides should peacefully settle our differences through dialogue and consultations. Confrontation won’t benefit either.”