BEIJING: China again accused Indian troops of breaking “consensus” and violating territorial limits in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.
“Indian front-line troops broke the consensus and crossed the Line of Actual Control [LAC], deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a tweet.
Beijing has previously blamed Indian soldiers for provoking Monday’s clash in the eastern Ladakh area along the LAC – the countries’ de facto border in the disputed region.
At least 20 Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the fight.
“India must not misjudge the current situation or underestimate China’s firm will to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” the spokesperson added.
In a phone call with his Indian counterpart on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged New Delhi to investigate the incident and restrain its forces from any further provocations.