India- China Tawang crisis: India triggered the clash, says Chinese army
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told the parliament -“PLA troops tried to transgress the LAC in the Yangtse area of Tawang Sector and unilaterally change the status quo”,
A short while after what the Defence minister said in the parliament, the PLA claimed that the clash in the early hours of December 9 took place after Chinese troops on regular patrol on their side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the “Dongzhang” area were blocked by Indian soldiers who had “illegally crossed the line”.
A PTI report from Beijing quoted Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesman of the PLA’s Western Theatre Command, saying, “Our troops’ response is professional, firm and standard, which has helped stabilize the situation… We ask the Indian side to strictly control and restrain the frontline forces and work with the Chinese to maintain peace and tranquility.”
The PTI report also quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin as saying that “the current border situation between China and India is generally stable”.
The Chinese military on Tuesday defended its actions in the Yangtse area of the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh and blamed India for triggering the December 9 clash by “illegally crossing” the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Senior Colonel Long Shaohua, spokesperson for the Western Theatre Command, in a statement, said the Chinese military was conducting “a regular patrol in the Dongzhang area” on “the Chinese side of the LAC” when the troops were “blocked by the Indian Army illegally crossing” the line.
“We ask the Indian side to strictly control and restrain frontline forces and work with the Chinese side to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border,” he said. “Our troops’ response is professional, firm, and standard, which has helped to stabilize the situation. Both sides have been under disengagement since then.”