Indian forces carried out two “provocative” forays across the country’s disputed border with China on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said. Those resulted in “serious physical clashes” on both sides, Zhao added. The comment came shortly after the Indian military reported three deaths on its side.
China‘s military on Tuesday demanded that India immediately stop all infringements and provocative actions against China and return to dialogue to resolve their disagreements, following reports of a border clash.
The remarks by Zhang Shuli, spokesman for the Chinese Western Theater Command, were published by Chinese state media and the military’s official newspaper following reports of a clash between Indian and Chinese troops that India called a “violent faceoff” on the disputed border between two countries.
Zhao gave no details on any casualties on the Chinese side, but said China had strongly protested the incident while still being committed to maintaining “peace and tranquility” along the disputed and heavily militarized border high in the Himalayas.
“But what is shocking is that on June 15, the Indian troops seriously violated the consensus of the two sides, crossed the border illegally twice and carried out provocative attacks on Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical conflicts between the two border forces,” Zhao said.
India’s army said three solders were killed in Monday’s clash.