No troop build up by Chinese at Indo-Tibet border says India
India has strongly refuted claims by China about a troop build up or military exercise at Ladakh. China had on Tuesday said amidst the Doklam standoff that the People's Liberation Army was conducting live fire drills in the western sector to strike awe in India.
India has said that this is a routine exercise that the PLA conducts in several areas including Xinjiang and Tibet. There has been no signs of concentration of build up of forces along the Indo-Tibet border, officials informed OneIndia.
The Chinese had shown a five minute video of a military drill involving 10 PLA units to keep the Doklam standoff in an aggravated state. The Doklam standoff has entered into the second month and there has been no respite.
On Monday the Chinese foreign ministry said that India was to blame for the stone pelting that took place at Ladakh last week. On the other hand the Global Times while quoting experts said that the People's Liberation Army was conducting live fire drills in the western sector to strike awe in India.
Indian officials that OneIndia spoke with could not confirm the live fire drills. It may be an outdated footage, an official said. The official however added that the Chinese are trying to keep the standoff in an aggravated state and hence is putting out such propaganda material.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, Chinese border forces were carrying out "normal" patrols on the Chinese side of the Pangong Lake located in Ladakh in the western Himalayas.
"During this time they were obstructed by Indian border forces and the Indian side took fierce actions, colliding with the Chinese personnel and having contact with their bodies, injuring the Chinese border personnel," she told a daily news briefing. What India did went against the two countries' consensus to keep the peace on the border and it endangered the situation there, she added, stating, "China is extremely dissatisfied with this".
Rajnath Singh said that a solution would come out soon. China will take a positive step from its side, the home minister said while addressing Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Monday. "We want to maintain good relations with our neighbours. We don't want conflict, we want peace," he also said.