A document in which India admitted Chinese intrusion nto its territory in the Eastern Ladakh Region which was put up on the Ministry of Defence Website has disappeared after two days.
This was the first official document that had noted about ‘Chinese Aggression’ since territorial disputes between the neighbours had escalated. 20 Indian soldiers were killed on June 15th in the worst fight between the neighbors for decades now.
The 4-page document detailing the “Major Activities of Depart of Defence for the Month of June 2020” which had a subsection on “Chinese Aggression on LAC” which was posted up on the Ministry’s Website under the ‘What’s New’ section ‘ had noted that “Chinese aggression has been increasing along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and more particularly in Galwan valley since May 5, 2020. The Chinese side has transgressed in the areas of Kungrang Nala, Gogra, and north bank of Pangong Tso Lake on May 17-18,” the ministry said in the “What’s New” section on its website, under the title “Chinese Aggression on LAC”.
It has to be noted that the website has documents that summarize the major activities that the Defence Ministry undertakes each month. However, only the document for the month of July is missing.
The incident has raised concerns over India’s territorial sovereignty as PM Narendra Modi had in June repeatedly claimed that there was no intrusion by China on India’s territory whatsoever through his Media assurances.
Even in the All-Party meeting that PM Narendra Modi had called, he had denied any Chinese intrusions stating that “Neither has anyone intruded into our territory nor taken over any post. Our forces are doing what they have to do to protect the country, whether it is deployment, action, or counter-action. Our patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure, especially along LAC.”
President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi has tweeted about the issue and has noted that “Forget standing up to China, India’s PM lacks the courage even to name them Denying China is in our territory and removing documents from websites won’t change the facts,”
Forget standing up to China, India’s PM lacks the courage even to name them.
Denying China is in our territory and removing documents from websites won’t change the facts.https://t.co/oQuxn77FRs
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2020
India and China have had Five rounds of talks in order to de-escalate the border tensions. The last meetings took place between Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 14 Corps of the Indian Army, and Major General Liu Lin of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army took place on 2nd August at the Chushul-Moldo point on LAC.