Ladakh standoff: Chinese Defence Min told Rajnath Singh ‘responsibility lies entirely with India’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was told by his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during their meeting in Moscow that “responsibility (recent events in Ladakh lies entirely with India”, China’s Ministry of Defence has claimed.

The Chinese Defence Ministry went on to suggest that Wei Fenghe told the Indian delegation led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that relations between the two countries and the two militaries have been severely affected by the border issue. The cause and truth of current tension on the border between China and India are very clear, and the responsibility lies entirely with India.

Both defence ministers sat down for a joint meeting accompanied by high-level delegations in Moscow on Friday. Singh and Fenghe are in Russia for the meeting of member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO.

It has been reported that Fenghe requested for a meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over the India-China military standoff in eastern Ladakh. Both armies have mobilized in friction areas along the LAC in response to the violent Galwan Valley clash where India lost 20 soldiers and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA suffered an unknown number of casualties.

“China’s territory cannot be lost, and the Chinese military is fully determined, capable, and confident to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Both sides should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by Chairman Jinping and Prime Minister Modi and insist on solving problems through dialogue and consultation,” the Chinese Ministry of Defence went on to say.

It also expressed hope that “Indian side will strictly abide by the series of agreements reached by the two sides, effectively strengthen the control of the front-line forces, refrain from provoking the current line of actual control, refrain from any actions that may cause the situation to heat up, and refrain from deliberately hyping and spreading negative information”.

“The two sides should focus on the overall situation of Sino-Indian relations and regional peace and stability, work together and meet each other halfway, to promote the current situation to cool down as soon as possible, and to maintain peace and tranquillity in the Sino-Indian border area,” the statement said.

China’s Ministry of Defence even claimed Rajnath Singh said that under the current situation, border peace and stability are of vital importance to bilateral relations. “We should maintain open channels for dialogue at all levels of the military and diplomacy between the two sides, and resolve issues peacefully through dialogue and consultation,” the statement went on to add.

“It is hoped that the two sides will adopt a responsible attitude to achieve full disengagement of front-line forces as soon as possible, avoid taking measures that escalate or complicate the situation, prevent differences from becoming disputes, and push the relations between the two countries and the armed forces back on track as soon as possible,” China’s Defence Ministry said.

Ladakh standoff: Chinese Defence Min told Rajnath Singh 'responsibility lies entirely with India'