Amid stand-off between Chinese and Indian armies at the ground, diplomatically China says that it is ready to work with India. This is in contrast to what their army is perpetrating along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
Contrary to what is discussed during peace-talks and agreeing to diffuse tension along the LAC, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China did little towards disengagement through pulling back troops, weapons, artillery guns, tanks and rocket launchers.
There are three steps that go for restoration of normalcy—disengagement, de-escalation and restoration of patrolling rights in the problem locations. But the perception of LAC varies between India and China. India has been denied patrolling by China at a location north of Pangong Tso and in parts of Depsang plains.
Even though China said that they are ready to work with India to improve the mutual political trust, iron out differences and safeguard the long-term development of bilateral ties, their activities belie this.
The Indian Prime Minister, during his Independence Day address had said that India is ready to face any eventuality and has already given a fitting reply to Chinese attempt of incursion.
When journalists sought China’s reaction to Modi’s Independence comment Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “We have noted Prime Minister Modi’s speech…. We are close neighbours… the sound development of bilateral ties not only serves the interest of the two peoples but also stability, peace, prosperity of the region and the whole world.” He said that China is willing to work with India to better mutual political trust and step up practical cooperation and protect bilateral interests.