The Chinese government on Tuesday said it was unaware of a report in India that suggested China has extended its control over a significant amount of disputed territory in the Ladakh region.

But a Foreign Ministry official said China “abided by the strict commitments” it had made to New Delhi on the border issue.

The district administration in Leh sent a report to the Home Ministry this week, saying India had lost “substantial” amount of land to China along the Line of Actual Control over the past two decades. The report suggested failure by government agencies to properly map and monitor the disputed territory.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said she was unaware of the claims, indicating New Delhi did not approach Chinese officials over the report.

Ms. Jiang said China had “always abided by the strict commitments” it made to New Delhi and the two countries had “reached a consensus” to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border, pending a final settlement.

The two countries have had 13 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute. The talks have made little progress, and several areas along the western as well as eastern sections have not been formally demarcated by the two sides.

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