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‘Chinese actions damaged trust in bilateral relations’

The actions taken by the Chinese forces on the ground in eastern Ladakh have damaged “considerable trust” in the bilateral relationship, India’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said in an interview. It was China’s responsibility to take a careful view of the relations and decide which direction the ties should move, he said.

‘Straight forward’

Noting that maintenance of peace and tranquillity “on the border is sine qua non for progress in the rest of bilateral relationship”, Mr. Misri said: “The resolution of this issue is quite straight forward from our perspective. The Chinese side needs to stop creating obstruction and hindrances in the normal patrolling patterns of the Indian troops,” he said.

Mr. Misri also termed China’s claim of sovereignty over the Galwan Valley “completely untenable” and asserted that these kinds of exaggerated claims were not going to help the situation.

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