Singapore/New Delhi: China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has claimed that his forces have “found a lot of weapons owned by the Indian side” on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control and also claimed that India has “sent people” to the China’s side of the border.
Answering a question related to the India-China border tension at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Wei said:
“On status quo on the China-India border areas, China and India are neighbours, maintaining a good relationship, which meets the interests of both countries and that is what we are working on.
“But on frictions along the border areas the merits of the issue is clear. I personally experienced the start and end of the friction as the defence minister,” he said, referring to the fatal Galwan clash of 2020.
“We have found a lot of weapons owned by the Indian side, they have also sent people to the Chinese side of the territory,” he claimed.
“We have had 15 round of corps commander level negotiations with India and we are working together for peace in this area,” he added.
He was responding to a question asking him to explain why two years ago the PLA had unilaterally moved to change the status quo at multiple points at the LAC with India, in breach of agreements that both sides had negotiated, which led to the Galwan military clash, the first in 45 years.
The June 2020 clash in the Galwan valley which left 20 Indian soldiers dead, was one of the worst in 45 years, and led to a military standoff between the two sides. (UNI)