India on Thursday distanced itself from Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong’s claims yesterday that Indian and People’s Liberation Army troops have ‘disengaged’ in the Galwan Valley and Pangong Lake areas.
“We have been reiterating our position regarding disengagement and de-escalation. I don’t have particular update right now. We’ll share with you the information regarding the next round of Commander-level talks which both leaders – External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi – agreed to hold at an early date,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Weidong on Wednesday claimed that both countries had withdrawn troops from the friction points along the Line of Actual Control near Ladakh after over a year of a bitter standoff.
Commenting on the recently-conducted elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the MEA spokesperson said that “such exercises cannot hide the illegal occupation by Pakistan in Indian territories”.
“The so-called elections in Indian territory, under illegal occupation of Pakistan, are nothing but an attempt by Pakistan to camouflage its illegal occupation and the material changes undertaken by it in these territories.