NEW DELHI: Reacting to reports that the LAC stand-off may not get resolved any time soon, China on Wednesday expressed hope that the “Indian side can meet the Chinese side half-way” and not do anything to further complicate the situation.
The Chinese embassy spokesperson tweeted late on Wednesday that China hoped India will refrain from any action that will complicate the border situation and that it will create “favourable conditions” for maintaining peace and stability in the border areas and healthy development of bilateral relations.
The statement was apparently in response to a query about an “Indian source” saying that the “confrontation” will last long. The official also said the two countries had been maintaining close communication through military and diplomatic channels and that the overall situation at the border is getting “stable and de-escalated”.
The Chinese statement is understood to be Beijing’s response to reports in Indian media quoting government sources as saying that the Indian army is preparing for a long haul in eastern Ladakh where the Chinese have refused to withdraw from Pangong Tso and Depsang Plains areas.