China trying to turn the bilateral relationship clock back to 1990
Beijing : India on Thursday accused China of pushing bilateral ties back to 1990 by trying to create a war-like situation along the 3,488-kilometre-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) via its aggressive military posture in East Ladakh.
In 1993, Xi Jinping, who is also commander in chief of the PLA, had literally torn the 1993 peace and tranquility agreement to shreds, the Modi government has served a diplomatic ultimatum on him with serious consequences on the bilateral ties.
The 1993 agreement signed during Narasimha Rao-Jiang Zemin era makes it amply clear that the military forces have to be kept to a "minimum level" along the LAC.
India claimed that all gains made in last three decade after the bilateral agreement will go in vain if China does not de-escalates and disengages the PLA forces from the LAC. "India is quite capable of handling the military to military posture on the LAC but the entire economic relationship will go for a toss if PLA does not de-escalate. It cannot be business as usual for China if this situation continues. It is this call that General Secretary Xi Jinping has to take," said a senior official.
The tension escalated between India and China after a violent clash was reported on June 15 at the Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred and around 40 PLA soldiers were also killed. China has not revealed any number of casualties on China side.