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India says China amassed troops along border in violation of agreements

Indian Army soldiers were killed due to a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. Photo: Getty Images. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEW DELHI, Jun 25, 2020, Reuters. India’s foreign ministry on Thursday said that China has deployed large numbers of troops and weapons along a mountainous border, in violation of bilateral agreements and leading to a clash this month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, Reuters reported.

“At the heart of the matter is that since early May the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC,” ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a briefing in New Delhi, referring to the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border.

“This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements,” he said, including a 1993 treaty that dictates that both sides will maintain limited border deployments.

Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal, editing by Alasdair Pal

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