Rahul Gandhi raises tough questions, asks why China

A day after National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval held talks with Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked why “China allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in our territory.”

Rahul Gandhi

“National interest is paramount. GOI’s duty is to protect it. Then, 1 – Why has Status Quo Ante not been insisted on? 2 – Why is China allowed to justify the murder of 20 unarmed jawans in our territory? 3 – Why is there no mention of the territorial sovereignty of Galwan valley?”

The comments of the Congress leader came after India and China have agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest the complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquillity.

The Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question — Ajit Doval and Wang Yi— had a ‘frank and in-depth exchange’ telephone conversation on Sunday during which they agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously, according to a statement by Ministry of External Affairs released on Monday.

They re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the LAC and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquillity in border areas.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is personally monitoring the India and China border situation continuously with the Indian Army and the standoff between the troops of two countries is expected to be resolved amicably soon, government sources said

The government sources said that Doval talked to the Chinese counterpart make the Chinese agree to begin the process of disengagement.

The sources said that the Chinese have started to withdraw their troops and tents in Galwan valley by two kilometers and in the next few days, the disengagement process will begin in other friction points including PP-14, PP-15, Hot Springs, and Finger area.

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles, and troops by 1-2 kilometers from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday.India has also moved 1-2 Km from the location. Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.

The situation at the India-China border became tense after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off in the Galwan valley on June 15-16 when Chinese troops attempted to unilaterally change the status quo during the de-escalation.