China urges India to 'strictly control' and 'restrain' front-line troops after Tawang clash
Indian and Chinese troops clashed last week in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in minor injuries to some soldiers on both sides.
New Delhi: China on Tuesday (December 13, 2022) urged India to "strictly control" and "restrain" its front-line troops, days after the troops of the two countries clashed in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in minor injuries to some soldiers on both sides. China also said that the soldiers of the Indian Army "illegally crossed the line to block" a routine patrol of Chinese border troops.
"We urge the Indian side to strictly control and restrain the front-line troops, and work with China to maintain peace and security on the border," news agency Reuters quoted a spokesperson from the Western Theatre Command of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) as saying.
The Indian troops "illegally crossed the line to block" a routine patrol of Chinese border troops, the spokesperson added.
The incident occurred on December 9 in the Yangtse area in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang sector, which borders China's south.
Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry said that the situation was "generally stable" along its border with India.
At a media briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the two sides have maintained smooth communication on border-related issues through diplomatic and military channels.
Wang also said that Beijing hopes that the "Indian side will work with us in the same direction" and smoothly deliver the important common understanding reached by leaders of both sides.