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Apr 23, 2013 at 02:23pm IST

Indian, Chinese military commanders hold flag meet over incursion

New Delhi: Indian and Chinese military commanders held a flag meeting in Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh, according to the reports. India wants the Chinese to withdraw their troops from Depsang, where they have been present for the last one week.

Sources have told CNN-IBN, that Ministry of External Affairs' (MEA) Joint Secretary heading the India China joint mechanism spoke to his Chinese counterpart over the issue. India had earlier summoned the Chinese ambassador and lodged a protest over the Chinese troop presence in Depsang.

However, China has denied that their troops crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC). A platoon-strength contingent of Chinese Army came 10 km inside the Indian territory on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there.

"This is not the first time. The government acts in a meek way in front of the Chinese government. This reflects a weak defence and foreign policy. The government is not concerned about the borders of this country," alleged BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

"Everything else will get resolved but the China issue is the most pressing. We need to resolve this," Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said. "This is a very serious matter. We will take up the issue in Parliament. Till the time China doesn't withdraws its troops, we will not sit back and keep quiet," added BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had summoned the Chinese Ambassador Wei Wei to South Block and stressed the need for resolving the issue, the sources said. The Chinese side said they will look into the issue and respond accordingly.

However, when contacted the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi reiterated the comments made by their Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Beijing on Monday. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying had said that "China's frontier troops have been abiding by the agreement between the two countries and abiding by the LAC agreed by the two countries. Our frontier troops have been patrolling on the China's side of LAC", Hua had said, adding, "Our troops are patrolling on the Chinese side of the LAC and have never trespassed the line".

Chinese Embassy officials maintained that China is ready to work with the Indian side to further the coordination and cooperation on the issues of boundary. Defence Minister AK Antony had said that India will take "every step" to protect its interests to resolve the situation arising out of the incursion.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)