China rejects allegation of its army`s intrusion into Ladakh
Beijing: China on Monday rejected reports of intrusion by its troops in Ladakh, saying the People`s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers patrolled the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) without "trespassing" into it.
Presenting China`s stand, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying also called for resolution of the issue through talks.
"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 said at a media briefing here, responding to a spate of questions.
"Our troops are patrolling on the Chinese side of the LAC and have never trespassed the line", she said.
A platoon-strength contingent of China`s People`s Liberation Army (PLA) came 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in DBO sector in Ladakh, which is at an altitude of about 17,000 feet, on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said today in New Delhi that India and China are holding flag meetings to address the issue of incursion.
However, China claims it has not done anything wrong. "China`s position is firm and clear. We have been abiding by the agreement of the two countries having normal patrol on Chinese side and never trespassed the LAC", the Chinese spokesperson said during the course of her replies.
"China believes that the current India-China relations have been in a fine shape. We have maintained good communication and coordination on the boundary issue," she said.
"The boundary areas are in a peaceful condition. China is willing to properly solve the boundary question based on peaceful negotiations.
"We would like to solve the boundary issue through proper mechanisms in order to create conditions for the development of China-India relations", she said.
Observers say China`s stand defending its "incursion" is puzzling as it may result in raising of a new dispute on the much agreed LAC by the two countries which brought about sense calm while they negotiated the boundary dispute.
To pointed questions on why Chinese troops chose to move forward especially when the relations between the two countries improved a great deal and ahead of reported plans by China`s new Premier Li Keqiang to visit New Delhi, Hua said there is a great deal of speculation on the border incursion issue in Indian media.
"I noticed that some Indian officials made relevant remarks. Please refer to them", she said apparently pointing to the comments that different perceptions of the LAC existed and both sides made efforts to resolve it through established mechanism.
"China values its relations with India and would like to develop sound steady and long term relationship with India", she said.
"We believe relevant problem should be properly solved through negations in a peaceful manner. Relevant issue is left over from history. The current conditions at the border are peaceful and stable. What the two countries should do now is to pool consensus and sit down together for solution. There is no need for groundless speculation and suspicion", she said.
"We believe the current India-China relations have been in a advanced shape. We have maintained good communication and coordination on the boundary issue", she said referring to the periodic talks headed by Special Representatives of the two countries to resolve the boundary dispute. The two sides held 15 rounds of talks so far.
"The boundary areas are in a peaceful condition. China is willing to properly solve the boundary question based on peaceful negotiations. We would like to solve the boundary issue through proper mechanisms in order to create conditions for the development of China-India relations".
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