`China complying with consensus to maintain peace along LAC`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 19:18
Beijing: Amid reports of Chinese border incursions and cross-border firing, China on Tuesday said that it was "strictly" abiding by the "consensus" reached with India to maintain peace along the disputed boundary.

"The Chinese and Indian governments have reached consensus on border issues -- that is the two sides will jointly strive to safeguard peace in the region before final settlement," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said at a biweekly press briefing.

"China has always strictly abided by the consensus," she said.

Responding to a query on a report that two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were injured by bullets fired from the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim two weeks ago, Jiang said "I have replied to this question earlier. For more details, you may contact the concerned department."

At the same time, she said that some Indian media outlets were releasing "inaccurate information."

"It's hard to understand some Indian media's purpose when they publish reports that are not accurate," she said and hoped that the Indian media will do more to contribute to improvement of Sino-Indian relations.

At the latest round of boundary talks in August, China and India agreed the two countries should push forward the talks process and seek a just and fair formula to solve problems acceptable to both sides.

Last week, China had brushed aside reports of its border guards having intruded into Ladakh and painted boulders and rocks red there.

At that time, Jiang had dismissed the reports of border intrusions as "groundless and incorrect."

India says China is illegally occupying 43,180 sq kms of Jammu and Kashmir, including 5,180 sq km illegally ceded to Beijing by Islamabad under the Sino-Pakistan boundary agreement in 1963. China accuses India of possessing some 90,000 sq km of Chinese territory, mostly in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of reports about Chinese incursions, a Parliamentary Standing Committee has decided to take up the issue for a detailed examination.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, which also looks into the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, will also scrutinise the racist violence in foreign countries, an issue that has been exercising India in the wake of attack on Indian students in Australia.

The Committee will examine India's relationship with China with special reference to recent border violations, a Lok Sabha bulletin said.

India's role in rehabilitation of Tamils in Sri Lanka, its relations with SAARC countries with special reference to national security and trade relations, its engagement with global actors on the issue of climate change are the other issues that have been selected by the Committee for examination.

The Committee would also look into India's Look East policy with special reference to Japan and its role as soft power in maintaining good relations with other countries, the bulletin said.

Besides the issue of racist violence against Indians in foreign countries, the Committee, as part of Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry, would examine the issues of welfare scheme for Indian workers going abroad and engagement of Indian Diaspora in Gulf region.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 19:18

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