No need for diplomatic talks with China on border issue: Khurshid
New Delhi: As Indian and Chinese local military commanders held a flag meeting on Tuesday over the alleged incursion by Chinese troops in Ladakh, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid ruled out any need to hold diplomatic-level talks on the issue.
"There is no need for diplomatic-level talks," Khurshid told reporters outside Parliament.
He said the commanders from both sides would hold discussions "to work out a solution at flag meetings, as they have been doing in the past".
According to reports, Chinese troops had allegedly intruded 10 km deep inside Indian territory in Ladakh and set up a tented post there. The Indian Army is also reported to have moved in more troops in the region. Beijing has denied any incursion across the Line of Actual Control, which is a notional line.
India had raised the issue with China last week.
Khurshid said India and China have set up a mechanism to resolve border issues. He also reiterated that both sides have made progress in their bilateral ties and it is not necessary to raise a question on such issues.
Khurshid said India will take "necessary action" in the matter.
Defence Minister AK Antony had said on Monday that India will take "every step" to protect its interests to resolve the situation arising out of the alleged incursion by Chinese troops into Indian territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said on Monday that "China`s frontier troops have been abiding by the agreement between the two countries and abiding by the LAC (Line of Actual Control) 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."
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Revealed - How Indian Army hit terror camps across LoC!
- Pak forces will teach Zee News what real surgical strike is: Hafiz Saeed
- DNA: Indian Army carries out surgical strikes across LoC
- India used 'Cartosat 2c' satellite in surgical strikes against Pakistan
- Panel discussion on Hafiz Saeed's reaction after Indian Army surgical strikes
- Hafiz Saeed threatens Zee News, says Pak forces will teach what real surgical strikes are
- Pak postpones SAARC Summit after five member states pull out of conference: As it happened
- After threatening Zee News, Hafiz Saeed says PM Modi, Ajit Doval staged `surgical strike drama'
- India's surgical strikes: Pakistan buries slain terrorists to hide evidence, asks Masood Azhar to go mum
- Who is Chandu Babulal Chauhan and why India wants to bring him back from Pakistan - Read