In­dian tres­pass­ing la­beled ‘very se­vere’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Foreign Min­istry of­fi­cial de­scribed on Mon­day the tres­pass­ing by In­dian troops across the China-In­dia bor­der at the Sikkim sec­tion as “es­sen­tially dif­fer­ent” to pre­vi­ous stand­offs with Chi­nese bor­der troops, as this time they crossed a clearly de­mar­cated bor­der­line be­tween the two coun­tries.

This in­ci­dent is “very se­vere” as it goes against a “legally bind­ing” bound­ary treaty, as well as the Char­ter of the United Na­tions and the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Photos taken on June 18, which the min­istry has pub­lished on its web­site, show In­dian troops cross­ing the de­mar­cated Sikkim sec­tion into the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory of Dok­lam.

Geng said ear­lier that the In­dian troops ob­structed Chi­nese bor­der troops’ nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties in the area, and China had “taken pro­por­tion­ate mea­sures in re­sponse”.

The Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia bound­ary has been de­fined by the Con­ven­tion Be­tween Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet, which was signed in 1890, Geng re­it­er­ated on Mon­day.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China and the in­de­pen­dence of In­dia, gov­ern­ments of both coun­tries have rec­og­nized the va­lid­ity of the treaty, and have re­peat­edly con­firmed it in a se­ries of of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and meet­ings, Geng said.

China has lodged protest over the in­cur­sion to In­dia many times, ask­ing it to ob­serve the treaty, re­spect China’s ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty and move its troops back onto its side of the bound­ary, the spokesman said.

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