In­dia told to with­draw troops im­me­di­ately

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has de­manded that In­dia im­me­di­ately with­draw bor­der troops that have crossed into Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, and cau­tioned In­dia to avoid a “more se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion and con­se­quences”.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang made the re­mark on Wed­nes­day as In­dian troops re­mained on Chi­nese soil af­ter cross­ing the Sikkim sec­tion of the Chi­naIn­dia bor­der last month.

“China once again urges In­dia to ad­here to the bound­ary con­ven­tion, re­spect China’s ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty and im­me­di­ately pull back its troops to the In­dian side to help solve the is­sue as soon as pos­si­ble,” Geng told a daily news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

The Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia bor­der was de­fined by the Con­ven­tion Be­tween Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet in 1890 and ac­knowl­edged by suc­ces­sive In­dian gov­ern­ments.

China and In­dia have been ex­plor­ing so­lu­tions to their bor­der dis­putes through meet­ings of special rep­re­sen­ta­tives and have jointly worked to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity in the bor­der area.

How­ever, Geng said, In­dian troops il­le­gally tres­pass­ing onto the Chi­nese side of the Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia bor­der, which has long been de­mar­cated, is a se­ri­ous is­sue. China has strongly protested the in­cur­sion to In­dia.

“We de­mand that In­dia ... cor­rect its mis­take with

We de­mand that In­dia ... cor­rect its mis­take with prac­ti­cal ac­tion.” Geng Shuang, spokesman for the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs

prac­ti­cal ac­tion, in a show of its sin­cer­ity to solve bor­der is­sues and de­velop the China-In­dia re­la­tion­ship, in or­der to cre­ate the nec­es­sary at­mos­phere and con­di­tions for the nor­mal de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties,” he added.

On Tues­day, Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to In­dia Luo Zhao­hui urged In­dia to un­con­di­tion­ally with­draw its bor­der troops to the In­dian side of the bor­der with China.

In an in­ter­view with the Press Trust of In­dia news agency, Luo said he was deeply wor­ried by the “grave” sit­u­a­tion.

“It is the first time that In­dian troops have crossed the mu­tu­ally rec­og­nized bound­ary and tres­passed into China’s ter­ri­tory, trig­ger­ing a closerange face­off be­tween Chi­nese and In­dian bor­der troops,” he said.

“The first step is for In­dian troops to un­con­di­tion­ally pull back onto the In­dian side of the bound­ary. That is the pre­con­di­tion for any mean­ing­ful di­a­logue be­tween China and In­dia,” he added.

Xin­hua contributed to this story.

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