Diplo­mats ‘shocked’ by In­dian in­cur­sion

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

For­eign diplo­mats in China were shocked by In­dian troops tres­pass­ing on Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said on Tues­day.

“The in­ci­dent has aroused wide con­cern in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. ... Many diplo­mats in Bei­jing have sought ver­i­fi­ca­tion from China through diplo­matic chan­nels,” Lu told re­porters at a daily news con­fer­ence.

“The diplo­mats were shocked and felt it was hard to un­der­stand,” he said.

Last month, In­dian border troops crossed into China at the Sikkim sec­tion of the border with In­dia, a de­mar­ca­tion that has been rec­og­nized by both coun­tries for decades. The troops have re­fused to with­draw.

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 has been ac­knowl­edged by suc­ces­sive In­dian govern­ments.

Lu said that the essence of the in­ci­dent is clear. In­dian troops il­le­gally passed through the de­mar­cated area of the Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia border and en­tered Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, he said.

“Jus­tice will pre­vail. We strongly urge In­dia not to make use of the tres­pass by mil­i­tary per­son­nel as a po­lit­i­cal tool to ac­com­plish a cer­tain goal,” he said.

Lu also said In­dian forces should leave the area to avoid “go­ing too far on the wrong path”.

“We’ve said many times that In­dia should come to a clear un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion and take mea­sures to with­draw the troops, which il­le­gally crossed the border, back to the In­dian side of the border as soon as pos­si­ble,” he added.

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