Min­istry doc­u­ment shows bor­der vi­o­la­tions

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

In­dia’s tres­pass across the China-In­dia bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor and into the Dong Lang area (Dok­lam) is a se­vere vi­o­la­tion to China’s ter­ri­tory and in­tegrity, and its be­hav­ior “can­not be tol­er­ated by any sov­er­eign state”, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wed­nes­day.

Ear­lier in the day, the min­istry is­sued a pa­per giv­ing de­tails of the in­cur­sion and re­buk­ing In­dia’s ex­cuses for the move.

On June 18, more than 270 armed Indian bor­der troops and two bull­doz­ers crossed the bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor at the Duo Ka La (Doka La) pass and ad­vanced more than 100 me­ters into Chi­nese ter­ri­tory to ob­struct road build­ing of the Chi­nese side, the pa­per shows.

Geng said the Indian troops re­main il­le­gally in China’s ter­ri­tory, and In­dia, “in­stead of tak­ing ef­fec­tive mea­sures to cor­rect its wrong­do­ing, has fab­ri­cated ex­cuses for the il­le­gal tres­pass by con­coct­ing var­i­ous un­grounded rea­sons.”

China has re­peat­edly pointed out that In­dia’s tres­pass vi­o­lates the 1890 Con­ven­tion Between Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet, which de­lin­eates the China-In­dia bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor. Ac­cord­ing to the con­ven­tion, the Dong Lang area (Dok­lam) is on the Chi­nese side of the bound­ary.

The area, lo­cated in Yadong county of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion, “has all along been part of China and un­der China’s con­tin­u­ous and ef­fec­tive ju­ris­dic­tion”, the For­eign Min­istry said in the pa­per. “There is no dis­pute in this re­gard.”

Indian bor­der troops have “ob­structed the nor­mal pa­trols along the bound­ary

by Chi­nese bor­der troops, and at­tempted to build mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions across the bound­ary” in re­cent years, the min­istry said.

“The fact of the mat­ter is it is In­dia that has at­tempted time and again to change the sta­tus quo of the China-In­dia bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor, which poses a grave se­cu­rity threat to China,” it said.

The min­istry also re­buked the no­tion that the in­cur­sion took place at the bound­ary tri-junc­tion between China, In­dia and Bhutan, say­ing it oc­curred “more than 2,000 me­ters away from Mount Ji Mu Ma Zhen” and thus has noth­ing to do with the tri­junc­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the 1890 con­ven­tion, the moun­tain is the eastern start­ing point of the China-In­dia bound­ary in the Sikkim Sec­tor and the bound­ary tri-junc­tion of the three coun­tries.

“It (In­dia) has no right to uni­lat­er­ally al­ter the de­lim­ited bound­ary and its eastern start­ing point, still less should it vi­o­late China’s ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty on the ba­sis of its un­ten­able ar­gu­ments,” the min­istry said.

Urg­ing In­dia to with­draw troops “im­me­di­ately and un­con­di­tion­ally”, the min­istry said, “China will take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to safe­guard its le­git­i­mate and law­ful rights and in­ter­ests.”

Geng said China is­sued the pa­per to fur­ther ex­plain what re­ally hap­pened and elab­o­rate on the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion.

“China did this to safe­guard its ter­ri­tory and sovereignty, the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law and the ba­sic norms of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, as well as j us­tice,” he said. “China be­lieves t hat t he right can­not be wronged, and jus­tice will pre­vail.”


A For­eign Min­istry photo re­leased on Wed­nes­day shows Indian troops en­croach­ing on Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

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