Min­istry says In­dia’s ac­tions not ‘for peace’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG QINGYUN in Bei­jing and CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton Con­tact the writ­ers at wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

What In­dia has done in its in­cur­sion into China’s Donglang area (Dok­lam) is “by no means for peace”, a For­eign Min­istry spokesman said on Thurs­day.

Spokesman Geng Shuang re­sponded af­ter the In­dian Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs said that “peace and tran­quil­ity ” of the border be­tween the two na­tions con­sti­tutes the im­por­tant pre­req­ui­site for the smooth de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Geng said that China, “out of good will”, no­ti­fied In­dia in ad­vance through a border meet­ing mech­a­nism on May 18 and June 8 about its road con­struc­tion in the Donglang area, but “the In­dian side didn’ t make any re­sponse to the Chi­nese side through any chan­nel for over one month”.

“In­stead, it fla­grantly dis­patched armed forces car­ry­ing equip­ment to il­le­gally cross the bound­ary to ob­struct China’s road build­ing. This is by no means for peace.”

By Wed­nes­day, more than one month af­ter the in­cur­sion, 48 In­dian border troops and one bull­dozer still il­le­gally re­mained in the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, ac­cord­ing to Geng.

In­dia’s ac­tion “amounts to ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity and reck­less­ness”, and the in­ci­dent “is il­le­gal un­der in­ter­na­tional law”, Geng said.

What’s more, In­dia “is build­ing roads, hoard­ing sup­plies and de­ploy­ing a large num­ber of armed forces on the In­dian side of the bound­ary,” which also “is by no means for peace”, he said.

The For­eign Min­istry is­sued a pa­per on Wed­nes­day elab­o­rat­ing on what has tran­spired — and the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion over the in­ci­dent — warn­ing In­dia not to un­der­es­ti­mate China’s re­solve to de­fend its ter­ri­tory.

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