Min­istry dismisses me­dia re­port on Donglang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.com.cn Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to this story.

The For­eign Min­istry has dis­missed a me­dia re­port that China of­fered to re­po­si­tion its troops to re­solve the ten­sion with In­dia in the Donglang (Dok­lam) area.

Reuters re­ported on Tues­day that af­ter In­dia de­manded Chinese troops pull back 250 me­ters, China coun­terof­fered to move its troops back 100 me­ters.

The Spokesper­son’s Of­fice told China Daily on Thurs­day that the re­port is not true. “China will not trade its ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty un­der any cir­cum­stances,” it said.

“China’s po­si­tion on solv­ing this in­ci­dent is clear and firm. In­dia must im­me­di­ately and un­con­di­tion­ally with­draw all its tres­pass­ing troops and equip­ment back to the In­dian side of the bor­der,” the of­fice said in a state­ment.

Sun Hong­nian, a border­land ex­pert of the Chinese Academy of So­cial Sciences, called the Reuters re­port “fake news” com­ing pos­si­bly from In­dia, which “in­tends to turn Donglang into a dis­puted area”.

Zhao Xiaozhuo, a re­searcher at the PLA Academy of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence, said China could never ac­cept In­dia’s “to­tally un­rea­son­able” de­mand.

In­dia aims to nul­lify the Con­ven­tion Be­tween Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet so it can change the only de­fined sec­tor on the China-In­dia bound­ary into an “un­de­fined” one, Zhao said.

The Sikkim sec­tor of the China-In­dia bound­ary was de­fined in the con­ven­tion signed in 1890 with Donglang be­ing Chinese ter­ri­tory on the Chinese side of the bor­der.

In­dia had hon­ored the con­ven­tion un­til Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ad­min­is­tra­tion re­fused, Zhao said.

In­dian troops crossed into Donglang in mid-June to block Chinese road con­struc­tion. It has tried to jus­tify the in­cur­sion as be­ing in a “tri-junc­tion” be­tween China, In­dia and Bhutan.

“In­dia’s in­tru­sion ... has not only vi­o­lated China’s ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty but also chal­lenged Bhutan’s sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence,” the For­eign Min­istry said ear­lier this month.

On Thurs­day, sev­eral In­dian me­dia cited anony­mous sources as claim­ing that In­dia’s mil­i­tary had or­dered im­me­di­ate evac­u­a­tion of an In­dian vil­lage 35 kilo­me­ters from Donglang.

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