China to ‘step up’ troop de­ploy­ment in In­dia bor­der row

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Bei­jing, China - China warned on Mon­day that it will step up its troop de­ploy­ment in a bor­der dis­pute with In­dia, vow­ing to de­fend its sovereignty at ‘what­ever cost’.

The stand­off started more than a month ago af­ter Chi­nese troops started build­ing a road on a re­mote plateau, which is dis­puted by China and Bhutan.

In­dian troops moved in to the flash­point zone to halt the work, with China ac­cus­ing them of vi­o­lat­ing its ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty and call­ing for their im­me­di­ate with­drawal.

“The cross­ing of the mu­tu­ally recog­nised na­tional borders on the part of In­dia... is a se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of China’s ter­ri­tory and runs against the international law,” Chi­nese De­fence Min­istry spokesman Wu Qian told a press con­fer­ence.

“The de­ter­mi­na­tion and the will­ing­ness and the re­solve of China to de­fend its sovereignty is in­domitable, and it will safe­guard its sovereignty and se­cu­rity in­ter­ests at what­ever cost,” he added.

Chi­nese ‘bor­der troops have taken emer­gency re­sponse mea­sures in the area and will fur­ther step up de­ploy­ment and train­ings in re­sponse to the sit­u­a­tion’, he said.

The spokesman did not give any de­tails about the de­ploy­ment.

In­dia and China have both said they have for­eign sup­port for their po­si­tions on the con­flict.

Bhutan has said con­struc­tion of the road is ‘a di­rect vi­o­la­tion’ of agree­ments with China. Bhutan and China do not have diplo­matic re­la­tions.

In­dia, which fought a war with China in 1962 over a sep­a­rate part of the dis­puted Hi­malayan bor­der, sup­ports Bhutan’s claim.

But In­dia should ‘not have any il­lu­sions’ that its po­si­tion will pre­vail, Wu said.

“The his­tory of the PLA (Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army) over the past 90 years has proven that our re­solve to safe­guard [China’s] sovereignty and ter­ri­tory... are in­domitable,” the Chi­nese spokesman said.

Bhutan says con­struc­tion of the [dis­puted] road [by China] is ‘a di­rect vi­o­la­tion’ of agree­ments with China

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