China says it told In­dia in ad­vance about ac­tiv­ity

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Bei­jing, China - China on Wed­nes­day said it had in­formed In­dia in ad­vance about its road build­ing ac­tiv­ity in Dok­lam on the bor­der and re­it­er­ated its de­mand that New Delhi must with­draw its troops im­me­di­ately from the area.

Bei­jing, which ear­lier said it won’t talk to New Delhi un­til the In­dian troops leave, also hinted that the two sides were in touch to re­solve the drag­ging dis­pute on the Sikkim sec­tion of the bor­der.

In a 15-page doc­u­ment, China’s For­eign Min­istry said the num­ber of In­dian sol­diers in Dok­lam since the be­gin­ning of the cri­sis had come down from 270 to 40 by the end of July.

The stand-off be­tween In­dian and Chi­nese sol­diers be­gan on June 16 over a road be­ing built by the Chi­nese Army in Dok­lam.

In­dian troops stopped them from con­struct­ing the road, cit­ing the pend­ing own­er­ship of Dok­lam.

(AFP)

This file photo shows sol­diers from China (left) and In­dia plac­ing a barbed wire fence at the Nathu La bor­der cross­ing, in In­dia’s north­east­ern state Sikkim on July 5, 2006

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