China warns In­dian troops to with­draw

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — Bei­jing has in­ten­si­fied its warn­ings to In­dian troops to get out of a con­tested re­gion in the Hi­malayas where China, In­dia and Bhutan meet, say­ing China’s “re­straint has its lim­its” and pub­li­ciz­ing live-fire drills in Ti­bet.

In­dian troops en­tered the area in the Dok­lam Plateau in June af­ter New Delhi’s ally, Bhutan, com­plained that a Chi­nese mil­i­tary con­struc­tion party was build­ing a road in­side Bhutan’s ter­ri­tory. Bei­jing says Dok­lam is lo­cated in Ti­bet and that the bor­der dis­pute be­tween China and Bhutan has noth­ing to do with In­dia. It has de­manded that In­dian troops with­draw be­fore any talks.

On Fri­day, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion broad­cast video that it said showed an army unit in an uniden­ti­fied part of Ti­bet car­ry­ing out live-fire fir­ing ex­er­cises in the past few days.

The re­port, which was also car­ried in other state me­dia, didn’t men­tion the dis­pute with In­dia. But China’s for­eign and de­fense min­istries and the state me­dia have is­sued strongly worded state­ments on the sub­ject this week.

“China has made it clear that there is no room for ne­go­ti­a­tion and the only so­lu­tion is the un­con­di­tional and im­me­di­ate with­drawal of In­dian troops from the re­gion,” said a com­men­tary car­ried Fri­day by the of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency.

AP/NG HAN GUAN

Peo­ple linger near a mil­i­tary re­cruit­ment bill­board Fri­day in Bei­jing.

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