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Chinese troops committed to maintain peace along Sino-Indo border: China

Chinese troops committed to maintain peace along Sino-Indo border: China

Beijing [China]: China on Wednesday said that its border troops are always committed to maintain the peace and tranquility along the Indo-China border.

Reacting to the skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops in the Ladakh region, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said that she was not aware about this report.

“I can tell you that the Chinese Border troops are always committed to maintain the peace and tranquility of the India and China border. And we always patrol along the Chinese side of line of control. And we urge the Indian side to abide by the line of control and relevant conventions between two sides,” she said.

Earlier, reports said that Indian troops foiled an apparent attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian side of the LAC in Ladakh region, leading to unarmed clash.

Hua further said that China hopes New Delhi and Beijing develop relations which are conducive to regional peace and development.

She also reiterated China’s firm and consistent stand on border standoff saying that Indian border troops must be withdrawn unconditionally for any meaningful talks between the two sides.

Asserting that Chinese border troops always patrol along the Chinese side of line of actual control, Hua said China urges India to abide by the convention reached between the two sides and uphold the peace and stability of the India China border areas.

Earlier, a prescheduled Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) was reportedly held between India and China in Jammu and Kashmir’s Chushul area in Leh district.

As per sources, incidents, issues to ensure strengthening of existing mechanism for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed in this meeting.

As per sources, incidents, issues to ensure strengthening of existing mechanism for maintaining peace and tranquility were discussed in this meeting.

The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other’s territories, but clashes are rare.

The two armies are already engaged in a standoff in the Doklam Plateau further east, in another part of their 3,500-kilometer-long unmarked mountain border.

China has repeatedly asked India to unilaterally withdraw from the Doklam area, or else face the prospect of a military-related escalation.

The trouble started in June when India sent troops to stop China building a road in the Doklam area, which is remote, uninhabited territory claimed by both China and India’s ally Bhutan.

New Delhi said it sent its troops because Chinese military activity in Doklam, near the trijunction of the borders of India, China and Bhutan, was a threat to the security of its own northeast region, especially in Sikkim. But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway. (ANI)