NEW DELHI: China on Wednesday said it was not aware of reports of its soldiers entering Indian territory along the banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh and maintained that it was committed to peace and tranquillity
along the border.
Indian border guards on Tuesday foiled an attempt by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers to enter
Indian territory in Ladakh, resulting in pelting of stones that caused minor injuries to people on both
Asked to comment on the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “I am not
aware of the information. I can tell you that the Chinese border troops are always committed to
maintain peace and tranquillity of the India-China border.”
“We always patrol in the Chinese side along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). We urge the Indian side
to abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides,” she said.
In the past too, whenever such incursions took place, China maintained that its troops were patrolling
the Chinese side of the border, highlighting that border is yet to be delineated as the two countries
were in the process of resolving the boundary dispute.
Special Representatives of China and India have held 19 rounds of talks to resolve the boundary issue.
Asked whether there is any progress to resolve the standoff at the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector,
which has now entered the third month, Ms. Hua reiterated China’s stand that Indian troops illegally
trespassed into Chinese territory and they should unconditionally withdraw.
“This is a pre-condition for any meaningful talks between the two sides,” she said.
However, China has been acknowledging that talks are on through the diplomatic channels to discuss the
Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section
falls in Sikkim.