China lodges protest over ‘crossing of border’ by Indian troops in Sikkim
BEIJING China accused the Indian troops Tuesday of “crossing the border” section in Sikkim and demanded its immediate withdrawal, while claiming that it has closed Nathu India’s entry for pilgrims traveling to Kailash mansarovar due to border stagnation.
China also said it had filed diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, claiming that Indian troops crossed + into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector.
“We have filed a formal protest in Beijing and New Delhi to develop our solemn position,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
“Our position to maintain our territorial sovereignty is unshakeable. We hope that India’s part can work with China in the same direction and withdraw the personnel immediately who overcame and crossed the border with China,” he said.
China said last night that it had canceled the visit of Indian pilgrims entering Tibet through the Nathu La Pass “for security reasons” because of the border issue.
“China urges India to immediately withdraw its border + border guards and an in-depth investigation into this matter,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.
“Indian border guards crossed the border into the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered China’s territory and hampered the normal activities of border forces with China in the Donglang region recently, and the Chinese side Has taken action against, “it said in a statement the night before.
His statement comes after the Defense Ministry has accused the Indian troops to oppose the construction of a highway + in what was intended to be Chinese territory.
The conflict over the construction of the road was apparently the reason why China has detained a lot of 47 Indian pilgrims to cross the Nathu La border in Sikkim to Tibet to visit Kailash and Mansarovar.
Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said yesterday that China has recently started building a road in the Donglang area but was detained by Indian troops through the LAC.
In his statement, Geng said that the Sikkim section of the China-India border has been defined by treaties, noting that the Government of India has repeatedly confirmed in writing that there was no objection in this regard.
China calls on India to respect China’s territorial boundaries and sovereignty treaties to maintain peace and stability on the China-India border, Geng said.
Given the above case, for security reasons, China must abandon the organization for the pilgrims of India to enter China through the passage of Nathu La, said Geng, adding that China has informed India of its decision through diplomatic channels .
The Nathu La Pass is 4,455 meters above sea level and is located between Yadong County in Xigaze Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region and Sikkim.
Yesterday, Geng also said that the foreign ministries of the two countries were in negotiations on this issue.
The statement comes after Geng’s tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim after a clash between Indian army personnel and PLA, prompting Chinese troops to damage bunkers on the Indian side of the border.
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The incident took place the first week of June near the Lalten Doka post in the general area of La in Sikkim after a clash between the two forces unleashed tensions along the China-India border.