China issues position document on Indian border troop trespass

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It said Beijing has "sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels to resolve the incident" with "a prerequisite" that India should "immediately and unconditionally withdraw its trespassing border troops back to the Indian side of the boundary".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said during his talks with Doval, Yang also "urged India to respect China's territorial sovereignty, the global law and the basic rules governing worldwide relations and immediately pull back the trespassing India border troops to the Indian side of the boundary with no strings attached and resolve the current incident with concrete actions".

In a separate, much longer statement, China's Foreign Ministry said at one point there were more than 400 Indians on Chinese territory, who had advanced over 180 metres into China.

"India's intrusion into the Chinese territory under the pretext of Bhutan has not only violated China's territorial sovereignty but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence", India Today quotes from the statement.

The border confrontation over the Himalayan tri-junction between the two countries erupted in mid-June when Indian troops stopped Chinese soldiers from building a road at the stretch where India and China connect with Bhutan.

Hardware has been moved simultaneously by road and rail by China's western theatre command, which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles, among others, border issues with India, media reports have said.

"Since the incident broke out, India has invented various excuses to justify its illegal action, but its arguments have no factual or legal grounds at all and are simply untenable", it added.


The ministry reiterated that the border had been agreed in 1890 by the governments of China and Britain, India's colonial ruler until 1947, and later with the Indian government.

An official said that there is has no escalation and the standoff continues.

"This makes it fundamentally different from past frictions between the border troops of the two sides in areas with undelimited boundary. Since the 1980s, China and Bhutan, as two independent sovereign states, have been engaged in negotiations and consultations to resolve their boundary issue", the foreign ministry said, adding that so far both sides have had 24 rounds of talks and reached a broad consensus. "China did not cross the boundary in its road building, and it notified India in advance in full reflection of China's goodwill", the ministry said.

"The China-Bhutan boundary issue is one between China and Bhutan".

India had expressed concern over China's plans to build a road in the region saying that it may pose a security threat as the project would allow Chinese troops to cut India's access to its seven states in the Northeast.

The writer also alleged that India is illegally occupying large swathes of Chinese territory and fears that the Chinese army would retake it. It has nothing to do with India.

Both China and Bhutan claim Doklam.

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