Sikkim standoff different from previous border frictions: China

Jul 13, 2017, 08:12 IST | Agencies

The militaries of India and China are in a standoff at Doka La
The militaries of India and China are in a standoff at Doka La

China yesterday claimed that the Sikkim standoff is "different" from the previous border frictions along the Line of Actual Control as it has taken place at a "defined section" of the boundary.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, while reacting to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's remarks that the two countries will be able to handle the Sikkim standoff as they have dealt with such border differences in the past, said China has pointed out many times that the Indian border troops "illegally trespassed" a mutually recognised border line.

"This is different from the frictions that happened in the undefined sections of the border region," Geng told reporters here.

Reacting to Geng's remarks, official sources in New Delhi said the principles on which the differences between the two countries on the border issues and tri-junctions are addressed are mutually agreed upon and well established.

Geng's remarks come amid a standoff between the militaries of India and China in the Doka La area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers.

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