China releases evidence of Indian army's 'transgression' into its territory

Published: June 30, 2017
Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Beijing on Thursday released two photographs showing Indian troops and at least two military bulldozers on what it said was the Chinese side of the border, India Today reported.

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The pictorial evidence, presented as proof of Indian army’s ‘transgression’ into its territory, had the boundary highlighted with a red line.

Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. PHOTO: INDIA TODAY

Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. PHOTO: INDIA TODAY

Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. PHOTO: INDIA TODAY

Photograph released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. PHOTO: INDIA TODAY

“The Donglang region belongs to Chinese territory and it is very clear the conditions of the threshold where the areas are that were trespassed by the Indian troops,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. “This is an undeniable fact that Indian troops have trespassed the boundary and is violating our historical boundary conventions and as well as promises by the Indian government.”

According to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into the Donglang region earlier in June and obstructed work on a road on a plateau, a Reuters report said.

The two sets of troops then confronted each other close to a highly strategic valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a slither of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions.

Indian media have reported that the dispute began when China removed an old Indian bunker. China says that unlike other parts of their shared border, the delineation of the frontier with Sikkim is settled, and it has the right to develop the area. The Nathu La Pass, which lies on the frontier between Sikkim and Tibet, was the site of a fierce border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in 1967.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, India’s army chief visited the mountainous state of Sikkim bordering China on the same day, where tensions have flared after Beijing accused New Delhi of sending troops into its territory and obstructing the construction of a road.

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Small incursions and troop stand-offs are common along other parts of China and India’s contested 3,500 km frontier, but a flare-up near strategically positioned Sikkim is rare.

General Bipin Rawat arrived in Gangtok, the capital of the tiny Himalayan state, before heading off to visit troop formations. A spokesperson for the Indian army said the one-day trip was ‘routine’ and planned before the recent tensions.

Reports of the incursion and a confrontation between troops emerged as Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington to meet US President Donald Trump on Monday, the latest in a line of stand-offs reported during diplomatic initiatives.

India has deepened its military ties with the United States in recent years, worrying China, which is also unhappy with India’s refusal to participate in Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. India is concerned the project could cement China’s dominance over Asia.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • k
    Jun 30, 2017 - 1:49PM

    and how do we know that RED line shown in the figure is the actual boundary, ie reference point?? Any person with a little technical understanding will get my point.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 30, 2017 - 2:21PM

    Dear China,

    This is not the India of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty or the spineless congress. This is the new and improved Indian government 2.0. You started with the aggression by blowing up 2 Indian outposts inside the Indian border. We only retaliated and have now captured 3 km of your territory. Bhutan is also complaining of the road you’re building along its border. Slow down with all your mighty aggression. This is no longer 1962. Today America is with us and against you. You have no friends in the region except Pakistan and North Korea. Nothing good can ever come of this.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 30, 2017 - 3:32PM

    Well I see and smell some indian burning with fumes! Well done China this is the way to deal with the terror exporter the ENDIA..Recommend

  • FIqa
    Jun 30, 2017 - 4:23PM

    India, now a days behaving like an upstart. And it trickles down to their citizens even.Recommend

  • lassi a gogo
    Jun 30, 2017 - 8:45PM

    Yes, we have seen how spineful you Indians are with your so-called surgical strikes against Pakistan. Feed your troops first before trying to huff and puff and blow everyone’s house down !Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Jun 30, 2017 - 9:58PM

    @Rahul: Rahul, why are you Indians so aggressive and not only picking a fight with almost all your neighbors but also killing and terrorising your minorities?? Relax and calm down, its not worth all this terrorism and fights.Recommend

  • Aadmi
    Jul 1, 2017 - 10:40PM

    Oh, look! An Indian nationalistic troll has emerged, along with his fellow Indians up-voting him to stroke his pathetic ego.Recommend

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