Beijing, June 28: In the history of Sino-India relations and brawl over the border issues, for the first time China has ‘urged’ India to ‘respect’ territorial integrity and the border treaties signed by the two countries.
China foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang's has said that the Indian border troops crossed the China-India boundary at the Sikkim section and entered the Chinese territory, obstructing Chinese border troops' normal activities in Doklam. “The Chinese side has taken proportionate measures in response’ added Geng in typical China diplomatic language.
The Chinese spokesperson further pointed out that the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary was defined by the Convention between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet in 1890. The Indian government has repeatedly confirmed that in written forms since India's independence, recognising that it concurs with China on the boundary alignment at the Sikkim section.
“The Chinese side requires the Indian side to respect the boundary convention and China's territorial sovereignty, immediately withdraw their border troops that have crossed the boundary, conduct a thorough investigation into this and safeguard peace and tranquillity of the Sikkim section”, Geng said.
Meanwhile, recently the over reactive China has suspended official pilgrimages at the Nathu La Pass, on the frontier between Sikkim and Tibet. China on Monday refused to comment on the reasons for stopping Indian pilgrim. Foreign Ministry said that talks between India and China are continuing on the entry of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims in Sikkim. Around 50 Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim were detained by China.