India asks China to withdraw troops at disputed border

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NEW DELHI—India’s foreign ministry said Tuesday it had asked China to withdraw troops who have allegedly advanced into disputed territory claimed by New Delhi in a remote area of the Himalayas.

“We have asked the Chinese side to maintain the status quo in this sector (of the western border),” spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told a first official briefing on the subject. “By this I mean the status quo prior to this incident.”

Akbaruddin added that the Chinese ambassador to New Delhi had been summoned over the alleged incursion on April 15, when a platoon of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is said to have advanced and erected a camp.

He stressed that there were differing perceptions of the undefined frontier in the Buddhist-majority Indian region of Ladakh which is a source of friction between the neighbors.

Mechanisms exist to resolve border problems peacefully and if troops were to come face-to-face “they shall exercise self-restraint and take all necessary steps to avoid an escalation of the situation,” he said.

Referring to denials in Beijing which dismissed Indian concerns as “speculation,” he added that the alleged violation was “not something that we have conjured up” and described it as a “face-to-face” situation.

China denied Monday that its troops had encroached on Indian territory or that they had contravened accords signed in 1993 and 1996 designed to maintain peace along the so-called Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that “Chinese-Indian relations have been developing well” and added that both sides had “maintained good communication and cooperation on the border issue.”

A meeting between local commanders was underway to resolve the incident as Chinese troops continued to maintain their position on Tuesday in Dipasang, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) by road east of regional capital Leh, officials said.

“Nothing has changed since April 15. Everything is as it was then,” the local district commissioner whose administrative area covers the area, Tsering Angchuk, told AFP by telephone.

Tension at the border is a regular feature and the Indian press frequently reports on minor alleged violations by Chinese troops as well as the build-up of military forces and infrastructure in frontier areas of Tibet.

A report on The Times of India’s website referred to a “devious Chinese plot being exposed” on Tuesday and said two helicopters had also violated India’s airspace when the PLA troops advanced.

Relations between the giant neighbors are often prickly and marked by mutual suspicion—a legacy of a brief border war in 1962 that was waged in Ladakh and in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

India’s The Hindu newspaper reported recently that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was set to visit New Delhi next month as part of efforts to boost ties between the world’s most populous countries.

The apparent movement of Chinese troops is likely to add to concerns among China’s neighbors about Beijing’s respect for its current borders as a long list of regional troublespots lengthens.

China is at odds with Vietnam and the Philippines, among others, in the South China Sea, which the Philippines refers to as West Philippine Sea.

It also has a territorial dispute with Japan over islands in the East China Sea, and the Japanese prime minister vowed Tuesday to “expel by force” any Chinese landing on the isles at the center of the row.—Adam Plowright

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  • $18209031

    Hindis looking for a fight again just like the Britishers who made the socalled McMahon Line of Control that overstretched far beyond into the Chinese Tibetan border which ended in the Sino Indo border war of 1962. The British remapped the borders without proper consultation that resulted in all these troubles today.

    • Guest

      The British did the same incorrect remapping all over Africa – plunging the continent into war and chaos after they left.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        the french did most of north africa. where there is war going on now

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      No wonder communist China overrun Tibet by force. Is that justified? Communist China should get out out of Tibet.

      • The Enforcer

        He has no education.

    • andrewassme

      first of all you don’t call Indians HIndis and English people Britishers…my god, where did you learn this????

    • The Enforcer

      No its China looking for a fight wherever they can! Look at comments above they are intruding everywhere. Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, etc etc You are Chinese right!?

  • INQ_reader

    “Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make them mad.”

    With all the simultaneous territorial intrusion of China, she is definitely mad.

  • Ramil Abalon

    dapat girahin na ng india yan para matauhan tapos yung mga native sa mga sinakop nito ay mag alsa balutan na rin tpos yung ethnic chinese na hindi ha sa loob ng china ay mag wala na rin para sa internal problem nito ay hindi na mag isip ng manakop pa ng ibang area…sa sobrang gahaman ng china dapat talaga ma disintegrate ang mga yan…
    mahirap din pala kung umasenso ka ng husto iba na ang mindset ng leader. .

  • Ramil Abalon

    kaya dapat we need to improve our armament lalo sa navy ships at airforce para hindi rin basta ma dehado…kahit paano eh may deterrent factor pa din…

    • The Enforcer

      Deterrent factor ?? Philippine navy and airforce???? Please thats a huge joke! Thats why you are asking the Americans to come back. tsk tsk!

      • Ramil Abalon

        brad masyado mo naman minamaliit ang pilipino baka chinese ka na nag momonitor ng comentaries….americans are our support forces at the end…

      • askal2u

        eh ano naman panlaban mo sa mga Intsik, mga kwitis sa Bocaue at ibabagsak ng natitirang tora tora at bulok na Huey ng Pinas at paltik na mga baril dahil kinurakot na ni Garcia mga pambili nila? Abu Sayaf at NPA nga di nila maubos, mga Intsik pa kaya kalabanin ng AFP?

  • KarlosRegaza

    China is going savage! Picking fights to its neighbors.

    Can China do it to neighbor Russia? I don’t think so.

  • Love God

    Natural disasters or act of God continue to remind China to behave and respect their neighbors but they continue to ignore the warnings.
    Aggression and bullying must end otherwise expect harsh action of God in the near future.

  • The Enforcer

    China enters disputed Japanese waters, China enters disputed Philippine waters, China mass at disputed Indian border…do we see a pattern here?? China starting to pick on the bigger boys now. Go Japan and India! We dont need the US here. Show China thet cannot bully everyone.

  • staad

    heto na naman ang mga intsik terrritorial grabbing na nanam.

  • Maldi2

    I’m afraid of China’s growing population that they are running out of space and now resorting to grabbing of territories, the way Japan did in WW II. Tsk! I hope I’m wrong.

    • gryzyxwoz

      Exactly what I think, too.

  • Mux

    Is China trying to act like Germany did in World War 2?

  • dikoy321

    Simply PUSH the Chinese OUT of Indian, Philippine, Japanese territories !
    I’m Chinese too, but I side with the Philippine gov’t !
    Forward Philippines !!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/yet.jua Yet Jua

      good man…

  • indiosbravos2002

    Yan katapat ng China. Mano manong laban siguradong di uurong Indian.

    • gryzyxwoz

      I wouldn’t be too sure of that

  • indiosbravos2002

    China + North Korea. vs. The world.

  • Engr. Chatto

    For now China believes they are industructable mounting advences from territorial limits to another… but hits only time that what theyb do will backfire and could they handle this …. They now seems to be an ignoramous people thinking on their way but not on the track… we will see if they try.. and we all be happy to see no more communist China…Your strenght of soldiers will easily dwell with only I repeat with only one atomic bomb….,,,,,,?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/yet.jua Yet Jua

    okay so China is surrounded by territorial disputes…from east to west to north to south…its time for the US military base return to the Philippines to give China some headache and concern and not only us.

  • gryzyxwoz

    China is a scheming, two-faced, power-hungry land-grabber. Beware, world!

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