China Denies Entering Leh11 January 2011
Times of India
Beijing: China on Tuesday denied media reports that it had crossed the Line of Actual Control to Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. 'China's border personnel have been respecting the two agreements made between the two countries to maintain peace and tranquiliy in border areas and have never crossed the LAC,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said. He was replying to a question about reports that Chinese troops entered the Indian side of the LAC last year and objected to the construction of a shed in Demchok area of Leh in Jammu & Kashmir state. 'We have taken note that the Indian side has issued a clarification on the relevant issue,' Hong said in a brief reply. Meanwhile, Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi said in an article that the security situation in Asia has become very complex. 'The international security picture has become more complicated. Although peace is taking greater hold in the world, the intertwining of traditional and non-traditional security issues has made security threats more diverse and complex,' he said in an article published by a magazine run by the European Union. 'While Asia enjoys general stability on the whole, security challenges are on the rise and the hotspot issues heat up from time to time. Some Asian countries have experienced political instability and factors affecting security have become more complex,' he said.