China Rejects Allegation

China Rejects Allegation

22 April 2013
Rising Kashmir
K J M Varma

Beijing: China Monday rejected reports of intrusion by its troops in Ladakh, saying the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers patrolled the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) without 'trespassing' into it. Presenting China's stand, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying also called for resolution of the issue through talks. 'China's frontier troops have been abiding by the agreement between the two countries and abiding by the LAC agreed by the two countries. Our frontier troops have been patrolling on the China's side of LAC', Hua said at a media briefing here, responding to a spate of questions. She said their troops are patrolling on the Chinese side of the LAC and have never trespassed the line. 'China's position is firm and clear. We have been abiding by the agreement of the two countries having normal patrol on Chinese side and never trespassed the LAC', the Chinese spokesperson said during the course of her replies. She said China believes that the current India-China relations have been in a fine shape. “We have maintained good communication and coordination on the boundary issue”. 'The boundary areas are in a peaceful condition. China is willing to properly solve the boundary question based on peaceful negotiations. We would like to solve the boundary issue through proper mechanisms in order to create conditions for the development of China-India relations', she said. Asked why Chinese troops chose to move forward especially when the relations between the two countries improved a great deal and ahead of reported plans by China's new Premier Li Keqiang to visit New Delhi, Hua said there is a great deal of speculation on the border incursion issue in Indian media. 'I noticed that some Indian officials made relevant remarks. Please refer to them', she said apparently pointing to the comments that different perceptions of the LAC existed and both sides made efforts to resolve it through established mechanism. 'China values its relations with India and would like to develop sound steady and long term relationship with India. We believe relevant problem should be properly solved through negations in a peaceful manner. Relevant issue is left over from history. The current conditions at the border are peaceful and stable. What the two countries should do now is to pool consensus and sit down together for solution. There is no need for groundless speculation and suspicion', she said.