China blames India for militarising border

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China blames India for militarising border

The atmosphere is not right for a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narenrdra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, said a Chinese official, reported Times of India.

Amid the border standoff between the two countries near Sikkim, China on Wednesday said it was considering options on issuing a travel alert for citizens visiting India, news agency PTI reported.

While Modi and the Chinese president will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders at the summit, they will not face each other directly.

Apart from G20 Summit, PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will also attend the BRICS summit, but it is quite unlikely that the two Asiatic powers will bring up the bilateral issue on an worldwide platform. Further adding the MEA said, PM will also participate in the BRICS Leaders' meeting.

"Although the boundary between the two countries is yet to be settled, we have basic consensus on the boundary and there is no dispute between both of us that Doklam belongs to China" he stresses.

Beijing, in turn, has accused India of violating an 1890 border agreement between the United Kingdom and China that previous Indian governments have pledged to uphold, and it should be respected to end a "very serious" incursion by India.

China on Thursday stepped up its verbal assault on India, accusing New Delhi of using road construction by China as an excuse for an alleged incursion into Chinese territory, and of militarising its side of the border. "As long as there are voices in Chinese society supporting Sikkim's independence, the voices will spread and fuel pro-independence appeals in Sikkim", said Global Times.

"As to Indian security concerns, India crossed a delimited boundary into another country's territory in the name of security concerns, no matter what kind of activities it conducts there, which will not be acceptable to any sovereign state".

As the stand off between Indian and Chinese troops enters the 10th day, the Chinese authorities in a fresh statement has maintained that India is "misleading" the general public by stating that the road infrastructure in Sikkim sector undertaken by China will endanger New Delhi's access to its North Eastern states.

"Over the past few years it's actually been India that has in the Sikkim sector of the China-India border who has been building a great number of facilities and deploying a large number of forces", Geng said.

The current standoff began on 16 June when a column of Chinese troops accompanied by construction vehicles and road-building equipment began moving south into what Bhutan considers its territory. The war brought territorial changes with China taking complete control of Aksai Chin, the disputed border area, where India had once stationed its troops. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.

"We have said many times that the illegal entry of Indian border troops at the defined section and mutually recognised boundary is different in nature from previous frictions at the undefined part of the boundary", Geng said.

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