India should show willingness for peace through deeds: China

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

China's foreign ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

In a statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the action of the Indian side amounts to that of "irresponsibility and recklessness".

"This is certainly not for peace". Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said, "Kahaani badrang tab hui...jab burhan wani ka encounter yahan hua aur Nawaz Sahab ne wahan khade hokar usey shaheed ki sangya di...uske baad cheezein bigdi (the story turned ugly...when Nawaz Sharif hailed Burhan Wani as a martyr after his encounter (killing) here.(bilateral) relations deteriorated after that)".

This photograph, released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, shows the Indian border troops' continuing illegal trespass into Chinese territory.

"We will continue to engage with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution".

"She also noted that Point 13 of the 2012 Common Understanding reached by the Special Representatives of New Delhi and Beijing stated that the "tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries" would be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries".

"No country should underestimate the Chinese military's confidence in and ability to fulfil its mission of safeguarding peace, and should not underestimate the Chinese military's determination and will to defend the country's sovereignty, security and development interests", it said. "The day they stop promoting terror, we will start the talks", she said replying to a discussion on "India s foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners".

"If India really cherishes peace, it ought to immediately withdraw its personnel who have illegally crossed the border into the Indian side".

The document titled "The Facts and China's Position Concerning the Indian Border Troops' Crossing of the China-India Boundary in the Sikkim Sector into the Chinese Territory" was in four parts with three appendices.

Last month, China's Defense Ministry warned India "not to harbor any illusions about the the disputed territory". Modi then visited Lahore to so, putting protocol aside.

Indian officials say about 300 soldiers from either side are facing each other about 150 metres (yards) apart on the plateau.

After the meeting with Swaraj back in mid July, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma had said that: "We conveyed our concerns to the Government and proposed diplomacy be employed to ease tensions".

China's military has held live fire drills close to the disputed area, and state television on Friday said more exercises had been conducted recently, though did not give an exact location.

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