China has transmitted its “solemn protests” to India, accusing Indian soldiers of having carried out an incursion into Chinese territory, in a region disputed between the two powers.
Beijing said on Tuesday it had transmitted its “solemn protests” in New Delhi, denouncing an “incursion” of Indian soldiers into Chinese territory in the Himalayan region of Sikkim and assuring that China would adopt an “appropriate response”.
China accuses Indian troops of “recently” crossing the border between the Indian state of Sikkim and a Tibetan region of China, as well as “hindering construction” of a road on the Chinese side, according to a Ministry of Defense release.
Indian pilgrims banned from crossing
The Indian army “unilaterally provoked tensions” and the incident “seriously threatens the peace and stability of border areas,” the statement continued, without offering any details.
Beijing has also stopped authorizing the passage of Indian pilgrims by the Himalayan collar Nathu, a route through which they usually join Hindu sacred sites in China, and this “for security reasons,” said Lu Kang.
New Delhi and Peking disagree on the delimitation of their borders and oppose in particular the fate of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh (East): an area integrated into Indian territory at the time of British colonization, But of which Peking claims sovereignty.
India had been defeated by China during a short but bloody war in 1962 for this small state, of which New Delhi still retains the tutelage since the withdrawal of Chinese troops at the end of the conflict. Incursions are frequent on both sides of the current control line (LAC), which acts as a de facto border.