Indian army accused of crossing border


BEIJING: China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India’s northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said, complicating an already difficult relationship.

Geng Shuang, a spokesman with China’s foreign ministry, said Indian guards ”obstructed normal activities” by Chinese forces on the border and called on India to withdraw immediately, according to a ministry statement yesterday.

He urged India to respect China’s territorial integrity and the border treaties signed by the two countries, and said China had already suspended official pilgrimages at the Nathu La Pass, which lies on the frontier between Sikkim state and Tibet.

A spokesman for the Indian Army declined to comment but said the army would issue a statement today. — Reuters

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