China says India militarising border as stand-off continues
PEKIN (Reuters) – China on Thursday said it was absurd that India used the excuse of Chinese road construction to cross the border and accused India of militarizing its side of the border.
A flaw in a dish next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has reached the tension between giant neighbors, who share a 3,500 kilometer (2 175,000) border, much of which is in dispute.
According to the interpretation of Chinese events, Indian guards crossed the Donglang region of China in early June and have made it difficult to work on a plateau on the road.
Troops on both sides face near a China-controlled valley between India’s Bhutan – a close ally of India – and gives access to China, the “chicken neck,” a thin strip of land that connects India to Its remote northeastern regions.
India said it had warned China that construction of the road near the border would have serious security implications.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily press conference he invited India to withdraw its staff from the Indian side of “avoiding a more serious situation, creating even more serious consequences.”
Geng said China did not understand why India had to believe that the road was a security risk and that China had every right to build roads in its own territory.
It was “ridiculous” for India to cross the border under the pretext of worry on the road, he added.
“In recent years, it was actually India in the Sikkim area of the China-India border, which built a large number of facilities and deployed a large number of forces,” Geng said.
In some areas, they built military installations, including fortifications, he added.
“I do not know if India considers China’s security problems while doing these things.”