“There are a number of threats before the country but the biggest threat is from China…it is continuously encroaching on our land and is planning to attack but is not able to advance because of our army,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said.
China Eastern Airlines denied the allegation saying that after checking related materials and the airport CCTV footage, it found news reports about the incident did not conform to the fact.
S Jaishankar also told the panel that India had clearly outlined its position on the border and Chinese have their own position, but they are misinterpreting it so India was trying to clarify it. He also added that India was continuing to stick to its stand that it had first taken in 1985 as as per an Anglo-Chinese agreement.
China has blamed India for hampering the construction and also accused Indian soldiers of trespassing in the area, which is also claimed by Bhutan. New Delhi, on its part, fears that if the construction is allowed, the Chinese troops may cut India’s access to the north eastern states and could also have serious security implications for the country.
Since the standoff on June 6, when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) destroyed bunkers of the India Army claiming the area belonged to China, Chinese media have carried several pieces warning India for escalating border tension and “reminding” the Indian Army about the 1962 war.
“I would like the Indian side to respect the 1890 treaty immediately and pull back the border troops which have crossed into Chinese territory back to the Indian side of the boundary. China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” Geng Shuang warned.
Earlier in June, China’s People’s Liberation Party (PLA) destroyed Indian bunkers along the Sino-Indian border following a scuffle between Indian Army and Chinese troops in the remote areas of Sikkim
The Chinese authorities took a dig at India and said that the boundary between China-India with respect to Sikkim is settled and hence India has no right to object especially since Bhutan has no diplomatic ties with Beijing.
The pilgrims were scheduled to cross over to the Chinese side on June 19 but had failed to do so due to inclement weather. They had waited at the base camp and tried to cross again on June 23 but were denied permission by the Chinese officials.
China’s counter-terror relationship with Pakistan will continue to test China-India relations.
The President said both the country share a mutually beneficial relationship within the framework of the closer developmental partnership.
As Modi visits Beijing, let’s remember there is space for both India and China’s ambitions as global powers.
Modi has made a bold effort in recasting Sino-Indian ties. He must overcome the resistance at home.
China has been warned “in as many words” that New Delhi may subsequently restrict Chinese imports of “non-essential items.
The high-profile visit was overshadowed by the intrusion of Chinese troops at Chumar in Ladakh region.