Tuesday, 27 June 2017

China Stops Nathu La Pass for Indian pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar

Peiking: Now China is acting on the lines of 'the pot calling the kettle black’. The  Chinese soldiers who entered the Indian border in the Sikkim area are accusing the Indian troops of "crossing the border" and urged them to return immediately. At the same time, China has said that due to the dispute over the border, it has stopped Nathu La Pass for Indian pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar. China has cited 'security reasons' behind this. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, "China urges India to immediately call back the soldiers crossing the border and conduct a thorough investigation of the matter.



In a statement issued on Monday night, Shuang said, "Indian border guards crossed the border in the Sikkim region of China-India border and entered the Chinese territory. China had also recently blocked the normal activities of the Chinese Frontier forces in the Dongang area in Sikkim, after which the Chinese side took counter measures. His statement came after the Chinese defense ministry statement in which it accused Indian soldiers of objecting to a road construction work. China claimed that it was doing road construction work in his area. It is believed that due to the dispute over road construction, China has stopped the group of 47 Indian pilgrims who went to see Kailash and Mansarovar.

China's Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang had said that recently China had started construction of a road in Dongang area, but Indian troops crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and stopped it. In this statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Sikkim area on the Indo-China border was defined by treaties. He said that the Indian government has consistently confirmed that it has no objection, even in writing. Geng said that China urges India to respect border treaties and regional sovereignty of China to maintain peace and stability on the China-India border.

China has informed India about its decision through diplomatic channels. Geng also said that the Foreign Ministry of the two countries are talking about this issue. This statement of Geng came when there was a tension between the Indian Army and the PLA armymen after the tension increased in distant Sikkim region. Chinese soldiers entered the Indian border and damaged temporary bunkers. Following the Indo-China war of 1962, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are deployed in this area and their camps are located 15 kilometers from the international border.
                               
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