India should immediately pull back trespassing troops, says Chinese media

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2017

Amidst the ongoing tension between India and China in Sikkim, the Chinese Embassy issued a notice to its nationals in India asking them to take care of their safety, reported People's Daily, China on Saturday afternoon. "In accordance with the security condition of the relevant country, we will decide whether or not to issue a travel alert", Geng had said, answering a question if China will issue any advisory.

The advisory tells Chinese citizens in India to "to pay close attention to the local security situation, improve awareness of protecting themselves, strengthen security, reduce unnecessary travel, and in advance inform family, colleagues and friends of their travel".

On Wednesday, even though China had said that it was considering options on issuing a travel alert, it added that such an announcement will depend on the security situation.

Meanwhile, state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua on Friday commented that "India should immediately pull back its trespassing troops", and that "a spiral of bilateral rivalry (between China and India) would definitely result in a slowdown in their growth".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has "repeatedly made such requests".

The entire border row started last month after the Chinese side started building a road at the tri-junction that Thimpu and New Delhi both claim is inside Bhutan but Beijing insists is in China.

It termed as "unconvincing" India's stand that Chinese construction activity in the area would represent a "significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India".

Indian army soldiers are seen after a snowfall at the India-China trade route at Nathu La, 55 km (34 miles) north of Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, January 17, 2009.

The plateau, which lies at a junction between China, the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim and Bhutan is now disputed between Beijing and Thimphu and India supports Bhutan's claim over it.

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