‘Significant’ Chinese troop movements amid border tensions: Indian official

'Significant' Chinese troop movements amid border tensions
Border tensions between the two have been long. Source: CNN
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Daily US Times: A high-rank Indian official said Chinese troops have moved into a tense, disputed section of the Himalayan border shared by China and India. The situation caused border tensions between the two superpowers.

On Tuesday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said a “significant number” of Chinese troops had moved to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

“It is true that people of China are on the border. They claim that it is their territory. Our claim is that it is our area. There has been a disagreement over it … India has done what it needs to do,” the minister said during the interview.

Mr Sing added that top-level talks between the two countries would be held on June 6.

“We don’t want any country to bow before us, and we will not bow before any country,” he added.

China and India share one of the longest land borders in the world. The two countries engaged in a bloody Himalayan border war in 1962, and border tensions have continued to break out there sporadically in the decades since.

Last month, an aggressive cross-border skirmish between Indian and Chinese forces resulted in minor injuries to troops. The incident has been followed in recent weeks by unconfirmed reports of tensions in the mountainous area, though neither side had publicly acknowledged anything out of the ordinary.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on June 1, said in a press conference that the situation on the border was “stable and controllable.”

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian Source: Getty Images

“The two sides can resolve related issues through the established border-related mechanisms and diplomatic channels,” he said.

The foreig ministry spokesman’s comments came a day after the Global Times – considered as mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Part- published an article previewing an array of new military weapons, which could deployed to “high altitude conflicts,” such as the Himalayan border.

The article said: “Chinese border defense troops have bolstered border control measures and made necessary moves in response to India’s recent, illegal construction of defense facilities across the border into Chinese territory in the Galwan Valley region in May.”

Indian defence minister Rajnath Sing. Source: Getty Images

After years of territorial standoffs and negotiations, India and China finally signed an agreement in 1993, which attempted to mark out a long stretch of border between the two countries.

That border is known as the line of actual control, but its precise location can be blurry, and there is still dispute between the two countries as to where one country ends and the other begins.

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