Beijing, June 27: China has accused Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section of the Sino-India border and called for their immediate withdrawal. China has also demanded a thorough investigation of the issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang claimed that the Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section and entered Chinese territory. Also Read - China's Defence Minister Meets Pak Army Chief; Discusses Regional Security Issues
Geng said that the Indian troops obstructed normal activities of the Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area in Sikkim and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures only. Also Read - China Building Dam on Brahmaputra River, Says Report | What it Means For India
The Sikkim section of the China-India boundary has been defined by treaties, Geng said, noting that the Indian government has repeatedly confirmed in writing that there is no objection to it. Also Read - COVID-19: India's Daily Cases Drops To 38,772, Over 45,000 Recoveries Reported In Last 24 Hours
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had accused the Indian military of stopping the construction of a road in what it claims to be China’s “sovereign territory” in the Sikkim section of the India-China border and said the move has “seriously damaged” border peace and tranquillity.
Tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim following a scuffle between the personnel of the Indian Army and the PLA, leading to Chinese troops damaging bunkers on the Indian side of the border. The incident took place in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim after a face-off between the two forces, which triggered tension along the Sino-Indian frontier.
After the scuffle, the PLA entered Indian territory and damaged two make-shift bunkers of the Army.
Followingh the India-China war of 1962, the area has been under the Indian Army and the ITBP, which is the border guarding force and has a camp 15 kms from the international border.
With inputs from PTI