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Neither side should complicate border situation: China

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Beijing: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a surprise visit on Friday to eastern Ladakh to meet troops amid a bitter Sino-India military standoff, China said neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation.

Reacting to Modi’s visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters that, “China and India are in communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation.”

Spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Delhi Ji Rong in a tweet said it is “groundless” to view China as “expansionist”, and claimed that China has demarcated boundary with 12 of its 14 neighbouring countries peacefully.

India on Thursday said it expected China to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas in sync with provisions of relevant bilateral pacts.

The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. Tensions escalated after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. After several days of silence, China acknowledged it suffered casualties but is yet to give out the details.

At the briefing, Zhao also said that Beijing will take necessary measures to uphold the legitimate rights of its businesses in India following New Delhi’s decision to bar Chinese firms from taking part in road projects and amid reports of delay in customs clearances of shipments of Chinese firms.

“The Indian side should not have strategic miscalculation on China. We hope it will work with China to uphold the overall picture of our bilateral relations,” he said.

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