On a report of transgression into Indian territory, China says it was a 'routine patrol'

Last Updated: Sep 14 2018 16:55

China has denied reports that its army transgressed into the Indian territory in August. 

In its reply, China said that it always operates on its side of the Line of Actual Control as agreed upon by both countries. 

Responding to questions over reports that the Chinese military crossed the LAC three times in a month into the Indian territory, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said: "Chinese border troops always operate on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control in compliance with the relevant agreements reached between the two countries. What I have learnt is that the Chinese side was carrying out a routine patrol on the Chinese territory."

The spokesperson also said that President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have met several times during which important consensus has been reached on properly managing differences and disputes and jointly maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border areas. 

"China and India also have well-established communication and meeting mechanism for border-related affairs. What's happened in the border areas could be dealt with through this mechanism. Resorting to the media to heat things up will not help control disputes," Shuang added.