Chinese actions in Sikkim would have serious security implications: India's foreign ministry
India's response comes after the Chinese Foreign Ministry on June 26 alleged that Indian border troops crossed the boundary line in the Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary and entered Chinese territory. (Representative image) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India on Friday told China that its attempt to construct a road in the Doka La area would have "serious security implications for India".
India’s foreign ministry said it has conveyed to the Chinese government the construction would represent “a significant change of status quo”.
"India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese Government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India," a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
It further added that "the two governments had in 2012 reached agreement that the tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries will be finalized in consultation with the concerned countries. Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of this understanding".
India also stressed that the peace in the India-China border areas had not come easily and that it “cherishes peace and tranquility” in the region.
India's response comes after the Chinese Foreign Ministry on June 26 alleged that Indian border troops crossed the boundary line in the Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary and entered Chinese territory.
The MEA said as a matter of fact the Chinese troops violated border agreement.
"On 16 June, a People's Liberation Army ( PLA) construction party entered the Doka La area and attempted to construct a road. and a Royal Bhutan Army patrol attempted to dissuade them from this unilateral activity," the MEA statement asserted.