PM Modi made a surprise visit in Leh today, accompanied by CDS Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General M M Naravane | Twitter @bjp4india
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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.

Modi visited Leh where he interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP. During his interaction, Modi, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Naravane, said the era of expansionism is over and that India’s enemies have seen the “fire and fury” of its armed forces.

“It’s groundless to view China as “expansionist,” exaggerate & fabricate its disputes with neighbours,” Ji Rong, spokesman for the Chinese embassy in India said in a Twitter post. China has demarcated its boundaries with 12 of its 14 neighbors through peaceful negotiations, she said.

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.”

India on Thursday said it expected China to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity 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.


Also read: PM Modi sends message to China from Ladakh: ‘Age of expansionism is over’


 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Chinese By Joining Hands With Pakis are Terrorists By Default.What Role Do They Have In Security Council?.Throw Them Out.

  2. Is The Print Chinese news outlet out of India? PM visit and speech are in small print, where as Chinese ambassador comments are in Large print. This shows that the news outlet has vested interest in China than India. BTW, there is no liberal press in China.

  3. China’s reaction is defensive
    I has been claiming whatever it wanted in Ladakh, Arunachal, and in South China sea. And now their reaction is an attempt to change the narrative but India has scored a point.
    Expansionism is not a local issue and PM Modi is the first international leader to challange openly.

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