07 July 2017

News Story: China accuses India legitimizing border incursion in name of protecting Bhutan

BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday accused India of taking the protection of Bhutan as an excuse to legitimize its border incursion into China.

"India's intention is very clear, which is to use the so-called 'security concern' as well as protecting Bhutan as a pretext to cross the China-India boundary at the Sikkim section and enter the Chinese territory of Doklam," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

By creating disputes in Doklam, India intends to obstruct border negotiations between China and Bhutan, Geng told a routine press briefing.

Doklam is part of Chinese territory and there is no dispute over it, Geng said.

China and Bhutan started their border negotiations from the 1980s, and have held 24 rounds of talks so far.

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