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China should respect 2012 understanding on boundary issue: India

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New Delhi [India] | October 12, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
 
India has called on China to respect the understanding reached in the year 2012 on the boundary issue.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said "the most recent common understanding between special representatives was reached in 2012 and it is important that these understandings are scrupulously respected by both the sides and that each side projects the opposite side accurately."

"The negotiations for the settlements of the India-China boundary question are held at the level of the special representatives of the two countries based on agreements and understanding reached between them from time to time," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said here while briefing to the media.

This comes after China urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions of the historic boundary treaty and the relevant agreement of the parties. China made the statement referring to the 1890 UK-China treaty which China claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the India-China border.

Chinese statement came a day after defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post in the Sikkim sector of India-China border.

Denying any new developments in Doklam after India and China decided to disengage their armies on August 28,

MEA spokesperson further said, "We had issued a press statement on Oct 6 and we had said then, there are no new developments at the face of site and its vicinity since the August 28th disengagement.

Adding that the status quo prevails in the area, he further clarified that "any suggestion to the contrary is incorrect and I am not aware of any changes since the statement."

Raveesh Kumar also denied the reports suggesting construction of roads in other areas on the Doklam plateau, saying that were 'unsubstantiated'. Kumar maintained that both armies were following the norms decided on August 28. (ANI)

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