China defends its army’s incursion in J&K, says both countries should avoid infrastructure development

New Delhi/July 11
China on Thursday defended the incursion by its People’s Liberation Army in Chumar sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh area and said that both the countries should avoid infrastructure development in borders area till the final settlement of boundary between the two countries.
China’s Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying while briefing media, said that its army is patrolling on its side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and both India and China should maintain status quo along the border.
Hua said that the general situation in the border areas is stable and China will make joint efforts with the Indian side to safeguard peace and tranquility in these areas.
“We have the consensus that pending the final settlement of the boundary question no one of us (none from India or China) should change the status quo along the LAC,” Hua added.
On June 17, Chinese troops had intruded into Chumar sector in Ladakh and smashed some bunkers besides cutting wires of cameras that were installed by Indian army at its border post.
The camera that was removed by Chinese troops, was reportedly returned on July 3, a day ahead of Antony’s visit. The visit by Antony was the first by an Indian Defence Minister since 2006.
Earlier, Chinese troops had intruded into Indian side in Depsang Valley on April 15 and had constructed posts there after which Indian army had also setup post opposite their posts.