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Reports of incursions baseless, says Chinese Foreign Ministry

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied reports of incursions into the Indian territory by their troops. According to media reports, Chinese Foreign ministry has said that charges of incursions are groundless as they never happened. Hide and seek

india Updated: Sep 07, 2009 17:23 IST

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied reports of incursions into the Indian territory by their troops. According to media reports, Chinese Foreign ministry has said that charges of incursions are groundless as they never happened.

We are committed to seek a fair and acceptable solution to the border issue, the ministry added.

On July 31, Chinese troops entered nearly 1.5 kilometres into Indian Territory in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Intruding Chinese soldiers painted boulders and rocks with red spray paint, writing the word 'China' in Cantonese, official sources said on Sunday.

The Ministry of Defence, however, sought to play down the reported border violation, saying such incidents take place “quite frequently” due to differences in perception regarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi expressed surprise at media reports of the incursions. A press official from the embassy described the reports as "groundless and something which had not happened in either July or at any other time.”

“We are committed to seek a fair and mutually acceptable solution through a peaceful and friendly negotiation," the embassy official said.

A defence ministry official, who did not want to be named, said, “This (incursion) is not a major issue. Incursions or violations of airspace happen from both sides due to differences in perception over the LAC.

“Painting the boulders and rocks or leaving behind empty cigarette packets or juice cans are the telltale signs left by intruding troops,” he said.

There are intrusions from the Indian side as well. “This is due to the absence of a well defined border. We also go up to the LAC as we perceive it to be,” the official said.