A day after China said it was open to discussing the possibility of alternative arrangements for Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra along Nathu La Pass, Beijing on Thursday in a complete U-turn said that the Indian Troops have trespassed in their territory, therefore, ends any chance of talks until the Indian border forces pull back.

“As far as a solution is concerned Indian troops must pull back to the Indian side of the boundary unconditionally and immediately. This is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India,” said Beijing.

Claiming that the India was trespassing in its land, The Chinese embassy in New Delhi said that the Indian side should pull back to their side respect the international laws governing the border.

“The Indian side crossed the boundary to other country’s territory in the name of security control. This will not be acceptable for any sovereign state,” said embassy spokesperson Xie Liyan.

Earlier maintaining that they understand and respect religious sentiments of the Indian people, China had sought to find an alternative way for the Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra pilgrimage.

The development comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to meet Chinese Premier Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Hamburg in Germany.

China has created a blockade for Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra pilgrims from India who take Nathu La pass through Sikkim. The disputed land — Doklam — has long been claimed by Chinese as their territory and is allegedly planning to build a road there. Both Bhutan and India have objected to China over the attempt to build a road in Doklam citing security concerns.

First Published | 6 July 2017 9:13 AM
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