China on Tuesday officially accused Indian troops for “crossing the boundary” to disrupt the construction of the road in the region. China said that construction of the road in Donglang in the Sikkim sector is “legitimate. “Donglang” is the part of China’s territory, this area belong to China since ancient time and it doesn’t belong to China” China Foriegn Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang told the reporters in Beijing. Donglang is near a strategic location known as the “Chicken’s Neck” and a part of the border dispute between China and Bhutan that has remained unresolved despite 24 rounds of negotiations.
“The liability lies with the Indian side” he further added when asked when the pass would be opened for pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
“The suspension of arrangements is the emergency measure we have taken in response to the situation there. I want to stress that the resumption of pilgrims path requires necessary atmosphere and conditions so the liability of the same totally lies on Indian side and when it will be reopened depends on when or whether the Indian side will correct its errors,” Lu Kang said.
“If India wants to raise an issue with this part. I should say it doesn’t belong to Bhutan, nor it belongs to India. So we have complete legal basis for this. Chinese construction of the road project is legitimate and normal action on its territory. No other country has the right to interfere,” Lu said.
China claimed that India was “interfaring” in the territorial dispute between China and Bhutan with a “hidden agenda”