Due to the current tiff between the Indo-China troops, China has prevented the Indian pilgrims from travelling to the Kailash Mansarovar.
In Doka La region at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, there is a report of standoff between the troops of the two nations. Indian troops are alleged to cross the border triggering a new rift between the relations of two countries.
Beijing has shown a strong reaction and demanded Delhi to instantly extract the troops who crossed the Chinese border.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said, “Recently, the Indian border guards along the Sino-Indian border in Saijin section crossed the border line into the territory of China, obstructed the Chinese border troops in the Donglong area of normal activities. China has taken corresponding measures.”
Contrary to the Chinese allegation, Indian media reported that yesterday evening, it was Chinese troops who crossed the Indian border and destroyed two bunkers. However, later in the night the People’s Liberation Army said Indian troops had thwarted road construction on the Chinese territory.
The Ministry statement said, “The Sino-Indian border of Sikkim has been delineated by the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Tibetan Customs. After the independence of India, the Indian government has confirmed this in writing several times, acknowledging that there is no objection to the border between the two sides.”
“The Chinese side asked the Indian side to respect the border treaty, respect the territorial sovereignty of China, (asked for) the immediate withdrawal of border officials and (to) thoroughly investigate the matter, to maintain the Sino-Indian border Sikkim section of peace and tranquility.”
China has said that the decision to stop Mansarovar pilgrims was taken by keeping into view their safety.
“At the same time, in view of the above events, for security reasons, the Chinese side had to suspend the arrangement of the Indian official pilgrimage group through the Sino-Indian border Sikkim Duan Nai la Pass into the pilgrimage, and through diplomatic channels to inform the Indian side (sic),” the statement said.