|Q: According to the Indian Times, Australian Foreign Minister Bishop discussed the China-India standoff incident in Donglang with India during her recent visit there, saying that this is a long-term dispute and territorial disputes should be resolved peacefully, and Australian would not like to see an escalation. What is your comment?
A: I have noted relevant reports made by the Indian press. First of all, I want to point out that what Ms. Bishop said about peacefully resolving territorial disputes as a principle is true, but I must add that what she said is not applicable to what is happening in Donglang, because there is no territorial dispute there. The Sikkim section of the China-India boundary is long-defined, a fact recognized and maintained by the two sides for 127 years without any dispute. The nature of this incident is that Indian border troops illegally crossed the already delimited Sikkim section of the China-India boundary into the Chinese territory, which is essentially different from the past frictions between the two sides in sections that are yet to be delimited.
China wants peace and stability in the China-India border areas, but make no mistake, that does not mean we will compromise in any way on the issue of territorial sovereignty. The responsibility for this incident is solely on India's side. We once again urge India to get a clear picture of the situation and take measures as soon as possible to avoid further escalating the situation.