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We didn't provoke tension at the border, says China

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First published: April 25, 2013, 7:40 PM IST | Updated: April 25, 2013
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We didn't provoke tension at the border, says China
The Chinese Defence Ministry on has refuted reports that it troops and aircraft trespassed the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Beijing: Claiming that its troops or choppers have not caused any "provocation" or violated the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, China today said the incident will not affect bilateral ties or disrupt peace at the borders as both sides are trying to resolve it in a friendly manner. "I do not agree with your allegation that it is the Chinese side that has caused the provocation between the border troops" Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying replying to questions about the intrusion of Chinese troops at the Depsang Valley in Ladakh.

"China's troops have never crossed the (LAC) line. China and India are neighbours and the boundary is not demarcated yet. It is inevitable for problems to prop up in border areas. When there is a problem it should be resolved through friendly consultations though existing mechanisms and channels. We believe this incident can also be handled and will not affect the peace and stability of the border areas as well as the normal development of China and India relations", she said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Defence Ministry on Thursday refuted reports that it troops and aircraft trespassed the LAC. Denying any violations, a Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said that media reports on Chinese border troops, military planes and helicopters crossing the line of actual control are "not true".

Urging the media to be patient, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, "We also believe that the two sides continue to solve the issue in a friendly manner and we will not let the issue affect border peace and security and normal development of China-India relations". "We hope relevant media can keep patience and create favourable conditions for the two countries to solve this issue through friendly consultations", she said.

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