Beijing, Oct 9: Two days after Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited thu La, Chi on Monday said the Sikkim section of the India-Chi border has been delineated by historical convention and asked New Delhi to abide by this “fact”.
Chi tells India to respect 'border facts'
“The Sikkim section of Chi-India border has been delineated by the historical convention and the thu La pass is the best witness to that fact,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, referring to the 1890 treaty between Britain and Chi.
Chi repeatedly invoked this treaty to assert its claim over Doklam during the 73-day military stand-off with India in the Sikkim section of the border.
“We hope that India could abide by this fact, observe these historical conventions and agreements and work with Chi to maintain peace and tranquility at the border,” Hua said.
She was responding to question about the visit by Sitharaman to an Indian Army post in thu La. The thu La pass separates India from Chi’s Tibet.
The first visit to the area by India’s newly appointed Defence Minister created a buzz when she interacted with Chinese troops across the border and taught them how to say “mastey” - hello in Hindi. (IANS)