China to India: What Soldiers? What Border?
said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson. China also reportedly objected to India’s infrastructure development—”especially roads and bridges”—on the Indian side of the border, and told Delhi to halt “aggressive patrolling.”It’s worth pointing out the strategic nature of the area, called Daulat Beg Oldi, where the Chinese troops are reported to be. Just 30 kilometers north of where the Chinese soldiers are camped is the Khunjerab Pass, where the Karakoram Highway crosses the mountains between Pakistan and China’s western region of Xinjiang (21 people were killed in a “terrorist” attack there today, according to Chinese authorities).This standoff doesn’t appear to be on track to end anytime soon, but the Indian and Chinese soldiers have pledged to meet and discuss. We’ll keep our eye on the proceedings.