Beijing: Claiming that its troops or choppers have not caused any "provocation" or violated the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, China on Thursday 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.

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"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", she said.
"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.

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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.

Chinese copters violate Indian airspace

Earlier, there were reports that two Chinese military helicopters violated Indian airspace at Chumar, several hundred kms southeast of Leh, adding to the prevailing tension.

The Chinese choppers entered the Indian airspace on April 21 and hovered over the area for quite sometime and returned after dropping some food cans, cigarette packets and notes written in their local language, official sources said on Wednesday.

This is the first time, after the controversy broke, that China has acknowledged that the issue is being discussed between the two countries.

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Meanwhile, Indian Army had rushed its troops from the 5 Ladakh Scouts battalion to the DBO area and they are camping there. The force is also considering the option of dispatching additional troops if the need arises.

On April 15, a platoon-strength contingent of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had come 10 km inside the Indian territory in Burthe in the DBO sector on the night of April 15 and established a tented post there.


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