China Reminds India of ‘Historic’ Border Treaty at Nathu La Pass

“We urge the Indian side to face the facts, abide by the provisions of the historic boundary treaty,” China said.

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Chinese soldiers guard the border at Nathu La Pass.

China on Sunday referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the Sino-Indian border as it urged New Delhi to abide by its provisions, a day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made her maiden visit to the Nathu La post.

Reacting to Sitharaman's visit to the area, the Chinese foreign ministry said "the Sikkim section of the China-India border has been demarcated by the historical boundary".


"It is the best testimony to this fact. We urge the Indian side to face the facts, abide by the provisions of the historic boundary treaty and the relevant agreement of the parties, and work together with the Chinese side to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas," it said in a written response to PTI, to a query about Sitharaman's visit.

The ministry did not directly name the 1890 Britain-China treaty which Beijing often referred to during the Dokalam standoff stating that it has defined the Sikkim section of the boundary with Tibet, therefore the border in that area has been settled.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath SIngh said that India had resolved the Doklam standoff with China because it had become a “global power in recent times.”

According to ANI, Singh said,

Everyone was expecting that relation between China and India will deteriorate due to the Doklam issue, but both the countries resolved the issue with comprehension. Had India remained weak, the Doklam standoff would not have been resolved till now. It was possible only because India has become a world power.

The Dokalam standoff began on 16 June over the PLA's plans to build a road in the area claimed by Bhutan after which Indian troops intervened to stop the construction as it posed a security risk to the 'Chicken's Neck' — the narrow corridor connecting India with its northeastern states.

The two-month long face-off between the two armies ended on 28 August.

(with inputs from PTI and ANI)

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