- China will never compromise on its sovereignty, security: Xi Jinping
- Won't allow anyone to split any part of Chinese territory: President Xi
- India, China locked in a massive standoff since early June
"The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions. We will never allow any people, organization or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form," said President Xi at the ceremony to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army.
"No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests," he added.
But Amid the border face-off and reports confirming fresh Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand last week, signs of strained ties were noticeably absent at an event yesterday in New Delhi to mark the 90th anniversary of China's army. Representatives from India, Bhutan and China were present.
India and China are locked in a massive standoff at the border in Sikkim, the longest between the two countries since the 1962 war.
Yesterday, Home Ministry sources confirmed that some 50 Chinese soldiers entered Uttarakhand's Barahoti last Tuesday and spent about two hours before going back. Officials say there have been many such transgressions as both sides have different perceptions of the Line of Actual Control.
Two days after the Barahoti transgression, India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval travelled to Beijing and took up the border standoff with the leadership there.
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