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China denies crossing into Ladakh
(China Daily)
Updated: 2009-09-08 11:19

China yesterday rejected Indian media reports that its army has violated the International Border in Ladakh region.

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"Reports of incursions are groundless. Incursions into India never happened," the Chinese embassy in New Delhi said, citing the Foreign Ministry.

"We will seek a friendly solution to the issue through negotiations," it said.

According to Indian media reports on Sunday, the Chinese troops entered nearly 1.5 km into the Indian territory near Mount Gya, recognized as international border by India and China, and painted the boulders and rocks with red spray paint.

The latest development came after an earlier report by the Indian media that a Chinese helicopter entered Indian air space.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu last week rejected such reports as "groundless".

"When it comes to China-India boundary issue, the two countries have reached consensus that before its final settlement, the two sides should make joint efforts to safeguard peace and tranquility along the border," Jiang said.

China Daily