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Trading words with China on the Sikkim dispute, India on Thursday reminded Beijing about the common understanding reached between the Special Representatives of the two countries during the boundary talks in 2012. India and China had reached an understanding in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the Rs basis of the alignment.' India also stressed that it is important that these understandings are scrupulously respected by both sides and each side projects the position of the other side accurately.
The Ministry of External Affairs spokseprson Raveesh Kumar was on Thursday responding to the recent statement by the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson who referred to an ancient Treaty to stake claims on Sikkim. Chinese Foreign Ministry while referring to the 1890 pact between UK-China, said that the Sikkim section of China-India border has been delineated by historical convention and that India should observe these historical conventions and agreements to maintain peace and tranquility at the border. The Chinese statement came shortly after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Nathu-La in Sikkim on Saturday.
"The Sikkim section of the India-China 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," the Chinese Foreign Ministry told an Indian news agency a day after Sitharaman's visit to Nathu-La.
"We have seen the relevant comments. Negotiations for the settlement of the India China boundary question are held at the level of the Special Representatives of the two countries based on agreements and understandings reached between them from time to time. The most recent common understanding between the Special Representatives was reached in 2012. It is important that these understandings are scrupulously respected by both sides and that each side projects the position of the other side accurately," Raveesh said.
During the peak of India-China tensions at the Doklam tri-junction, the Indian Government had had issued a statement underlining the agreement between the two Governments reached in 2012 which with regard to Sikkim said: "Where the boundary in the Sikkim sector is concerned, India and China had reached an understanding in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the Rs basis of the alignment." On the tri-junction issue, the agreement said that "the tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries will be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries." MEA had added that further discussions regarding finalization of the boundary have been taking place under the Special Representatives framework.
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