Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on August 22, 2017
Q: Yesterday, India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the solution to the Dong Lang standoff between India and China will be found soon and he hoped that China would take a positive step in resolving this issue. He also said India has not attacked any country so far and none does it have any ambition to expand its border. What is your comment?
A: I have noted the relevant report. China cherishes and firmly upholds peace. Meanwhile, China is resolute in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity and will not allow any country or anyone to endanger its territorial sovereignty under any excuse or pretext.
We have said many times that the prerequisite and basis for the settlement of the Indian border troops’ illegal crossing of the boundary in Dong Lang is the unconditional withdrawal of all the trespassing Indian personnel and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary. I have noted that Minister Singh said that the Indian side has not attacked any country and has no ambition to expand its boundary. However, the fact we have seen is that the Indian side illegally crossed the mutually recognized boundary that has been abided by the two sides for nearly 130 years and so far its border troops still stay in the territory of China and it even fabricates all sorts of excuses to justify its action. We hope India can match its words with its deeds, immediately pull back all the trespassing personnel and equipment and take concrete and positive steps to correct its previous wrongdoing.
Q: According to the report of the Times of India, on August 21, an anonymous Indian official said that recently India discussed with Russia its standoff with China in Dong Lang and reiterated its position that by constructing a road, China was unilaterally changing the status quo and this had serious security implications for India. The Indian side is looking for support from Russia. What is your comment?
A: Dong Lang is indisputably China’s territory. The Indian side illegally crossed the boundary under the pretext of its so-called concern about China’s construction of road. This excuse is ridiculous, the nature of this incident is serious and the fact is there for all to see. The only prerequisite and basis for resolving this incident is that the Indian side immediately and unconditionally withdraw all the trespassing personnel and equipment.
We can imagine that if we connive in this absurd logic of India, does it mean that if someone detests the activities in his neighbor’s house, he can break into the neighbor’s house at will and linger in it? If we follow the logic of India, does it mean that if China believes that the large-scale infrastructure construction in the boundary area on the part of India poses a threat to China’s security, it can be justified for us to send troops to cross the boundary to enter India to stop it? If so, the whole world would descend into chaos and the norms governing international relations would become useless. So far, China has exercised utmost restraint. We can show our utmost patience and tolerance, but we hope that India, as a major country, can adopt the responsible attitude of abiding by the law and respecting the fact and make reasonable and wise judgment and decision.
Q: President Donald Trump said in his speech that the United States would develop closer relations with India. Given the standoff between China and India in Dong Lang and the recent incidents between India and Pakistan, how will the closer US-India relations affect India-China relations? China’s policy concerning India’s joining in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the 1267 Committee listing matter has caused a lot of negative effects on India-China relations and also given space to the United States to move closer to India. What is your comment?
A: We welcome the normal and friendly relations developed between the United States and India as long as the relations do not harm the interests of other countries and can contribute to regional peace, stability and development. We hope that the normal development of the US-India relations can play a constructive role in regional peace and stability.
As for whether the development of the closer US-India relations will affect China-India relations, the growth of friendly relations between China and any other country will not target any third party and we hope the growth of US-India relations will not target any third party, either. I hope the trilateral relations among China, the United States and India can constitute a virtuous interaction since this serves the common interests of the international community and the fundamental interests of the people in the three countries.
Regarding India’s joining in the NSG and the 1267 Committee lsiting matter, we have stated our position multiple times and I will not repeat it. The Indian side should think over or reflect on what impact its recent illegal trespass of the boundary in Dong Long has had on the Chinese people. The fact that India illegally crossed the boundary is clear-cut, the excuse is absurd and the logic cannot hold water at all. We have also taken note of the recent words and deeds of India and hope that India can live up to its words and translate its remarks that it hopes to develop peaceful relations with its neighbors into concrete policies.