Bloomberg: China’s military deployment along its disputed border with India and uncertainty over whether Beijing will fulfill its promise on troop reduction remain a challenge for relations between the two neighbors, according to Indian’s foreign minister. Does the foreign ministry have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: China’s military deployment along the western section of the China-India border is a normal defense arrangement aimed at preventing and responding to encroachment and threat on China’s territory by relevant country. For a long time, the Indian side has been increasing its military deployment along the China-India border and encroaching on China’s territory. This is the root cause of tension along the China-India border. China always stands for a peaceful settlement of the boundary issue through negotiation and against linking the boundary issue with bilateral relations.