Date
21 September 2017
Police stand guard in front of a hoarding with images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) and Anandiben Patel, chief minister of Gujarat, ahead of Xi's visit to the country. Photo: Reuters
Police stand guard in front of a hoarding with images of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) and Anandiben Patel, chief minister of Gujarat, ahead of Xi's visit to the country. Photo: Reuters

Sino-Indian border tensions cloud Xi visit

Tensions are rising between India and China over a border dispute, just hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to visit New Delhi, according to Reuters.

On Tuesday, India vowed to firmly defend its 3,500-kilometer border with China after reports that more than 200 People’s Liberation Army soldiers had crossed into a border frontier in Ladakh in the western Himalayas last week. 

The Chinese troops used cranes, bulldozers and a Hummer vehicle to build a two-kilometer road within it, the Hindustan Times reported.

Indian soldiers challenged the Chinese troops and asked them to withdraw. On the night of Sept. 10, soldiers demolished a temporary track built by Chinese forces.

China and India are trying to put a positive spin on Xi’s first summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Xi arrives on Wednesday after a visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The two countries are expected to ramp up commercial ties and open the way for Chinese investment in Indian infrastructure including railways.

However, the contested border remains a stumbling block to better political ties.

Both countries are claiming vast tracts of territory after two decades of talks failed to bring them closer to a resolution.

They have not been able to agree on the Line of Actual Control where the two armies are deployed, leading to frequent reports of border violations, the report said.

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