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April 23, 2013

India Optimistic Talks Will Solve China Border Dispute

by VOA News

India's Foreign Ministry says it is optimistic that a dispute with Beijing over an alleged border incursion by Chinese troops can be resolved peacefully.

India says about 50 Chinese soldiers last week set up a camp 10 kilometers inside what New Delhi says is its territory in the Himalayan region of Ladakh.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin says India has asked China to withdraw the troops. But he acknowledged the situation is complicated by the two sides' different understandings of the border.

"I will not get into the description of the incident," Arkbaruddin said.  "All I would like to say is that we have resolved all previous incidents peacefully and it is our hope that we will resolve this incident peacefully."

Akbaruddin said talks are underway to resolve the disagreement over the incident, which allegedly happened on April 15.

China denies the incursion, and insists that its troops have abided by the agreement and line of control agreed to by both countries.

The incident is part of a long-running border dispute between India and China, which has persisted despite numerous rounds of talks.

China claims the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, while India says China occupies large parts of a barren plateau in Kashmir.

India has reported an increased number of incursions by Chinese troops in recent years.