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    India Optimistic Talks Will Solve China Border Dispute

    A Ladakhi woman and a child walk on a road in between Stupas in Stok, 20 km north of Leh, July 9, 2011.
    A Ladakhi woman and a child walk on a road in between Stupas in Stok, 20 km north of Leh, July 9, 2011.
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    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.

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    by: Wangchuk from: NYC
    April 26, 2013 10:57 AM
    India should get tough w/ China & not tolerate these frequent border incursions by the PLA. India should not forget that China still asserts sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh (Tawang) and has several hundred thousand troops in neighboring Tibet. If Tibet were free again, India & China would not have any border disputes at all.

    by: Ramesh Zamindar
    April 24, 2013 2:44 PM
    During and after the china-India 1962 conflict, over 500,000 chinese-Indians were forced to leave, most going to Australia, US and Canada. India had several chinatowns- in Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities. They all shut down except the one in Kolkata. There will be repurcussions against commie red china of another assault on India - not just by India but other countries also.
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    by: bharat from: madhya pradesh
    April 25, 2013 6:23 AM
    This is not the first time of chinese incursions. First let us resolve by negotiations if it does not work then we should fight rather attack on china . Remember Taiwan and Israel are very small countries but they live with honour they fight for their nation and they love their country. Only we indians are the peculiar in the world. Just remember the history, alas we could be enjoying freedom in near future also .

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