China to strengthen patrolling, defense of Dong Lang

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Xinhuanet
Editor
Zhang Tao
Time
2017-08-31

EIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- China's armed forces will strengthen patrolling and defense of the Dong Lang (Doklam) area to resolutely safeguard the country's sovereign security, a military spokesperson said Thursday.

China's military has paid close attention to the situation and taken emergency measures to reinforce border controls since the Dong Lang incident occurred, said Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, at a press conference.

"Chinese troops resolutely maintain the country's territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights," he said, adding that they have also used military diplomacy and border contact channels to promote the proper resolution of the issue.

On June 18, more than 270 armed Indian troops with two bulldozers crossed the boundary into Dong Lang in Chinese sovereign territory to obstruct infrastructure construction.

China on Monday confirmed that India had withdrawn personnel and equipment from Dong Lang after a military stand-off lasting more than two months.

 

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