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On the occasion of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army of China on Tuesday, the Chinese President Xi Jinping remarked that Chinese people love peace, but will not compromise on sovereignty.
Jinping's comments come in the midst of a massive standoff between India and China at the Sikkim border, the longest one between the two countries since the 1962 war and Chinese efforts in expanding and cementing its presence in the South China Sea.
"The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions. We will never allow any people, organization or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form," said President Xi at the founding anniversary ceremony.
"No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests," he added.
As the standoff at the Sikkim border enters its third month, fresh Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand was spotted last week.
Home Ministry sources confirmed on Monday that around 50 Chinese soldiers had entered the Barahoti area of Uttarakhand and spent around 2 hours there before going back. According to officials, such transgressions are frequent as India and China have different perceptions of the Line of Actual Control.
Although both sides have indicated their interest in solving the standoff diplomatically, China has mandated that Indian troops first withdraw from the Doklam region near the Sikkim border, an area that is contested by both China and Bhutan.
India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval raised the border issues with Chinese leadership during his recent visit to Beijing.