Open To Other Arrangements For Kailash Mansarovar Yatris, Says China

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| July 6 , 2017 , 11:23 IST

The annual Indian pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar that traverses through the Nathu La pass of China was halted by China when it accused Indian troops of trespassing onto their land at the Sikkim border, but now a Chinese Embassy spokesperson has confirmed that they are willing to discuss alternative arrangements for the Yatris.

Chinese Embassy spokesperson Xie Liyan in a statement said that the Indian pilgrimage to Kailash and Mansarovar is an important part of China-India people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

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"China consistently respects the Indian people's religious sentiments and attaches importance to Indian Yatra to Kailash and Mansarovar in Xizang," said Liyan.

"Up to now, the official yatra through Lipuleku Pass and non-official yatra through Lhasa and Purang are still on the rails. We are willing to discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements through other routes for Indian official yatris who had planned to visit Kailash and Mansarovar via Nathu La Pass," the spokesperson added.

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In the statement, the Chinese Embassy spokesperson emphasised that since the 1980s, China has "made great efforts to improve accommodation and logistical facilities and related plans for ensuring safe and smooth Indian yatras" in accordance with arrangements agreed upon by both the nations.

The Nathu La pass as a new route or Indian yatris was announced in 2014 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India and the route was opened in 2015.