China urges India to exercise restraint at border

Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a "minor face-off" last week in a disputed stretch of their shared border in the eastern Himalayas, the Indian army said on Monday (January 25), underlining the fraught situation at the border.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said he didn't have any information to offer on the incident but urged India to "take practical actions to maintain peace and stability in the border areas".

Nuclear-armed India and China have been in a tense standoff since April in the western Himalayas and since then have bolstered forces all along the 2,350-mile border.

Video Transcript

- [SPEAKING CHINESE]

TRANSLATOR: Regarding this specific situation you mentioned, I have no information to provide you with. What I want to emphasize is that the Chinese border troops have always been committed to maintaining peace and tranquility on the China Indian border region. China urges India to meet China halfway and refrain from any unilateral actions that may complicate or exacerbate the border situation.