The border standoff broke out between China and India after Indian troops entered the area after the Chinese military began the construction of a highway there.
On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a statement, "The Indian side is always keeping 'peace' on the tip of its tongue. But we should not only listen to its words but also heed its deeds."
According to the official, Beijing showed goodwill and had notified the Indian site before the construction in Doklam began, on May 18 and June 8. The Chinese diplomat said that the Indian side did not answer it and instead "fragrantly dispatched" armed forces to cross the border.
According to the diplomat, India is not responding to China’s calls to withdraw its troops from China’s territory. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also accused India of making reciprocal accusations and defending its "illegal" activities.
"If the Indian side truly cherishes peace, what it should do is to immediately pull back the trespassing border troops to the Indian side of the boundary," the spokesperson stated.
He added that India has ignored the existing communications channels and mechanism and its actions were "irresponsible and reckless."
"This incident is illegal under international law. The Indian side should bear corresponding responsibilities," Geng said.
Restraint Has Its Limits
"The Chinese armed forces have also shown a high level of restraint with an eye to the general bilateral relations and the regional peace and stability. However, goodwill has its principles and restraint has its bottom line," Ren said in a statement on Thursday.
According to him, no country should underestimate the capability of the Chinese military to safeguard peace and its resolve to defend national sovereignty and security interests.
"We strongly urge the Indian side to immediately withdraw its troops back to its territory and as soon as possible settle the incident and restore peace and stability in the border area," the statement read.
Border face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops occur on an almost daily basis at different parts along the 4,057-kilometer (about 2,521 miles) Line of Actual Control between the two nations. The PLA clashed with Indian forces twice in the Sikkim region in 1967. Sikkim became an Indian State in 1975 and China indirectly recognized India’s control over Sikkim in 2003, upon agreement that India accept Tibet as part of China.