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BEIJING/NEW DELHI: China’s defence ministry on Thursday said it was firmly opposed to any third party “meddling” in the border issue and hoped India would abide by the agreements to not hold military drills near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the very pacts it had been accused of violating in eastern Ladakh leading to a prolonged standoff. India countered China, saying that the millitary exercise near the LAC was “totally different”.
Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China’s ministry of national defence, made the comments while replying to question about reports of special forces of the US and India recently holding a joint combat exercise in the southern foothills of the Himalayas and their plans to conduct a joint military exercise code-named ‘War Exercise’ (Yudh Abhyas) in October close to the border.
“We firmly oppose any third party to meddle (sic) in the China-India border issue in any form,” Tan said.
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the two sides should stick to agreements. “I don’t understand the reference to third-party interference. India-US exercise is totally different and I don’t know what colour has been given to that. It is targeted and a violation of agreements,” he said.

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