China Promises Increased Patrols Near India Border

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — After ending a border standoff with India, China has said it will strengthen patrols in the contentious area.

The standoff began in June when India entered territory disputed between Bhutan and China to halt China’s construction of a road.

The standoff finally ended on Monday Aug. 28, when India withdrew its troops and China apparently abandoned road construction.

However on Thursday, a spokesman for the Chinese defense ministry said the army will continue to carry out missions and strengthen patrols and garrisons in the disputed area to, “safeguard national sovereignty and security.”

He also said “In light of the changes in the situation on the ground, Chinese border forces will carry out adjustments to deployments.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in China beginning on Sunday that will also be attended by leaders of Russia, Brazil and South Africa.