ISLAMABAD – China has given a strong rebuttal to an accusation leveled in Indian media about engagement of its troops with Pakistani armed forces near Indian border areas.
The original report accused China of training Pakistani troops on Pak-India border but China’s foreign ministry strongly rejected any such activity. “There are no facts backing relevant reports,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during a media briefing on Tuesday.
He was responding to a report in the Indian media which stated that Border Security Force’s (BSF) intelligence wing has found that Chinese troops were training Pakistani soldiers across the Rajouri sector of the international border.
Being one of the biggest importer of arms to Pakistan, it is not uncommon for Chinese soldiers to train Pakistani troops on its usage. However, they are not known to be active on the Rajouri sector.
Though there is no confirmation from the Indian government regarding training activity on the Rajouri sector but Indian media maintains “Chinese forces are in close touch with the Pakistani military posted in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, which falls on the other side of the Chinese border in Xinjiang province. China needs assistance from Pakistani military to keep a check on the movement of Xinjiang terrorists, who are known to be closely connected with Taliban camps across the border.”