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China says it did not violate Indian airspace

China on Tuesday denied that its military helicopter had violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir, saying its border patrols abide by rules and regulations.

“China does not encroach on other countries’ airspace,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters here.

“Chinese border patrols abide by relevant rules and regulations, and do not cross borders or enter the airspace or territory of other countries,” Jiang was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

The statement comes a day after Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said a Chinese helicopter had violated Indian airspace two months back and that New Delhi has taken up the matter with Beijing.

The spokeswoman also termed as “groundless” Indian media reports that there had been military friction between China and India along their mutual borderline.

“China and India have reached a consensus, agreeing that the two sides would work together to maintain peace and stability in border areas before border issues are negotiated,” Jiang said.

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