China has reiterated its calls for India to withdraw troops from a disputed territory in the Himalayan mountains, to avoid an “escalation of the situation.” It comes after China recently staged live-fire drills in the region. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang urged India to withdraw its troops from the area near the Chinese, Indian and Bhutanese borders. “We have stated many times that we hope the Indian side will get a

clear understanding of the situation (and) immediately take measures to withdraw the troops that illegally crossed the border back to the Indian side of the border,” Lu said, as quoted by AP. He went on to state that Indian troops must withdraw before any talks can take place over the disputed territory. China and Indian ally Bhutan have been locked in a standoff over the territory at the tri-junction of the three countries’ borders for decades. READ MORE