China ready to discuss new Kailash routes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2017 08:56:39



THE Chinese embassy here on Wednesday said China was willing to discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements through other routes for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims who had planned the journey via Nathula Pass, suggesting that the mountain pass in Sikkim was not open anymore for the pilgrimage.

In a statement, spokesperson of Chinese embassy in India Consular Xie Liyan said, “The official yatra through Lipuleku Pass and non-official yatra through Lhasa and Purang are still on the rails.” “Indian yatra to Kailash and Manasrovar is an
important part of China-India people-to-people and cultural exchanges...The two sides agreed that a total of 350 yatris in seven batches would take part in yatras to Xizang through Nathula Pass this year,” she said.

“However, days before the departure of the yatris the Indian border troops crossed into the Chinese territory and obstructed the Chinese border troops’ normal activities in Dok Lam. To ensure the safe and smooth visit of Indian yatris, China has to halt their entry into Xizang through Nathula Pass,” she said.

The spokesperson also said the Chinese side had notified the Indian side through diplomatic channel.
“China consistently respects the Indian people’s religious sentiments and attaches importance to” the pilgrimage,” she said.