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Chinese general warns India against 'new trouble'

An Indian soldier stands guard at the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh, on October 21, 2012
An Indian soldier stands guard at the border with China in Arunachal Pradesh, on October 21, 2012. An outspoken Chinese general has warned India against stirring up "new trouble" in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi's defence minister was s

An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up "new trouble" in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi's defence minister was set to visit Beijing.

"The Indian side should not provoke new problems and increase military deployment at the border areas and stir up new trouble," Major General Luo Yuan told reporters.

Luo, the deputy-director general of the world military research department at a People's Liberation Army academy, described himself at a briefing as a "reasonable hardliner".

Indian defence chief A.K. Antony attends a ceremony in Kolkata, on January 9, 2013
Indian defence chief A.K. Antony attends a ceremony in Kolkata, on January 9, 2013.

He made waves last year with comments questioning the legitimacy of Japanese sovereignty over the Ryukyu Islands, a chain that includes Okinawa and hosts numerous United States military bases.

"India is the only country in the world that says that it is developing its military power because of China's military threat," said Luo, who was wearing a business suit.

"So I believe that India should be very cautious in what it does and what it says."

A high-altitude frontier dispute between the nuclear-armed giants in the Himalayas has simmered for decades but intensified in May over troop movements in the region.

Map of the disputed border area claimed bu India and China
Graphic showing disputed border regions between China and India

New Delhi alleged Chinese troops intruded nearly 20 kilometres (12 miles) into Indian-claimed territory.

A three-week standoff ensued and was resolved after talks between local military leaders and a withdrawal of troops from both sides.

The border situation was now generally "under control" following a visit to India in May by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Luo said.

His comments came as Indian defence chief A.K. Antony was due to arrive in China late Thursday for three days of talks, the first such trip in seven years.

In this photo taken on July 10, 2008, Chinese soldiers stand guard at the ancient Nathu La border crossing with India
In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, Chinese soldiers stand guard on the Chinese side of the ancient Nathu La border crossing between India and China.

Antony's visit, on which he is accompanied by top Indian military commanders, coincides with a trip to China by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan, India's nuclear-armed neighbour and arch-rival, is a longstanding close ally of Beijing. Chinese officials describe their relationship with Islamabad as one between "all weather friends".

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