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`No electronic survey base in Myanm
Fernandes `sabotaging' Sino-Indian ties: Beijing
`No electronic survey base in Myanmar'
BEIJING: China on Tuesday expressed ``utmost regret and resentment''
over the statement by defence minister George Fernandes that Beijing
posed a major military threat to India and accused him of ``seriously
sabotaging'' the atmosphere for improving bilateral ties between the two
giant Asian neighbours.
``The remark by Indian defence minister George Fernandes has seriously
sabotaged the friendly atmosphere for improving bilateral relations
between China and India,'' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhu
Bangzao told newspersons here at a regular ministry briefing.
Terming the statement by Mr Fernandes on Sunday that China is India's
biggest potential threat than Pakistan as ``absolutely ridiculous and
unworthy of refutation,'' Mr Zhu said the Chinese government has taken
note of the recent statements by Mr Fernandes with ``utmost regret and
He dismissed Mr Fernandes' statement that China has built a
sophisticated electronic surveillance base in Myanmar's Coco islands and
installed missiles in Tibet targeting India as ``absolutely fictitious
and entirely baseless. It has no basis in facts and it is groundless.''
``China does not pose any threat to neighbouring countries,'' Mr Zhu
said, adding ``his accusation concerning China's relations with relevant
countries is utterly fictitious and has no basis in facts.''
He said, ``The principled position of the Chinese government is open and
above board and is well- known to all.''
China has always worked to develop friendly relations and cooperation
with neighbouring countries, including Pakistan and India, on the basis
of the five principles of peaceful co-existence, the spokesman
May 6, 1998. The Times of India
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