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India lacks power to challenge China: Farooq Abdullah

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Former chief minister of Farooq Abdullah on Monday asserted that lacks the power to take China-occupied Kashmir back from

"In Ladakh, has occupied the Aksai Chin. We shout about it, but do not have the power to take it back," Farooq said, adding that the only way to resolve the tension with is to be friends with them, as war is not a solution.

"should enhance their diplomatic channels and with that they should resolve this matter. is Pakistan's friend, had we maintained our friendship with China, they would not have been friends with Pakistan," he said.

Farooq asserted that China's motive is to make the Karakoram by-pass, which would serve as their silk route and will connect them to the port. Which eventually passes through region occupied by

"is another issue. They are asking to send him out of the country. knows how to give one shelter, cannot throw someone out of the country," he said.

and have been involved in a lengthy standoff along the Line of Actual Control adjoining Sikkim on India's eastern border.

has expressed its serious apprehensions over constructing a road in the Sikkim sector of the LAC.

claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and

Consequently, suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-border. has accused of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 14:24 IST