BEIJING: China on Thursday hoped India could do "more" to maintain peace and stability on the border areas "rather than the contrary", following reports that New Delhi plans to deploy BrahMos missiles along its boundary with Beijing.
"To maintain peace and stability in the China-India border areas is an important consensus reached by the two sides. We hope that the Indian side can do more to benefit peace and stability along the border and in the region, rather than the contrary," Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian said at a press briefing.
The remarks came in response to a question over a People's Liberation Army Daily commentary criticising the Indian government's decision to deploy advanced cruise missiles in areas along the India-China border.
According to reports, the Indian government has sanctioned induction of BrahMos supersonic missiles, with steep-diving capabilities, to be deployed on its eastern border with China.
The PLA Daily, the official publication of People's Liberation Army, warned that India's move could lead to “counter measures” from China.
The BrahMos cruise missile is a joint venture between Russia and India.