As Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a surprise visit on Friday to eastern Ladakh to meet troops amid a bitter Sino-India military standoff, China said neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation.
Modi visited Leh where he interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP.
During his interaction, Modi, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief M M Naravane, said the era of expansionism is over and that India's enemies had seen the “fire and fury” of its armed forces.
Reacting to Modi's visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, "China and India are in communication with each other through military and diplomatic channels. Neither side should make any move that may complicate the border situation."
Spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Delhi Ji Rong in a tweet said, “It is groundless to view China as expansionist.”
He said China had peacefully demarcated the boundary with 12 of its 14 neighbouring countries.
India on Thursday said it expected China to ensure expeditious restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas in sync with the provisions of relevant bilateral pacts.
The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks.
Tensions escalated after 20 Indian Army men were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15.
At the briefing, Zhao said Beijing would take necessary measures to uphold the legitimate rights of its businesses in India following New Delhi's decision to bar Chinese firms from taking part in road projects and amid reports of delay in customs clearances of shipments of Chinese firms.
“The Indian side should not have strategic miscalculation on China. We hope it will work with China to uphold the overall picture of our bilateral relations,” he said.