GANGTOK, Nov 21 – The Indo-China border trade at Nathula will close on November 29, official sources here said.
This season the trading has not been satisfactory, as far as the Indian traders are concerned, with low turnout of Chinese traders and disruptions in trade caused due to the arrest of a Chinese trader inside Indian territory on alleged espionage charges.
Liang-Ki-Jiancen (20), a Chinese trader from the Tibet Autonomous Region of China (TAR) was seen clicking pictures on his cell phone inside the Indian territory and he was arrested by the police on alleged espionage charges under the Official Secrets Act,1923 and put into judicial custody.
He is currently in the state prison at Rongyek. Apparently, he refused to be handed over to the Chinese Army at the border.
Sources in the police and the intelligence has informed this correspondent that the high level Chinese delagation which was on a two-day official visit to Gangtok, met Jiancen and discussed legal matters with high ranking police officials, having expressed their faith in the Indian Judiciary. The delegation as per protocol also called on the Chief Secretary Karma Gyatso before leaving yesterday for Delhi.
The three-member team of Chinese officials was led by Minister Fan Fei,left Sikim yesterday.
The team was apparently in Sikkim to look into the “Consular issues”which crop up during the stay of the Chinese nationals.Political observers have said the trip signals a clear acknowledgement on the part of the Communist nation regarding New Delhi’s sovereignty over the Himalayan state.
China’s acknowledgment of Sikkim as an integral part of India, was only de-facto accepted by Beijing from 2003, in return for New Delhi’s recognition for the Communist nation’s claim over the Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR).