China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan

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Beijing—China’s Defence Ministry on Wednes-day dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were mak-ing regular patrols there.
India’s news outlet this month published pictures on its website showing what it said were likely Chinese security forces patrolling in Afghani-stan’s far northeastern Little Pamir region, where the country shares a border with China.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun dismissed the report.
“Reports in foreign media of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan do not accord with the facts,” he told a regular news briefing. Yang said China and Afghanistan did work together in some places to fight terrorist activity and cross-border crime.“In recent years, law enforcement bodies from China and Afghanistan, in accordance with a bilat-eral cooperation decision on strengthening border law enforcement, arranged to have joint law en-forcement operations in border regions,” Yang added.