China said it was “ready to keep communication” with India on opening the Nathu La pass route for Kailash Manasarovar pilgrims. The newly opened Sikkim route was more convenient for pilgrims than other route through Lipulekh in Uttarakhand. The Lipulekh is unaffected.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuhag said China “has long made efforts against all odds to provide to necessary convenience” for pilgrims. The route was suspended after India trespassed at Doklam, he said. “China stands ready to keep communication with the Indian side in regard to the opening of the pass and other issues relating to pilgrims” he added.