22 August, 2017
Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, 15 August i.e. on India's Independence Day.
In a strongly worded statement, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "The Indian side illegally crossed the boundary on the excuse of".
She further said that if people were to go by India's "ridiculous logic", anyone who dislikes an activity in their neighbour's house can "break into their home".
India's logic on road construction by China in Doklam on the border posed a threat to New Delhi was "ridiculous and vicious", said Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
China on Monday urged India to abide by the Line of Actual Control (LAC) position of 1959, following last week's scuffle between troops of the two countries along the Pangong lake in Ladakh.
While India has been persistent in forwarding requests for a negotiation, China has been abhorrent in its demand saying only after India withdraws its troops, any scope for negotiation can open up. "Wouldn't that be utter chaos?", Chunying added.
Even as the border stand-off at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction continues, the Chinese embassy officials in a rare move made a "special trip" to visit Chinese students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to caution them of the tensed environment in which they are in Delhi to start their academic session.
But Bhutan says Dokalam belongs to it, while China claims it to be its territory. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, meanwhile, in keeping with India's refusal to be baited into ugly rhetoric, said he expects the confrontation at Sikkim to subside soon.
"We have said many times that prerequisite basis for the settlement of the trespass is the unconditional withdrawal of the personnel and equipment from the Indian side.Ranjnath Singh had expressed hopes that to end the Doklam deadlock China would make a positive move". Noteworthy that, initially they denied having knowledge about the incident and only when visual evidence surfaced, they shifted the blame to the Indian side. "At the same time we will safeguard our territorial sovereignty and integrity".
"China loves peace and firmly upholds peace". "We will not allow any country or any individual to infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty", she said.