China demands India remove troops from disputed border region

Commentary: Why China cannot back down in the Doklam standoff
China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border
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04 August, 2017

India, however, says that the area belongs to Bhutan. While the Indian side had said that the Chinese troops intruded into the Indian border in Sikkim and destroyed bunkers in June, the People's Liberation Army accused India of creating issues by halting a road construction in the area.

The official army newspaper the PLA Daily followed with extensive coverage of the dispute, including a commentary accusing India of concocting "all sorts of excuses" over what it called illegal entry by Indian personnel into Chinese territory.

"Over one month has passed since the outbreak of the incident".

Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission Liu Jinsong said, "The crossing of the boundary line by Indian troops into the territory of China using the pretext of security concerns for a third party [Bhutan] is illegal".

China's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Indian military was still in Chinese territory, and that China had acted with a great deal of restraint, demanding that India withdraw its forces. "This is by no means for peace".

The spokesman provided several other arguments, which, according to Beijing, prove that India is looking to escalate the situation in Doklam.

"The Indian side didn't make any response to the Chinese side through any channel for over one month".

It said there were still 40 Indian troop in Chinese territory, although the number has dropped from a peak of 400.

The foreign ministry spokesman added that Delhi's "unreasonable demands" to Beijing also "demonstrated its lack of sincerity for resolving the incident".

India has denied any such military buildup and, in a statement to parliament on Thursday evening, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj urged dialogue based on a written common understanding regarding the border intersection reached in 2012.

"War is never the solution to a dispute. Patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems", said Sushma on India's approach to resolve the stand-off. We're not only negotiating over Doklam, but discussing bilateral relations with China as well.

The defence ministry said India should not underestimate the resolve of China's military to protect its territory.

"What India has done not only severely violates China's territorial sovereignty but also poses grave challenges to regional peace and stability and the normal global order, which will not be tolerated by any sovereign state", Geng said.

"On this basis as the initial result of the boundary settlement both sides may negotiate a final agreement on the boundary alignment in the Sikkim sector to replace the historical treaty", said the External Affairs Minister.

Some 48 Indian troops - out of 270 who entered Doklam on June 18 - remain in the disputed area, Geng said, adding, there's also large concentration of Indian forces on its side of the border.

The paper further reports that the Indian military now has around 8,500 servicemen deployed on its side of the border just outside the disputed area.


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