China ups rhetoric in increasingly tense standoff with India

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

The Tibet military region has also reportedly conducted exercises in the region, which Zhao Gancheng, director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, believes is a hint that China could use military means to end the ongoing standoff.

The seminar will specifically look at four sectors - connectivity and integration, BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) and its global possibilities, the potential of synergy between China and India and BCIM (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar) and sub-regional cooperation.

As the India-China border standoff swings between warnings and signs of thaw, ET looks into the claims on either side of the Dokalam plateau in the Himalayas where the build-up of troops for over two months now has been making headlines.

"Over 400 people at one point, have put up three tents and advanced over 180 metres into the Chinese territory".

On Wednesday, the foreign ministry released a 15-page document of "facts" about the border dispute, which included a map of alleged intrusions and photographs of what it stated were Indian troops and military vehicles on China's side of the frontier.

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Baglay also clarified that the development of its border areas is the legitimate matter of interest for the Indian government as well as its responsibility.

Beijing is adamant India must withdraw its troops unconditionally before there can be any substantive talks on the Doklam issue and the related question of where the tri-junction between the borders of India, China, and Bhutan lies.

Beijing's sharp remarks come as the two countries remain locked in weeks-long intense border row centred on a contested region in the Himalayas where the frontiers of China, India and Bhutan meet.

"There are differences and problems between India and China. The law is on our side, this is accepted by all other countries and if talks are to take place, both sides must pull back troops".

On Thursday, the External Affairs minister spelt out the government's stand on the issue in Parliament. Wisdom is to resolve issues diplomatically.

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Experts in India say that by building the road, China may be able to gain access to a narrow strip of Indian land known as the Siliguri Corridor or Chicken's Neck. The neighbouring country, China has been holding India responsible for Sikkim standoff.

"We are not negotiating only on Doklam, we are talking about bilateral relations in entirety. If there is a dialogue there will be a solution", she said.

Beijing, which views Doklam - or as it calls it "Donglang" - a part of Chinese territory, has accused India of breaching an internationally recognized border.

Emphasising that India's objective is to achieve peace and tranquillity through diplomacy, he said New Delhi continues to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution and also was in continuous and close coordination with Bhutan on the Doklam issue.

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