Saturday, 18 August, 2018

India Mum on Troop Numbers in Doklam

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border China tells India to cease making excuses and withdraw its troops
Andrew Cummings | 07 August, 2017, 01:11

The Chinese foreign ministry, the defense ministry, the Chinese Embassy in India and the People's Daily have time and again urged India to withdraw its troops, failing which China's People's Liberation Army would be forced to take action.

With India, the USA and China forming a "very combustible mixture right now", the fate of the ongoing Doklam standoff would largely depend upon events in the South China Sea, noted commentator on worldwide affairs, Meghnad Desai has said.

The editorial also claimed that "PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation".

China and India have always been suspicious of each other, a legacy of the 1962 border war, India's playing host to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and China's close relations with India's regional rival Pakistan.

The Modi government's hard-line stance is sustained by neither laws nor strength. "This administration is recklessly breaking worldwide norms and jeopardizing India's national pride and peaceful development".

The article goes on to say that the Indian government is being irresponsible when it comes to national security and is taking the well-being of its citizens for granted. However, a fully fledged conflict between the two countries is very unlikely, an expert in an interview with Sputnik said.

"If India refuses to withdraw, China may conduct a small-scale military operation within two weeks", he said.

Asked about India's position following the release of a 15-page document by China on the issue, Baglay referred to his statement on Wednesday wherein he said that "India considers that peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations with China".

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China's defence ministry last month warned India not to harbour any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory.

Adding to the growing belligerence, Global Times said that the PLA was combat-ready but has exercised restraint as it "cherishes peace".

"India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences". He said it was unfortunate that the initiatives Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken initially with China had petered out. Bhutan has protested to China, saying the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved.

Meanwhile, New Delhi said it continues to engage with Beijing diplomatically to find a mutually-acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff.

"Times are changing and it is economic power and not strategic power that decides strength of a nation..."

"Under such circumstances, instead of deeply reflecting on its mistakes, the Indian side fabricated such sheer fallacies as the so-called "security concerns", the "issue of tri-junction" and "at the request of Bhutan" as excuses to justify its wrongdoing", it said.

Troops of both countries are locked in a stand off along the border in Sikkim sector, after China attempted road construction in Bhutanese territory around mid-June.

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