Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

India and China face off in border standoff

India and China face off in border standoff

On Monday, Colonel Wu Qian, a defence ministry spokesman, said India must not underestimate Beijing's determination to safeguard what it considers sovereign Chinese territory in the Doklam plateau. "India should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions", a spokesperson said, adding that the Chinese army will increase focused deployments and drills in the region.

At a special briefing ahead of the PLA's 90th anniversary which falls on August 1, Qian in a message to India said, "Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard".

India, a close ally of Bhutan, stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in Doklam in June, leading to the face-off between New Delhi and Beijing.

India and China have been involved in a dispute in the Doklam region along the Sikkim border for over a month now. "China will safeguard its territorial sovereignty and security interests at all costs", W said. As a senior official said, "China has stated its position now repeatedly and will not shift, basically that India has to withdraw the troops so the NSA will have to work around that".

China has warned India not to "cling to fantasies" amid a tense border stand-off, which also involves Bhutan, involving disputed territory in the Himalayas.

Clonel Qian reiterated China's demand that Indian troops pull back from the Doklam region for talks between both countries to take place.

"The determination and will of China to defend its sovereignty is unwavering and indomitable".

Bhutan's foreign ministry called it a "direct violation" of agreements reached in 1988 and 1998 to maintain peace and refrain from unilateral action in the area pending a final border settlement.

It is expected to be taken up again when Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visits Beijing for another security forum on Thursday and Friday. "This is the prerequisite and basis for any meaningful dialogue between the two sides", MFA spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday.

The ministry reportedly warned that India should not harbour illusions about defeating the Chinese military. Though China has accused India of "illegal transgress" and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj of "lies", it has also acknowledged the use of diplomatic contacts to resolve the conflict.

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