Back down, learn from historical lessons, China warns India

The frontier spat has had Indian pilgrims headed to Kailash Mansarovar returning from the Nathu La pass in Sikkim and China has said resumption of pilgrim passage will depend on what India does next.

Written by Apurva , Shubhajit Roy | Beijing/new Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2017 9:11 pm
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Upping the ante as Indian and Chinese troops face off over road construction on the borders of a plateau in Bhutan which China claims, Beijing Thursday said withdrawal of Indian troops from the Doklam plateau was a prerequisite for any dialogue between the two countries, and to prevent any escalation. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also warned Army chief General Bipin Rawat to “stop clamouring for war”, dismissing as “extremely irresponsible” his recent remarks that India was ready for a “two-and-a-half front war”.

Alluding to the 1962 Sino-Indian war, PLA spokesperson Col Wu Qian told reporters: “We hope that the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop such clamouring for war.” Meanwhile, Bhutan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Bhutan has conveyed to the Chinese side, both on the ground and through the diplomatic channel, that the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between our two countries. Bhutan hopes that the status quo in the Doklam area will be maintained as before 16 June 2017.”

In a statement, Thimphu said that on June 16, “the Chinese Army started constructing a motorable road from Dokola in the Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp at Zompelri”. It said boundary talks are ongoing between Bhutan and China and “we have written agreements of 1988 and 1998 stating that the two sides agree to maintain peace and tranquility in their border areas pending a final settlement on the boundary question, and to maintain status quo on the boundary as before March 1959. The agreements also state that the two sides will refrain from taking unilateral action, or use of force, to change the status quo of the boundary.”

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, maintained that “Doklam has been a part of China since ancient times. That is an indisputable fact supported by historical and jurisprudential evidence, and the ground situation. China’s activities in Doklam are acts of sovereignty on its own territory. It is completely justified and lawful.” Chinese MFA spokesman Lu Kang put out photographs, allegedly showing the Indian “incursion” into Chinese territory. “The pictures clearly show that Indian soldiers and vehicles have overstepped the crest which is defined as the boundary and entered Chinese territory,” he said.

“Indian border troops illegally crossed into the Chinese territory at the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary… Truth may be concealed for a while, but not forever. We once again urge the Indian side to abide by the existing boundary convention, respect China’s territorial sovereignty, and immediately bring the border troops that have crossed into China back to the Indian side of the boundary, so as not to worsen the situation.” The frontier spat has had Indian pilgrims headed to Kailash Mansarovar returning from the Nathu La pass in Sikkim and China has said resumption of pilgrim passage will depend on what India does next.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military conducted trials of a 35-tonne light weight battle tank in Tibet near the Indian border. Asked whether it is targeted against India, PLA spokesman Wu said, “The purpose is to test the parameters of the equipment and is not targeted against any country.” In New Delhi, sources said the clash on the Doklam plateau, which overlooks the strategic Chumbi Valley that stretches all the way to the frontier with Sikkim, involved troops serving with India’s Brigade-sized mission at Ha — a formation meant to train Bhutan’s armed forces, but which also deploys alongside the Royal Bhutan Army to patrol its frontiers against China.

“Even though India has long had a presence along the Bhutan-China border, it has never acted in defence of its ally’s interests. The Chinese are very upset by the Indian assertion, and are seeking to push back against what they see as a line having been crossed,” a senior Indian official said. The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not explain how Indian troops had succeeded in traversing several dozen kilometres of mountain terrain required to move from Sikkim to Doklam — wording Indian diplomats said was likely intended to avoid drawing Bhutan into the controversy.

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    Hari
    Jul 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    China is applying offensive tactics against all its neighbors and is not ready to obey International Court order over the South China Sea which is claimed by China as part of that country. China is the most opportunist and aggressive country who is claiming territories of all its neighboring countries including India. It is very necessary for all countries to boycott CHINA economically by boycotting all Chinese goods which are a most effective tool to deal with aggressor like CHINA. Indians should not use any Chinese goods as far as practicable in the national interest. In the meantime, Indian govt should also encourage the manufacture of high value and voluminous goods speedily to minimize the import of Chinese goods. The high import duty on Chinese products should be imposed and sub-standard goods should be completely banned which is exported by CHINA TO INDIA.
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      Sarabjeet Singh Bamrah.
      Jul 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm
      China, along with Porkistan appears to be living in a FOOL'S PARADISE. it should wake up to the facts that-THIS IS NOT 1962 before it is too late.
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        Brill Man
        Jun 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm
        Tibet Hong Kong Inner Mon a ugars Taiwan free them from peadophile rule of Chinese communist party there president is rapist his wife a cross between jimmy saville in drag yes she has its rancid
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          Brill Man
          Jun 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm
          Go to war with pakistans unwanted stain
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            Brill Man
            Jun 30, 2017 at 10:27 pm
            Mao was a serial child offender who raped his mum and fingered little children china is pakistans dog tampon incontinenace pad,the slits eyed need to be nuked
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              browneyes
              Jun 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm
              They need to be reminded that India is a nuclear power which can exterminate all of their major cities and, if it really came to defending its sovereignity, would do so at whatever cost to itself. The relationship between India and China is mutually assured destruction. That means zero change on the ground is possible. They need to learn this - the hard way if possible. In other words, a significant war in the sector is fine. It MUST be fought, and American and anese assistance in a war like that is almost guaranteed. India will not be alone, while their only allies will be North Korea and Pakistan. They are paving the way for a major alliance of India, an, Vietnam, America and Australia that will be focused against them. If they continue, it is just a matter of time before anese and American troops will be present on the Tibetan border and Indian troops on the border with Vietnam. They should remember that India only recognises Chinese suzerainty in Tibet, not sovereignty.
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                Bvm Rao
                Jun 30, 2017 at 9:09 pm
                China too needs to learn from history that bullying did not work for any country for long. India needs to show such spine more frequently.
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                  Hari
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm
                  China is applying offensive tactics against all its neighbors and is not ready to obey International Court order over the South China Sea which is claimed by China as part of that country. China is the most opportunist and aggressive country who is claiming territories of all its neighboring countries including India. It is very necessary for all countries to boycott CHINA economically by boycotting all Chinese goods which are a most effective tool to deal with aggressor like CHINA. Indians should not use any Chinese goods as far as practicable in the national interest. In the meantime, Indian govt should also encourage the manufacture of high value and voluminous goods speedily to minimize the import of Chinese goods. The high import duty on Chinese products should be imposed and sub-standard goods should be completely banned which is exported by CHINA TO INDIA. China must note that there is the difference between 1962and now when India is having offensive weapons to destroy China
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                    browneyes
                    Jun 30, 2017 at 10:12 pm
                    India should immediately start backing Vietnam and an in their conflicts with China. An alliance is inevitable and must now openly be forged. China has made its choice. They are trying to prevent India's peaceful rise. The lesson of Indian history is that such powers should never be appeased. They cannot do anything. If India and China enter into a nuclear exchange, that will become the single event that defines all of Chinese history. It will almost permanently eliminate them from any possibility of playing a significant global role.
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