Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official

China's top diplomat on the boundary issue, Wang Wenli, told a visiting Indian media delegation that Bhutan has conveyed to Beijing through the diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: August 8, 2017 10:26 pm
Doklam, Bhutan, China, India-china, sikkim impasse Bhutan had protested to the Chinese government, accusing it of violating a bilateral pact after its troops tried to construct a road in the Doklam area on June 16. (File photo)

In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said today that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff does not belong to it. China’s top diplomat on the boundary issue, Wang Wenli, told a visiting Indian media delegation that Bhutan has conveyed to Beijing through the diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory.

She provided no evidence for the claim, which is at the complete variance with Bhutan’s stated position and actions. Bhutan had protested to the Chinese government, accusing it of violating a bilateral pact after its troops tried to construct a road in the Doklam area on June 16. “After the incident, the Bhutanese made it very clear to us that the place where the trespassing happened is not Bhutan’s territory,” said Wang, who is the Deputy Director General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

She went on to say that “Bhutanese find it very strange that the Indian border troops are on the Chinese soil,” and implied that her views have been gleaned from Bhutanese state media and legal blogs which have “more convincing information”. A statement issued by India’s External Affairs Ministry on June 30 said, “On June 16, a PLA (People’s Liberation Army) construction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road. It is our understanding that a Royal Bhutan Army patrol attempted to dissuade them from this unilateral activity.”

India had also cited the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry as emphasising that “the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between these two countries. They have urged a return to the status quo as before June 16, 2017.”

India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. India says both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place.

Wang said Bhutan is observing the actions being taken by both Indian and Chinese troops from its territory. Bhutan has no direct diplomatic relations with China and maintains contacts with Beijing through its diplomatic mission in New Delhi.

Bhutan and China have held 24 rounds of talks to resolve boundary dispute while India and China have completed 19 rounds of talks. Wang said India and Bhutan are two countries out of the 14 countries China is yet to sort out boundary disputes. China has settled boundary dispute approximately of 20,000 km with 12 countries out of the 22,000 km and is yet to settle about 2,000 km of boundary involving India and Bhutan.

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    Lallu
    Aug 11, 2017 at 1:16 am
    Time to teach China a lesson ... give them a more serious reply than what happened 1967.
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      Jay
      Aug 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm
      The British "Jane's Defense Weekly" on July 24, 2017 reported that India's audit bureau on July 21, said in a report submitted to the Indian parliament, the country's army ammunition stock only barely enough for 10 days combat.The report issued by the Indian Audit Office is "shocking", and the report notes that artillery ammunition defects make more than 83percent of large caliber ammunition "Unqualified". But the state-owned munitions producers' management committee turned a blind eye to the problem of ammunition and did not initiate any of the recourse procedures addition Product "bad quality", only 2013 to 2016 years, the production of 16 types of ammunition by the Indian Army "refused". hahaha。 India has only 1 million artillery ammunition, China has 100 million artillery ammunition, India 200,000 mountain army, each person of the head has 500 artillery ammunition(hahaha), the 21st century war, many people is Useless
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        Jay
        Aug 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm
        In 1970s, China army with the Vietnamese army to fight, China forces destroyed Vietnamese 1.2 million building and 1050 Industrial plants and 5280 vehicles tanks/cannon/military vehicle,Afterwards Vietnam economy 30 years did not develop, to date also to the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, But China from 80s the economy become the world's first super power country(according to the purchasing power GDP,China is 1.5 times that of USA),is 5.5 times that of India,industrial GDP is 15 times of India,China with India war, India will become the second Vietnam, the India economy will be 30 years of stagnation, the unemployment population increased by more than 300 million, opposite,China economy will take off again, the next 5 years more than the United States GDP (according to the purchasing power,China GDP is 2 times that of USA), China has 12 military group company,all is the world's top 500 enterprises(total of 2.5 million people)will be very happy for war.
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          Jay
          Aug 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm
          In 1970s, China army with the Vietnamese army to fight, China forces destroyed Vietnamese 1.2 million building and 1050 Industrial plants and 5280 vehicles tanks/cannon/military vehicle,Afterwards Vietnam economy 30 years did not develop, to date also to the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, But China from 80s the economy become the world's first super power country(according to the purchasing power GDP,China is 1.5 times that of USA),is 5.5 times that of India,industrial GDP is 15 times of India,China with India war, India will become the second Vietnam, the India economy will be 30 years of stagnation, the unemployment population increased by more than 300 million, opposite,China economy will take off again, the next 5 years more than the United States GDP (according to the purchasing power,China GDP is 2 times that of USA), China has 12 military group company,all is the world's top 500 enterprises(total of 2.5 million people)will be very happy for war.
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            Jay
            Aug 10, 2017 at 5:25 pm
            The average IQ of African 78, the Indian IQ 82, the Vietnamese IQ 94, the European and American average IQ 102 of white people, the Chinese IQ 106 (first on the world),the International authoritative IQ Organization released,anyone can google (web:Iq-research,info),hahaha
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