Sikkim impasse: India including tri-junction in standoff out of ‘ulterior motives’, says China

Sikkim impasse: China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson denied having any information when asked to provide details of the exact coordinates of the tri-junction. Geng also justified China's road-building in the disputed area, saying that it is not part of the Doklam area.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 7, 2017 7:00 pm
Sikkim, Bhutan, China, India, Sikkim standoff, India China border, India China relations Sikkim impasse: India and China have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.

As the month-long standoff between India and China over Doklam plateau continues, China on Friday said ‘ulterior motives’ of India prompted it to include the tri-junction with Bhutan in the Sikkim standoff, while adding that New Delhi’s acceptance of the 1890 Sino-British treaty on the boundaries in the area should not change with the passage of time.

In a statement to the media, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “The so-called tri-junction point as the name implies is a point instead of a line or an area.” The Foreign Ministry spokesperson cited the 1890 convention between Great Britain and China to say that the Sikkim section of the boundary commences from the east of Mount Gipmochi.  “The illegal trespass by the Indian troops took place at the Sikkim section of the India-China boundary, 2,000 metres away from the Mount Gipmochi,” he said, while asserting that the issue has “nothing to do with tri-junction point”.

The spokesperson denied having any information when asked to provide details of the exact coordinates of the tri-junction. Geng also justified China’s road building in the disputed area, saying that it is not part of the Doklam area. He further questioned India’s position that Doklam is part of the strategic tri-junction also known as the Chicken’s Neck.

“In disregard of the boundary convention, the Indian side takes entire Doklam area as part of the tri-junction. That is out of ulterior motives,” Geng said. “The Indian side introduced the idea of the tri-junction point into the incident in an attempt to enlarge the point into an area that is absurd and has ulterior motives,” he claimed.

India and China have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

The new development follows a verbal spat between India and China over the issue when Defence Minister Arun Jaitley shot off a terse response to Beijing when it told India to heed ‘historical lessons’. Jaitley said India of 2017 is different from 1962. To this Beijing replied saying: Just like India, China too is different from 1962.

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    Kushal Kumar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    This Vedic astrology writer's alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for India during year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads like this : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA". The place of India was indicated to be northern part like Leh Ladakh, which has come out to be somewhat indicative. This was with specific context of India only. Similar major worrisome concerns in the global context were expressed in this writer's article of 16 May 2017 - " Is World War III round the corner ?" - published in the Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida.
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      Bert Brech
      Jul 8, 2017 at 4:42 am
      Go boil your head, China. If you want to fight, come out. Otherwise when you have stomachs.
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        Sengupta
        Jul 8, 2017 at 4:39 am
        Get out of the mindset. What is wrong if Modi has no education he has brilliant people in the bureaucracy to help him. If the Jews love him and he the Jews nothing wrong as long as he does not let the Jews take over India. Europe has had an experience in this in the past and now the USA. The British are smart they let all in including the Jews but let no one take them over. The Jews are pushing circumcision this is an abuse in India thus Indians must avoid being circumcised like the Germans, British, French, Russians, etc. China can do nothing we are ready for her thanks to DRDO-USSR-RUSSIA. India has much gra ude to Russia her people and Mr. Putin. Also let us liquidate the Islamic funbdamentaists but respect Islam in the Hindu tradition.
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          NamwarSingh
          Jul 8, 2017 at 4:06 am
          Today if India is a great power it is due to the fact that India had highly educated, intelligent, world class honest leaders at independence. Now Congress Party is out and BJP in. Modi has little education and global exposure but is an elected leader of India thus he is our leader. But Modi is also backed by the Jews as they have a use for him. India today is militarily stronger militarily than a Jewish supported China. Thus this game is very clear. Also India has a good general in Gen. Rawat, thus whatsoever happens in this game India shall emerge victorious. Yes Indira Gandhi and later Gen. Sunderji did teach China a lesson much earlier.
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            Joseph Mumbai
            Jul 8, 2017 at 4:23 am
            Merit is earned through action and hard work. Not through birth. India is a democracy, any one can aspire to the highest post. A chaiwala becoming a PM is pride of democracy. Come next election people will decide. India is not Pa kistan a feudal 7th century Islamic theocracy. English is not important to be knowledgeable. One can be knowledgeable in one's mother tongue as the Germans, French, Japanese and Chinese have shown. Get out of the feudal mind set. Jai Hind.
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            Joseph Mumbai
            Jul 8, 2017 at 2:52 am
            China used to constantly humiliate India by crossing the LAC (line of actual control) most during Congress rule. And few times during BJP. Chinese were testing our resolve. Finally India has called off the bluff to the shock of the Chinese and Porkistanis. This is psychological blow to the Chinese in front of the world. Now even the Americans are emboldened and not to mention Vietnam and Japan. See their movements the last few days. See how Chinese are climbing down from their earlier positions. China does not want to be bogged down in a war with India. India has a solid geographic advantage with open seas and oceans. Most of China is land locked, hence CPEC which is a failure without Indias parti tion. In a war, the CPEC road to Gwadar is easy to destroy. China's major access to sea is South China Sea. But it's crowded with many, many countries, has a trade of 5 trillion. And then there is a choke point at Mallaca Straits. All India needs to do is play smart.
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              mark
              Jul 8, 2017 at 4:17 am
              Dear Sir, "All India needs to do is play smart." Try to come out off your own imagination, try reading US medias, European medias, no mention of Sikkim in Hamburg, Modi-ji congratulates China. Never forget that, as for Himalayas, China has a also a "solid geographic advantage" they simply stand permanently 10 000 feet above India's plains. Certainly needs to play smart to climb that much up. As you rightly say "China does not want to be bogged down in a war with India" so why they should try to start one?
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                Bert Brech
                Jul 8, 2017 at 4:50 am
                China is a paper tiger. It knows the Indian army is battle hardened and fierce and excellent at mountain warfare. China tested the Indian army in 1967 and got badly beaten - 400 killed for 80 Indians.
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                  Joseph Mumbai
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 4:51 am
                  You don't understand modern warfare. You can stay quite, smile and say words or no words. And silently stab too. Xi was all praise for India in spite of India challenge. Hahaha...
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                  Bert Brech
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 4:47 am
                  TOTALLY AGREE !!!!!!! India called the bluff of the cowardly bully and China blinked. China is a paper tiger. It knows the Indian army is battle hardened and fierce and excellent at mountain warfare. The Chinese paper "Global Times" admitted the last point. All countries threatened and bullied by China will feel hugely encouraged by India's gutsy response to Chinese bullying. Russia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, the USA.
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                  rick patel
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 2:37 am
                  With Indian army under modi we will take less then one week to destroy Pakistan and China both together .Entire Gujarati business community is ready to fight on the border if there is a war..jai modi..
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                    mmshah
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:39 am
                    It is best to refer the matter to international court of justice. Fighting will not do any good to any country.
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                      Vijay Parmar
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 12:37 am
                      Does the Indian Express have anything to say about the Indian Government's stand on the situation? Guys, your at ude borders on treason. Don't take your dislike of the BJP this far.
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