China briefs envoys on Doklam stand-off: Our troops waiting patiently, won’t do so indefinitely

Doklam standoff: This has the diplomatic community in Beijing worried, and some have conveyed this message to their Indian counterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:July 18, 2017 5:18 am
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A month into the standoff at Doklam, China has conveyed to foreign diplomats in Beijing that troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been waiting patiently at the plateau — China claims the Bhutanese land at the trijunction with India and calls it Donglong — but will not wait for an indefinite period, The Indian Express has learnt.

This has the diplomatic community in Beijing worried, and some have conveyed this message to their Indian counterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi. Last month, Indian troops blocked Chinese road works in Doklam and have since been in a faceoff with PLA troops. Beijing has been insisting that New Delhi back down.

Sources told The Indian Express that Chinese officials, at a closed-door briefing last week, conveyed their version of events to diplomats stationed in Beijing. Some of the G-20 countries have been briefed by the Chinese government separately.

“Our colleagues in Beijing attended the briefing and were given the impression that the Chinese side will not be waiting for an indefinite period. This is quite worrying, and we have conveyed it to our Indian colleagues in Beijing and Bhutanese colleagues in Delhi,” a diplomat from one of the P-5 (permanent members of the UN Security Council) countries, told The Indian Express.

The diplomatic community in Beijing has been told that the dispute is between China and Bhutan, and the Indian soldiers have “jumped in”.

“They have told our colleagues in Beijing that the Indian side has trespassed into Chinese territory and changed the status quo,” the diplomat said.

This is contrary to what India has said. In its June 30 statement, New Delhi said it is “deeply concerned” at recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction will represent a “significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India”.

The Chinese have told diplomats in Beijing that they have strong evidence to prove that Doklam belongs to China. They said Doklam has always been the “traditional pasture for Chinese border inhabitants” and that their archives still retain “some receipts of the grass tax paid by Bhutanese herdsmen”.

They maintained that Indian troops must pull back to the Indian side of the boundary unconditionally and immediately, which is a precondition for meaningful dialogue between China and India.

From New Delhi’s perspective, the Indian side has underlined that the two governments had reached agreement in 2012 that the trijunction boundary points between India, China and a third country will be finalised in consultation with the country concerned. “Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine trijunction points is in violation of this understanding,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in its statement.

Government sources in New Delhi maintained that efforts are underway to “de-escalate” the situation through diplomatic channels, and NSA Ajit Doval’s visit to China on July 26-27 for the meeting of BRICS NSAs will give him an opportunity to emphasise to his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, that the consensus reached between the two countries through the Special Representatives’ process be scrupulously respected by both sides.

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    Rogelasbu Kumar
    Jul 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    A war is not a joke! Why should India soldiers use their lives to stand for Bhutan? We give them food, electronic, gas and almost every thing. But Bhutan people don't like India and want to turn to China. India should withdraw and let Bhutan manage its own border.
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      sarit
      Jul 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm
      Huh, China is just heating up the Himalayas..hope not many glaciers are melted... I personally think India should now raise the issue of Free Tibet. dia need support from Tibetans to deter Chinese insurgence.
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        Rogelasbu Kumar
        Jul 19, 2017 at 8:23 am
        Actually USA don't want to either side of India and India to win the war. If India win the war, India will become the second strong country on the earth. India will become the enemy of USA. At that point, USA will help China to oppose India. USA and Japan are not real friends of India.
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          Kushal Kumar
          Jul 19, 2017 at 7:55 am
          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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            see
            Jul 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm
            CHECK REALITY. CHINESE COMMUNISMM WAS MEANT FOR THOUSAND YEARS BACK TIME PERIOD ONLY, THAT TOO FOR WARRING FACTION RIDDEN CHINESE GROUPS TRIBES ONLY, THAT TOO FOR CHINESE DESERT LIKE LOCATIONS ONLY. TOMORROWS SOCIETIES ARE FUTURISTIC, WORLD IS MOVING AT FAST PROGRESS. CHINA MUST SET ASIDE OLD INVALID COMMMUNNIST BOOKS. GET INTO A BETTER VALID DEMOCRATIC BOOK.
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              laird of
              Jul 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm
              Sikhs will fight for india too nuke all s and porkis
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                see
                Jul 18, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                CHECK REALITY. CHINESE COMMUNISMM WAS MEANT FOR THOUSAND YEARS BACK TIME PERIOD ONLY, THAT TOO FOR WARRING FACTION RIDDEN CHINESE GROUPS TRIBES ONLY, THAT TOO FOR CHINESE DESERT LIKE LOCATIONS ONLY. TOMORROWS SOCIETIES ARE FUTURISTIC, WORLD IS MOVING AT FAST PROGRESS. CHINA MUST SET ASIDE OLD INVALID COMMMUNNIST BOOKS. GET INTO A BETTER VALID DEMOCRATIC BOOK.
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                Ashim Kumar Chatterjee
                Jul 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                If India is so firm on it's position, there is definitely it's own assessment of comparative strength of two countries. International community whom China wants to take into confidence, should analyse the situation and give their feedback to both China and India. China is a permanent member of Security Council. South and South East Asia has experienced enough to establish how China doesn't deserve that position. China has to be tamed if it doesn't restrain itself and change. Indian Express should explore if China has any internal compulsions. If there is a war, let that be declared war and India fights for not only for a small country like Bhutan but also for regaining Indian and Tibetan territory under occupation China. PM Narendra Modi can do it.
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                  Rogelasbu Kumar
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                  Peacefully! Bhutan is not the most important benefit of India. Bhutan want to become independent from India. Just like China and North Korea. China has send almost everything to North Korea. As a result, the chairman of North Korea doesn't like China. The same situation for India. Bhutan doesn't like India. Bhutan needs its own country not a slave of India. Why should India be so stupid to support Bhutan. Withdraw please! Even USA or Japan cannot afford a war against China. India should withdraw and should not waste the lives of the India soldiers.
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                    Mohit
                    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm
                    Hey ! Can Chinan really afford a war with India? I think your argument is funny.
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                      indianpolis
                      Jul 19, 2017 at 11:33 am
                      Oh yes, 100 . They can afford the war with us for may be 10 consecutive years. This is not our war, let's pull back, China is mad about it this area, a tiny move can spark a war and kill our soldiers. We shall strictly not risk the lives of soldiers for the sake of Bhutan.
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