Sikkim standoff: China denies Modi-Xi meet, asks India to withdraw troops for talks

Sikkim standoff: China's foreign ministry spokesperson Geng’s comments came as Chinese state-run media ratcheted up rhetoric against India over the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam. In a commentary, state-run Xinhua said that India had “blatantly” trespassed on sovereign Chinese territory.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: July 11, 2017 8:42 am
doka la, india, china, sikkim, bhutan Sikkim standoff: PTI quoted official sources saying China has removed an old bunker of the Indian Army located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request.

China on Monday denied Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had held talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany while reiterating that meaningful dialogue could be held with India after it withdraws troops from the Chinese side in Doklam.

“As for the range of questions… I think we are most concerned about the illegal cross-border problems by Indian troops. The troops should withdraw immediately to the Indian side of the Sino-Indian border… This is the prerequisite and basis for any meaningful dialogue between the parties,” Chinese foreign affairs ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in response to external affairs ministry tweet’s during that the two leaders had a conversation on a “range of issues”. He added that diplomatic channels between the two sides were “smooth”. Also Read: Rahul Gandhi defends meet with Chinese envoy, says it is his job to be ‘informed on critical issues’

Geng’s comments came as Chinese state-run media ratcheted up rhetoric against India over the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam. In a commentary, state-run Xinhua said that India had “blatantly” trespassed on sovereign Chinese territory.

The Global Times alleged that Indian troops had invaded Doklam in the name of helping Bhutan. It claimed Indian leaders were using the incident to “appease” domestic and international audiences and warned against using the “Dalai Lama card”. “Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan’s territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area. Otherwise, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir,” said an article.

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    K. Dutt
    Jul 11, 2017 at 8:56 am
    According to the Chinese government propaganda arm, The Global Times, India can not be in Bhutan's area that is in a dispute with China. That is a load of bilge. In any case, assuming the Chinese position has any validity, what is the Chinese project CPEC with thousands of Chinese workers and soldiers doing in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a territory of India?
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      Kamal Pasha
      Jul 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm
      K.Dutt. : Not a single inch of Kashmir belong to India. Kashmir belong to Muslim Kashmiris only.
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        Anil
        Jul 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm
        You guys are nothing but narrow minded, regressive, brainwashed bigots who cannot see anything beyond religion. It shows in the kind of filthy, violent, failure of a country you have created. You guys are yesterday's people, misfits and unwelcome in the modern world.
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      Ramesh Nittoor
      Jul 11, 2017 at 7:48 am
      Xinhua is official mouthpiece, it is dragon-speak, and not panda-speak of Global Times. Chinese probably expect a rightward turn, they probably missed that PM Modi has systematically stressed Lohia component in his vision of secular India, this centering of Indian polity is a most effective antidote to Chinese threat, which insures Adhunik Bharat is the mainstream polity which sa uards Idea of India. With political risk thereby eliminated, strategic capabilities enhanced via primary partnership, India can sustain any impasse for the long haul. India holds considerable tactical and logistics advantage in the conflict zone, hence any Chinese venture would lead to severe short term losses for them.
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