China terms India’s actions at Sikkim border as ‘betrayal’, counters Arun Jaitley’s remarks

On July 2, the Indian Army rushed additional troops to the area to engage the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in a "non-combative mode". This was in response to the Chinese transgression in Doklam where the PLA destroyed two Indian Army forward bunkers

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 5:59 pm
china, china india relationship, Belt and Road Forum, BRF, BRI, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, CPEC, indian express columns The Chinese and Indian security forces posted at Doklam, an area near the Sikkim border, are locked in a standoff for almost a month now.

Calling India’s actions at the Sikkim border a “betrayal”, China on Monday reiterated that the boundary section between the two countries was well demarcated. “The India-China boundary in the Sikkim section is well demarcated. The action taken by India is a betrayal of the position taken by the Indian governments,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing.

China also countered Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks saying that China of 2017, like India, is also different from 1962. “He (Arun Jaitley) is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different,” Shuang said.

Saying that China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its borders, it asked the Indian side “to respect the 1890 treaty” and immediately pull back the troops which have crossed into its territory.

It also accused India of using Bhutan as a “cover up” for the “illegal entry” into the Doklam area over which Bhutan has lodged a protest with the Chinese government. “In order to cover up the illegal entry of the Indian border troops, to distort the fact and even at the expense of
Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right from wrong, that is futile,” Geng said.

He said China has “no objection to normal bilateral relations between India and Bhutan but firmly opposed to the Indian side infringing on Chinese territory using Bhutan as an excuse.”

“The Bhutan side does not know previously that the Indian troops entered into the Doklam area, which is not in line with what is claimed by the Indian side,” Geng said.

Asked whether any talks are going on between India and China to resolve the Sikkim standoff, Geng said, “After the illegal entry of border took place, China has lodged solemn representations at different levels with the Indian side in Delhi and Beijing.”

“The line of diplomatic communication between two sides is open and smooth,” he said.

The Chinese and Indian security forces posted at Doklam, an area near the Sikkim border, are locked in a standoff for almost a month now. On July 2, the Indian Army rushed additional troops to the area to engage the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in a “non-combative mode”. This was in response to the Chinese transgression in Doklam where the PLA destroyed two Indian Army forward bunkers, claiming that India was violating its territorial sovereignty.

Releasing details of the events that preceded the current impasse, the Indian Army had said its troops prevented the Chinese servicemen and machines from furthering damage or transgressing into the area.

Additional forces from nearby brigade headquarters, located 20 km from the face off point, were moved in on June 8 during which a scuffle led to soldiers on both sides suffering minor injuries. Later, PLA troops were rushed in from its 141 division located in the area, prompting the Indian Army to also strengthen its position.

This is the longest standoff between the two armies since 1962. The last one, which carried on for 21 days, occurred at Daulat Beg Oldie in the Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013, when Chinese troops entered 30 km into Indian territory till the Depsang Plains and claimed it to be a part of its Xinjiang province. They were, however, pushed back. Sikkim, which became a part of India in May 1976, is the only state which has a demarcated border with China. The lines are based on a treaty signed with the Chinese in 1898.

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    MyTake
    Jul 4, 2017 at 5:17 am
    In Chinese betrayal means not giving a free run!
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      Antony
      Jul 4, 2017 at 4:43 am
      this is not the right time to go for war. we need to built up the airforce which is in the worst condition with handicapped sqadrons. Navy needs urgently submarines and army's new mountain brigade is still not armed fully. so urgently go for aquisitions from whatever source we can to built up the deficiency ! porkistan will attack us from western front if china attack from east ! above all we need national unity to keep out the external threat for that modi need t control gau rakshaks and sanghi terrorists !
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        Chetram Sharma
        Jul 4, 2017 at 4:37 am
        Modi ji ko bolo, Indira Gandhi jaise phaislai kare. Nahi to 2019 ka PM koi aur hoga.
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          Vishnu Sharma
          Jul 4, 2017 at 1:38 am
          The chinese can understand only one language. The language with which the troops of the anese Imperial Army spoke to them in Nanking in 1937. It is the only language which these mongrels understand.
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            yang
            Jul 4, 2017 at 4:39 am
            What kind of language Indian people understand? There is no future for a country, which only understands brutal forces and keeps yelling for wars on INTERNET.
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              Nishant
              Jul 5, 2017 at 12:05 am
              We should listen to Yang, and ask him to explain his viewpoint in detail. If a good advice comes even rom the other side, it should be considered. Mr. Yang please explain in detail for the good of readers, and may be we will thank you, if you can convince us.
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            rick patel
            Jul 4, 2017 at 1:25 am
            It's high time India attack China..pakistan at same time and finish them off.under modi we are the superpower now...it will take one week for our army to defeat them under our pm modi guidance...jai Bharat...
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              yang
              Jul 4, 2017 at 4:34 am
              Do it! Just do it physically! Begging your Modi to do it in sacrifice of lives of india
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              MyTake
              Jul 4, 2017 at 12:48 am
              China is like Pakistan who do not encourage moral stories for Children in Schools. Consequence is they pick up fights with everyone when they grow old.
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                MyTake
                Jul 4, 2017 at 12:45 am
                China should give up its imperial minded behavior with neighbours.
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                  rohit
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                  only way is to bycott Chinese good commercially...making the cost of such issues high for China...just as they did for the South Koreans... mercial penalty is the most potent weapon that India has to counter Chinese misadventure...
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