China says Doklam situation ‘grave’, rules out compromise with India

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for past 19 days after a Chinese army's construction party came 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.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 7:54 pm
China, Doklam, India-China, India-China standoff, Doklam situation, Sikkim, Sikkim border, Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India. (Representational photo)

China on Tuesday ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation. In unusually blunt remarks, China’s Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff.

Asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think-tanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, the ambassador said in an interview to PTI: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option).”

The Chinese government is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a “pre-condition”, he asserted.

“The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India,” he said.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for past 19 days after a Chinese army’s construction party came 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. China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.

“The situation is grave and made me deeply worried. It is the first time that Indian troops have crossed the mutually recognised boundary and trespassed into China’s territory, triggering a close range face off between Chinese and Indian border troops. Now 19 days have passed, but the situation still has not eased,” Luo said.

He also asserted that India has no right to interfere with the China-Bhutan boundary talks, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan.

On the standoff, the Ministry of External Affairs had said India was “deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India”.

“As for the so called ‘security concerns’ of the Indian side, India has crossed a delimited boundary into other country’s territory in the name of security concerns, no matter what kind of activities it conducts there, which will not acceptable to any sovereign state.

“India cannot encroach upon the territory of other countries on the ground of its ‘security concerns’. Otherwise, the world would be in chaos,” the Chinese envoy added.

He also asserted that “it is critical that India shall withdraw its troops immediately to minimise the negative impact. It serves the interests of the two sides.”

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    Dr.D.T.subhash
    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:01 am
    China should realize what it is doing in POK.
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      George Cruz
      Jul 5, 2017 at 6:42 am
      China is using N.Korea as proxy to threaten the US allies like South Korea, an, Australia, Vietnam, Philippines, building huge military complex in the international waters in South China Sea. and sooner or later will be in the cross hairs of the US and NATO forces.
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        Joseph Mumbai
        Jul 5, 2017 at 3:56 am
        China is in self inflicted wound. It has exposed itself. All these years it got used to intimidation and got away with it. This is a well thought and planned Indian Army action knowing all the pros and cons. In nuclear war there are no winners and losers. China has more to lose as its more developed and second biggest economy. The US waiting to seize the opportunity. Not to help India. But because a established Super Power does not tolerate a rival. China has everything to lose. India we support you. Don't back down.
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          Pirabha
          Jul 5, 2017 at 3:55 am
          Send AishwARYA Rai to China. Instead of war she would even obtain their latest fighter jets for India like he did in the Rafael deal by meeting Francois Hollande just one night dinner arranged by Avatar Pursh Modi!
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            Bonkered Bhakt
            Jul 5, 2017 at 3:52 am
            China should remember that NOW Modi's India has the humongous SUPER POWER ISRAEL BY ITS SIDE. Modi has out sourced its defense to Israeli Id OT s. And so a s s I am a Bhakt I ask China to cease and desist its adventure.
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              Chetram Sharma
              Jul 5, 2017 at 2:59 am
              indian stop buying chinese goods. Teach a lesson
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                Pirabha
                Jul 5, 2017 at 3:57 am
                First you i d i o t stop using all digital devices which has at least 90 percent Chinese made parts.
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                  Pirabha
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 3:58 am
                  No TV, Computer, mobile, owen, all electrical equipments....
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                  Ash
                  Jul 5, 2017 at 1:50 am
                  Modi has signed mutual defence treaties with a lot of countries.Let's see how many come forward to help in the confrontation with China.
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                    Raj Parwani
                    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:16 am
                    World is going through a huge polar shift, India is aligning with US and Israel while China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan are coming closer to each other. It's a big gamble for India cause India is cozying up with countries who are thousands of miles away while damaging hopes of good relations with four countries in the neighbourhood, three of them are nuclear powers. I think Indian establishment needs to deliberate more on this shift cause you don't want one extremist butcher of BJP damage relations that India worked hard on for last 70 years. Time to wake up people. He may irreversibly damage India's relationship with every neighbouring country.
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                      Joseph Mumbai
                      Jul 5, 2017 at 3:46 am
                      You Pa ki or dumb Indian traitor. Relationship with Porkistan and China. Countries that hurt India!!!
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                        Thrinethran T
                        Jul 5, 2017 at 5:20 am
                        Pakistan is a suicidal terror broker and Iran a dangerous zealot, whom the world rightly avoids. Russia under Putin is becoming obsessed with brute power, but weak economically. These allies of China will cancel one other out, as none has legitimacy.
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