Doklam standoff: What has happened so far

Doklam stand-off: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also likely to visit China on July 26-27 for BRICS NSAs meeting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2017 7:34 pm
sikkim border, doklam, india china conflict, Bhutan Doklam standoff: 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”.

At a meeting held at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s New Delhi residence on Friday, the government briefed Opposition party leaders on the ongoing stand-off between India and China over Doklam border issue. The meeting comes ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament which could heated exchanges between the Centre and Opposition leaders. The meeting was attended by senior leaders like Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad, SP’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, among others.

The government is believed to have told the Opposition that it is confident of solving the issue through diplomatic channel, a solution which found support from majority of the Opposition leaders except Mulayam Singh, who reportedly, asked the govt to ‘teach China a lesson’.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is also likely to visit China on July 26-27 for the BRICS NSAs meeting. BRICS is an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Earlier, in a meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, PM Modi is likely to have raised the issue during the discussion.

The Doklam stand-off, which began during mid-June, has seen Chinese government spokespersons and their media invoking the 1962 war between both the nations. Last week, the Chinese media resorted to recalling editorials and pictures from five decades ago warning India about the consequences of the war.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, however, on Tuesday, while delivering a lecture organised by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Indian High Commission, said that he had no doubts that India cannot handle the issue, referring to the recent Doklam standoff with China. “Having handled such border issues in past, I see no reason that we will not be able to handle this time,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

The stand-off at Doklam between Indian Army and China’s PLA came to light after the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims were refused entry through Nathu La Pass on Sikkim border. The issue began after India accused China of attempting to construct a road in the Doklam region – a disputed territory located in the Chumbi valley at a tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China. China claims ownership of Doklam region, strategically important for India, China and Bhutan.

India sees it as a dagger pointed towards its so-called ‘chicken’s neck’ sector in the Northeast and rapid Chinese road construction in Tibet could make things difficult for India. At the same time, Sikkim is one of the few sectors where India has an advantage.

In the last one month since the standoff began, there has been an exchange of heated remarks from both the sides. However, both the countries have expressed that they will use official diplomatic channels to reach a solution.

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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jul 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    China set a trap at Donglak to create rift between India and Bhutan. If India withdraw army after talk between the diplomacy level, Bhutan doesn't respect the Indo-Bhutan treaty. If there is fighting between the two armies, China has the legitimacy of the war. Many Kingdom were forced married to India during the Sadarbhallabhai Patel may turn into monster in the 21century. China may explore it strategy options in India one after another. Emotional integrity is the only hope to fight both internal and external enemies.
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      Atis Mitra
      Jul 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm
      Mulayamjee is a wrestler and he shows readiness to fight like a fool
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        Ramesh Nittoor
        Jul 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm
        However, both the countries have expressed that they will use official diplomatic channels to reach a solution. ---- If this assertion is true, it means China has now dropped its precondition. This graceful reality recognition by Chinese planners is a welcome step, it reduces war risk a bit. But as former Defence Minister Shri Mulayam Singhji said, Chinese had betrayed Pandit Nehru and could do it here again. They could well be buying time, since India has tactical advantage on the border, and conflagration risk has to be borne disproportionately by their personnel. Think, hereafter the Indian tactical advantage will continually improve, thereby China would be simply unable to use their sneak and creep tactics anymore, and if they do, shall have to reckon with countermeasures. The suggestion of Yadavji that a policy be implemented to stop such Chinese incursions altogether in near future, is worth pursuing.
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          Ramesh Nittoor
          Jul 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm
          Indian diplomacy has responded in a mature manner with careful consideration, as a weaker military power ought to. For Chinese might, all said and done is far more formidable. If Chinese perceive Indian rise as peaceful and non-inimical to their interests, they will not panic with Indian parti tion in security architecture, as they seem to have done with their media overreaction. Indian capability building is per valid legal paradigm and enhances stability of international law. In this modern world, where the biggest economic segment is service sector, and most of the capital is in form of knowledge capital, India and China being friendly is good for rapid rise of developing nations. Knowledge capital and service sector both thrive when international law is stable.
        2. B
          Jul 15, 2017 at 6:36 pm
          Modi sent AishwARYA Rai, a married woman, to Francois Hollande to clinch the Rafael fighter jet deal. This time he has made a very strategic decision of sending SUNNY LEONE to Beijing. After all Aryans have been surviving on such "technology" ever since they were kicked out of Central Asia and all along their migratory path from there.
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            Girish Rao
            Jul 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm
            your frustration is at its peak get used to it. your dragon frnd is nothing but chkn.
            1. M
              Jul 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm
              You pig. What is wrong in sending Shrimathi Aishwarya Rai JI to Shri Francois Hollande JI? According to Chanakya, brahmins can sacrifice even their mother, sister and daughter to make brahmins survive. Here Shri Modi JI just trying to save Bharat Mata JI.
              1. A
                Jul 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm
                You s destroying the indian iden y, you don't have respect to women and can use even to mother or sister, as you said.......
            2. Y
              Jul 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm
              It is high time Avatar PRRRRRRRsh Modi visits Beijing and TAKES SELFIES.
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                Sankaran Krishnan
                Jul 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm
                It is a good briefing done so far and why not similarly do this exercise to the Countries like USA, UK, Russia, EU, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil etc., and make them understand the position taken by India and Bhutan to sa uard the Border and the ugly way done by China by illegally constructing the Roads at the disputed sites that is not belonged to CHINA and expose them ???
                1. S
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                  Why are we crossing in to other countries to start a war? We need to make friends with our neighbours
                  1. C
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm
                    pa ki get out from here. go and check your country which already invaded by them by throwing money to your Army.
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                    Sunny Leone
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm
                    Peace be with you. Withdraw our troops back home so we can have peace not war. War will destroy us with poverty and suffering for the millions. Ego and self pride and lies will lead us to war and self destruction from all our neighbours waiting to come in
                    1. Y
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm
                      Why withdraw our troops back? That territory belongs to Bhutan, who has signed agreement with India to defend it. India is obligated to defend it. If India doesn't defend it then there will be no respect for India and its commitments. Not only that, this land is very strategically located, and very important for India to keep China out of it.
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