Doklam standoff: At least 53 people, a bulldozer from Indian side still in Chinese territory, claims China

Doklam standoff: In a statement to the state-run publication, the ministry said, "India should withdraw its troops and equipment. Regardless of how many Indian troops have trespassed into and stayed in Chinese territory, they have gravely infringed on China's sovereignty."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 1:13 pm
Doklam, Sikkim, India, China, India China standoff, China India border, Doka la, Doklam standoff, India news Doklam standoff: The Sikkim section has a special historical background and this is the only defined boundary between China and India, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

As the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops continues in the Doklam area of Sikkim sector for the seventh straight week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry told state-run Global Times that at least ’53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in Chinese territory as of Monday’. In a statement to the state-run publication, the ministry said: “India should withdraw its troops and equipment. Regardless of how many Indian troops have trespassed into and stayed in Chinese territory, they have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty.”

Nearly seven weeks into the standoff at Doklam, the Chinese presence in the vicinity at the trijunction with Bhutan has only increased. The Indian Express has learnt that at a distance of around one kilometre from Dolam plateau, north of Doka La post, the Chinese have pitched around 80 tents for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers. The number of Chinese troops in the vicinity is estimated to be less than 800. Besides, 300 soldiers are also deployed at the standoff site, facing at least 350 Indian soldiers who have pitched tents in the area. Also Read: China steps up troop presence at Doklam seven weeks into standoff

Meanwhile, China Daily, in one of its most scathing editorials on Wednesday, warned that ‘the countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun’.  The editorial titled ‘New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time’, suggested that the window to peacefully resolve the standoff in Doklam is closing. “The countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun, and the clock is ticking away the time to what seems to be an inevitable conclusion.”

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for seven weeks now after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. China claimed that they were constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states. Also Read: Nepal won’t take any sides in India-China standoff: Deputy PM Krishna Bahadur Mahara

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

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    Raj
    Aug 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    They won't go until you leave the area, China. It's about time you got the message and stop behaving like a delinquent child.
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      p g
      Aug 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
      There will be many more bull-dozers and people if you do not stop the road construction. Bhutan has clearly said that you have infringed into their terrortary. So stop all accusations.
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        Ramesh Nittoor
        Aug 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm
        As Doklam countdown supposedly begins, if Chinese mouthpiece can be taken for its word, it is bit of a surprise that though senior Congress leaders like Mr. Azad have spoken for a strong response to China threat, the dynastic duo, has failed to make a single observation. Neither have any major western nation including US. It is not clear how dynastic device works, whether the dynasty awaits for cue, or their verbiage is taken as cue by western nations to articulate their stand.This notion may be a conspiracy conjecture, if not, hopefully one of the fallout of this raised temprature with China over Doklam would be to make any such devised intervention into Indian political decision making superfluous.
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          A. M.
          Aug 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          Paid sanghi troll Ramesh, Don't you think that feku is about to start running away from dokalam just like a dog runs away with his tail in between his legs ? Feku thought that at the border, there would be poor unarmed Muslims or Dalits whom his gangs of coward gaurakshaks can maim easily. But he was mistaken this time. I urge the Chinese to take all the bjp bhakts/voters as free slaves to work in your factories and do a great favour on humanity.
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            Ramesh Nittoor
            Aug 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm
            A.M. Think you are a pretty smart guy. What I like about your writing is that it is patently absurd. I seemingly write coherent and rational thoughts, but could be absurd as well!
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            Ramesh Nittoor
            Aug 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm
            Both Hindutva and Dynastic device have constricted Indian polity and skewed her policy formulation. This has impacted economic growth and caused this Chinese vulnerability. The Chinese threat which has emerged from its latent to overt format, can be credibly tackled only if these two debilitating factors are overcome. Given the deeply ingrained characteristic of these two facets in Right and Left polity respectively, the task is most difficult. BJP is trying, and Congress had just begun to articulate its existential crisis, which was unfortunately swiftly muted.
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            bitterhoney
            Aug 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm
            Before China attacks India, India should attack China and teach her an unforgettable lesson.
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              wenwen
              Aug 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm
              中国就在等印度开枪啊,保证打到印度割地投降。
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                A. M.
                Aug 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                Wenwen , do you think people understand what mandarin or gibberish you type here 😂😂😂
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              A. M.
              Aug 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm
              Feku was claiming before 2014 that he would show red red eyes to china and control china. Now feku is running away from dokalam like a dog runs away with his tail in between his legs. Bad luck for feku that at the border, he did not encounter the unarmed poor Dalits or Muslims whom his brave gaurakshaks in hundreds could have lynched by attack a single person in a mob.
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                Ivan
                Aug 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                A.M, you are being unfair to the gau rakshaks. Even as we write RSS scientists have perfected a gaumutra gun. It is claimed that certain victory will ensue, when the half-pants use it in concert with their trishuls. But they have to attack from the back. Frontal attacks are advised only when they outnumber their opponents 30 to 1.
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                  Joe
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                  A. M.> The RSS chaddis are true aryans and they have been drinking gau mutra for years, so they can run faster, fight better and they will surely defeat the chinese. If anything goes wrong then the government priests will launch the bhramashtra to do the job.
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                  A. M.
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                  Dear Chinese, There are crores of Indians who are fed up by the present liars feku/Shah sanghis ruling India. It would be a great service to humanity by the benovelent Chinese army if you can relieve the crores of people (Dalits, Muslims, Christians, seculars, leftists, patels, Marathas, jatts , northeastern states, kashmiris) from the abuse of bhakts, cacaphonous bjp spokesperson and sanghi liars. Kindly take all the bhakts, sanghi goons and bjp voters with you to china to make them work in your factories. You would be more than welcome when you come to india- as Chinese would still be better than the current sanghi monkeys ruling India.
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                    A. M.
                    Aug 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                    Dear Chinese, There are crores of Indians who are fed up by the present liars feku/Shah sanghis ruling India. It would be a great service to humanity by the benovelent Chinese army if you can relieve the crores of people (Dalits, Muslims, Christians, seculars, leftists, patels, Marathas, jatts , northeastern states, kashmiris) from the abuse of bhakts, cacaphonous bjp spokesperson and sanghi liars. Kindly take all the bhakts, sanghi goons and bjp voters with you to china to make them work in your factories. You would be more than welcome when you come to india- as Chinese would still be better than the current sanghi monkeys ruling India.
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                      Post
                      Aug 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                      “India Economic Times”2017.7.16 reported: China is India's first largest trading partner, but India is only China's 20th largest trading partner (Note: Iran is China's 19th largest trading partner, more than India),2016 total import and export trade: China is 3.7 trillion US dollars(first on the world), India is 0.51 trillionUS dollars,too small India,hahaha
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