Doklam standoff: China tells India to withdraw troops, rejects Rajnath’s hope for early solution

Doklam standoff: China, however, kept up its propaganda onslaught on India by reiterating its accusation that Indian troops 'illegally crossed the boundary'

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 22, 2017 8:21 pm
Doklam, India, China, Sikkim, Bhutan, China india relations, india china relations, India china border 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

China on Tuesday said the only way to end the Doklam standoff in Sikkim sector was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the area. Beijing’s response comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed hope that China would soon make a “positive” move in this regard. Rajnath Singh had on Monday hoped that a solution to the Doklam standoff would be found soon and said India never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist behaviour. In a speech, he had also expressed hope that China will undertake a positive initiative to resolve the standoff. Also Read: Ladakh scuffle: The importance of Pangong Tso

China, however, kept up its propaganda onslaught on India by reiterating its accusation that Indian troops ‘illegally crossed the boundary’. Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, called India’s reasons to stop Chinese road building in Doklam area as ‘ridiculous’. In a statement to the media, Hua said: “So the only prerequisite and condition of this incident is unconditional withdrawal of the Indian troops and equipment.” Also Read: Hopeful China will initiate dialogue soon, says Rajnath Singh

Hua also criticised India, saying New Delhi’s move at Doklam has a negative impact in the eyes of the Chinese people. India should match its words with deeds, Hua said while calling for unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops and equipment.

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a stand-off in the Doklam 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 Doklam 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.

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 Doklam, 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. China also claims that Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over Doklam.

Over the last two months, the Chinese media has vigorously protested the Indian resistance to its attempt to transform the character of the territory in Doklam. In August alone, some 125 articles have been written on the Indian “trespass”, “hijacking a small neighbour”, and a so-called Bhutanese acknowledgement to China that Doklam actually belongs to China.

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    Daniel
    Aug 25, 2017 at 7:00 am
    You guys are naive. How can people do the talking with the person with weapon on hand in the house? Nonsense. For the intruder, there is only fight, no talk.
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      Modi
      Aug 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm
      War is money fight,India will be defeated no doubt,Analysis is as follows: The war in Iraq, The U.S. spent 3 trillion dollar(converted to the current price),cost 30 billion dollar per day on average, include:weapons and ammunition, oil and other supplies,transportation and warehousing, medical and surgical fee,s-a-l-aries of soldiers and subsidy of death and disability... etc., Even if the War between China and India,Scale only one-third of Iraq war,At least cost 10 billion dollar per day, so the Indian official also said that India ammunition support only 10 days, China can support 100 days,because China's actual military spending is 5 times that for India, In addition China's weapons and ammunition can do 100 percent self-produced, however Indian arms and ammunition are 90 percent imported,Once India expended all weapons and ammunition , leaving more soldiers are useless, only equivalent the prey of no weapons,In addition,the number of Chinese troops is 1.8 times that of India.
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        Modi
        Aug 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm
        War is money fight,India will be defeated no doubt,Analysis is as follows: The war in Iraq, The U.S. spent 3 trillion dollar(converted to the current price),cost 30 billion dollar per day on average, include:weapons and ammunition, oil and other supplies,transportation and warehousing, medical and surgical fee,s-a-l-aries of soldiers and subsidy of death and disability... etc., Even if the War between China and India,Scale only one-third of Iraq war,At least cost 10 billion dollar per day, so the Indian official also said that India ammunition support only 10 days, China can support 100 days,because China's actual military spending is 5 times that for India, In addition China's weapons and ammunition can do 100 percent self-produced, however Indian arms and ammunition are 90 percent imported,Once India expended all weapons and ammunition , leaving more soldiers are useless, only equivalent the prey of no weapons,In addition,the number of Chinese troops is 1.8 times that of India.
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          ramesh ahuja
          Aug 24, 2017 at 10:01 am
          China is worst than dog why???
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            Modi
            Aug 23, 2017 at 11:32 am
            China fight India like the boxing champion to fight disabled men, China has 2.3 million troops exceed 1.8 times India, China's military spending is 4 times that of India, In 1945 the Chinese Army to defeat the Japanese 6 million troops,in 1949 to defeat the Chinese Kuomintang 8 million Army, In 1952 the Korean War,China dispatched 3200 thousand troops, defeating the 16 countries combined total 1200 thousand troops (including the USA military 480 thousand) , In 1962 defeated India's 80,000 troops,in 1967 defeated the Indian army again, In 1969 China despatch 1 million troops and nuclear missile forces (in 1964 China exploded the first nuclear bomb) ,in the China with Soviet Union border,defeated the Soviet army (Treasure Island battle, the result is the Treasure island cession to China), 1979 defeat Vietnam's 500,000 troops (destroyed 1.08 million rooms, destroyed 10,000 factories, Vietnam's economic stagnation for 30 years), in 1988 again defeated the Vietnam's army (South China Sea)
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