Doklam stand-off: No room for negotiations, border line is bottom line, says China’s mouthpiece

In a commentary, China’s official press agency, Xinhua, which works directly under the state council, reiterated that the “border line was the bottom line” for Beijing. This is not the first time this particular phrase has been used by China’s state media in articles, opinions and interviews with experts.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: July 16, 2017 10:11 am
sikkim standoff, dokalam standoff, india-china standoff, MEA, india-china-bhutan, india news, indian express The current stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops is considered the longest in almost three decades.

Days after the Ministry of External Affairs said that diplomatic channels were “being used” to defuse the stand-off with China in Doklam in the Sikkim region, Chinese state media indicated on Saturday that there was “no room for negotiations” and withdrawal of Indian troops was the pre-condition for any diplomatic solution.

In a commentary, China’s official press agency, Xinhua, which works directly under the state council, reiterated that the “border line was the bottom line” for Beijing. This is not the first time this particular phrase has been used by China’s state media in articles, opinions and interviews with experts. It was used by Xinhua and Communist Party of China-run People’s Daily in editorials last week.

“India has repeatedly ignored China’s call for pulling its border-crossing troops from Doklam area back to its own territory. However, turning a deaf ear to China will but worsen the month-long stand-off and put itself further into embarrassment,” said the article.

“India should not regard the existing situation as the same as or even similar to the previous two stand-offs in 2013 and 2014 near Ladakh, a disputed area between China, Pakistan and India in southeastern Kashmir. Diplomatic efforts led the troops frictions there to a well-arranged end. But this time it is a totally different case,” it said.

The current stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops is considered the longest in almost three decades. It began on June 18, after Beijing said New Delhi had violated border agreements after Indian troops allegedly entered Doklam and stopped the Chinese Army from constructing a road. India maintained that the boundary is yet to be settled and asked China “to desist from changing the status quo”, referring to the road construction.

According to Xinhua, the June 18 incident marked the first time India crossed the only “determined border between the two Asian countries”. “Many arguments and protests from China have failed to bring India back to reason. India has to know illegal stay of its troops in Doklam will by no means force a fait accompli there, and that it has to change its mind before things go even worse,” said Xinhua.

The article, however, took note of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s recent remarks as a positive sign. “As an old Chinese saying goes, peace is most precious. It has been noticed that Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently has made positive remarks in Singapore, saying that ‘India and China should not let differences become disputes’. What China would like to see more are corresponding actions taken by India,” it said.

Xinhua also mentioned “anti-China” sentiments in India. “In recent years, some Indian civil groups, tinted with intense nationalism, have been constantly stirring up anti-China sentiments, even clamouring to boycott ‘the commodities of hostile countries’ at a time when the situation on China-Indian boundary intensified,” said the article.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Jul 16, 2017 at 10:15 pm
    All these comments says India can defeat China. Let us wait and see who will be winner. My comment is both will loose but China will recover very fast.
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      Mohan Tvm
      Jul 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm
      India and China of 2017 is different from 1962. Both countries have progressed a lot economically and militarily. But India is different in one significant aspect, that we have abandoned Panchasheela. Given the fact that Chinese army was beaten squarely by the Vietnamese in 1979, there is nothing the Dragon can do to bully India in 2017
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        Kushal Kumar
        Jul 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm
        This Vedic astrology writer's alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for India during year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads like this : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA". The place of India was indicated to be northern part like Leh Ladakh, which has come out to be somewhat indicative. This was with specific context of India only. Similar major worrisome concerns in the global context were expressed in this writer's article of 16 May 2017 - " Is World War III round the corner ?" - published in the Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida.
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          Anil Narula
          Jul 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm
          Dont worry China is a dog which can bark not bite. Dear Indian express give some Chinese govt response not what the media is saying and learn something from Chinese media they are Patriots and you Indian media are hypocrites and highly unpatriotic..
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            Mohan Tvm
            Jul 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm
            We can beat China militarily. The Only thing to worry is getting the International support for our fight and avoiding the use of nuclear ICBMs by both countries
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            Isaiahdolan
            Jul 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm
            China is clearly on a muscle-flexing diplomacy binge. They lay claim to reefs and call them islands. They ignore international courts and continue to grab whatever they can while smiling and showing state-sponsored pictures of pandas! They are trying to buy Australia and the Philippines through strategic investments. India - be very wary of wolves in sheeps clothing.
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              Mohan Tvm
              Jul 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm
              What China is doing is Muscle Flexing. It is bullying Taiwan, Japan by displaying its armory. It is fleeces other vulnerable nations through its LOAN SHARKS and infrastructure projects
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              ashish Bhatt
              Jul 16, 2017 at 1:38 pm
              Why are Indian News Papers reporting what Chinese media are saying. Instead why don't we let them know what the official Indian stance on this matter is? does indian express ever written anything on this and if yes, does the Chinese media report what Indian media is propagating? I fail to understand why we are giving so much importance to what Chinese media has to say..
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                wangjingpk
                Jul 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm
                seems you are very bad man?I dont understand why we across the boarder first? are we mad?
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                annalyser2017
                Jul 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm
                It seems that China becoming stronger on their views, that India should remove out their forces from Doklam before start any negotiation. They are now giving the warning to act the India before any thing goes worst, which is the indication of their planning in this matter. Let the Nation be prepared of all effects, but till now their is half hearted in unnecessary entering in the other's area, hardly less than company is there in this difficult place, which is very easy for them to puss out. It is not the time to make miss calculations and only speaking hatred.
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                  Idrees
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                  Mohammad Dar is a fake name coming out of a mind which is not well versed with Muslims
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                    chitta
                    Jul 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm
                    Mohammed dar real name is Rahul Ga ndhi.
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