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Our Doklam construction legitimate: China

China’s reaction came amid reports that it was building a huge military complex close to the site of the Doklam standoff with India.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: January 20, 2018 7:30 am
Doklam standoff, army on doklam, indian army, Doklam disengagement, Sikkim impasse, India China soldiers in Doklam, India news, Indian Express In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said India and China have established mechanisms which they use to resolve any “misunderstanding”, adding that it was keeping a “constant vigil” on the situation in Doklam.

China on Friday justified its massive construction activities in the Doklam area and asked India not to comment on its “legitimate” infrastructure development in its sovereign territory. China’s reaction came amid reports that it was building a huge military complex close to the site of the Doklam standoff with India.

Asked about reports citing satellite imagery of a Chinese military complex in the area, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “I have also noted the relevant report. I don’t know who offered such kind of photos.” But he said he did not have detailed information on it.

The reports raised concerns that China may be preparing for another standoff with India. Lu, however, said: “China’s position on the Donglong (Doklam) area is quite clear. Donglong always belonged to China and (was) always under China’s effective jurisdiction.

There is no dispute in this regard,” he said, asserting Chinese sovereignty over the area which is also claimed by Bhutan. “It is legitimate and justified. Just as China will not make comments on India’s construction of infrastructure in India’s territory, we hope other countries will not make comments on China’s construction of infrastructure in its own territory,” he said.

He said China is building infrastructure for its troops and the people living in the area. “In order to patrol the border and improve the production and lives of border troops and residents, China has constructed infrastructure including roads in the Donglong (Doklam) area,” Lu said. He said China was exercising sovereignty in its own territory.

Asked about concerns that China is preparing for a second standoff at Doklam area, he said Indian troops’ intervention to stop construction of a key road close to the ‘Chicken’s Neck’ corridor of India, has put bilateral ties to severe test. Last year, Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a standoff for over two months in the Doklam area near Sikkim, before “disengaging” on August 28.

In an apparent reference to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s recent remarks that Doklam is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan, Lu said: “The Indian senior military officer has recognised that it was the Indian border troops who crossed the border… This incident has put bilateral relations to… severe test. We hope the Indian side can learn lessons from this and avoid the incident from happening again.”

Recalling the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Xiamen in September, Lu said, “Actually, during the summit, the two leaders reached some consensus on improving bilateral relations and charting the course for future development… We hope relevant parties can earnestly follow through on the consensus reached by the two leaders, move in the same direction, jointly uphold the peace and stability of the border areas and stay committed for the comprehensive development of bilateral relations.”

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said India and China have established mechanisms which they use to resolve any “misunderstanding”, adding that it was keeping a “constant vigil” on the situation in Doklam.

Responding to questions on reports of Chinese military build-up in the area, MEA’s official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar referred to the ministry’s statement on Thursday that “the status quo at the faceoff site has not been altered… any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and mischievous.”

“We are of course keeping a constant vigil on developments which have a bearing on India’s national security and taking all necessary steps to safeguard it. The two sides do have, and have used established mechanisms to resolve any misunderstanding,” said Kumar.

(With inputs from Express News Service in New Delhi)

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  1. Ka L
    Jan 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm
    On UN environmental grounds, we cannot allow chinese construction to take place...until the ugly air pollution is no more in Beijing (Peking) ... Japan already experiences Chinese smog entering it's clean air zones. This is internationally, UNFAIR.
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    1. Ka L
      Jan 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm
      Doorlong, should become a tourist place. A three country tourist centre. Open Doors.
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        Om Prakash Sharma
        Jan 21, 2018 at 9:21 am
        Chinese claims the entire world
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        1. Srinivas Devadiga
          Jan 20, 2018 at 10:22 am
          Tibet occupied territory and where contraction work is going that part is not belong to China. China can make big statement on for Our Army Generals statement, but India can't make issue on illegal contraction. China thinking that is only nation in the world very smart and other nations are fools. China's communist govt. not allowing to speak its citizens against the Govt.and any one dare to speak they are sentenced to life in jail as a criminals, and people are spending their life as a slaves in their own nation under the communists dictators rule.
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          1. Kushal Kumar
            Jan 20, 2018 at 8:14 am
            News reports on 17 January 2018 have said that China has or is constructing 10km military complex in Doklam area in Tibet on India-China border. This spot was some months back from now in 2017 a cause of grave concern for India. Readers are by now aware of this Vedic astrology writer’s related alert of concern in article - “ Astrologically speaking , some highlights for India in coming year 2018” - published last year at theindiapost on 19 October , 2017. The related text of the alert for India in 2018 , more for July-August, in the article reads as : -“ Borders may not be silent. China could deliver a surprise at some strategic location or locations. Continue watch at Doklam”. It may thus be observed that the said alert has been meaningful. (Incidentally , the theindiapost was understood passing through renovation
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            1. Ka L
              Jan 21, 2018 at 9:04 pm
              Speaking about astrology, I read 2018 will be good... But India needs to becareful on 2019 and 2020. Jan 2020 is highly concerning as many nations are doing a war prep, or been influenced to do so. The good news is, 2021 India will shine again.
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