Sikkim standoff: India has handled border issues in past, not the first time, says Foreign secy Jaishankar

Sikkim standoff: Jaishankar also said Indo-China relations are a factor of stability especially at a time of global uncertainty. But Jaishankar also struck a cautionary note on China's instrumental rise.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2017 12:18 pm
Sikkim, Bhutan, Doka la, India, China, India China relations, India China sikkim, S Jaishankar, China India sikkim, India China border Sikkim standoff: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said in this changing landscape, few would dispute that evolving India-China relationship has a direct implication for ASEAN, globally.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed confidence in India’s handling of the situation in Doklam plateau with China saying it has handled such border issues in the past. Speaking at a lecture organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Indian High Commission, Jaishankar was quoted by PTI as saying: “Having handled such border issues in past, I see no reason that we will not be able to handle this time.”

Jaishankar also highlighted the importance of India-China relations within ASEAN as he sought to play up the two countries’ bilateral relationship for broader regional engagement. “In this changing landscape, few would dispute that evolving India-China relationship has a direct implication for ASEAN, globally. It is not only India and China that have stakes in each other, world and especially the ASEAN has vested interest in this matter. In their relationship, India and China must not allow differences to become disputes,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. Also Read: Sikkim standoff: Congress denies Rahul Gandhi meeting with Chinese envoy, then confirms it

He also said Indo-China relations are a factor of stability especially at a time of global uncertainty. But Jaishankar also struck a cautionary note on China’s instrumental rise: “China’s dramatic rise has repercussions that are still being evaluated, perhaps by China itself.”

Meanwhile, as the month-long impasse between India and China over Doklam continues, China had alleged earlier last week that India is including the tri-junction with Bhutan in Sikkim standoff for ‘ulterior motives’, while adding that adding that New Delhi’s acceptance of the 1890 Sino-British treaty on the boundaries in the area should not change with the passage of time.

On Monday, in response of MEA’s tweet saying the two leaders of India and China had a conversation on a ‘range of issues’, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “As for the range of questions… I think we are most concerned about the illegal cross-border problems by Indian troops. The troops should withdraw immediately to the Indian side of the Sino-Indian border… This is the prerequisite and basis for any meaningful dialogue between the parties.”

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for over three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. 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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    Kushal Kumar
    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:02 am
    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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    Asish
    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Before you think of China look at Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, what have these chinese done to him, left him in a miserable situation with Liver Cancer while he could have travelled to US or Europe. This is what China and Communism does to you. Read Solzhenitsyn to find out why Democracy is important, why it is worth more than our own imaginations. Why single handled Count Montesque has been amongst the most brilliant thinker of France. China has given nothing but pain to everyone, its own people, its neighbours, its trading partners everybody.
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    vihari naidu
    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    China is the new imperialist on global arena. It bullied its neighbors in South China Sea and occupied the crucial sea lanes used for trading. Now it tried to bully Bhutan. I heard that Bhutanese soldiers were manhandled by Chinese troops who were carrying out the construction activity.
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    Ramesh Nittoor
    Jul 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    There is hardly any scope for dialogue and diplomacy with this Chinese stand, their diplomats have taken a backseat and Red Army hardliners have taken over the dialogue process. This requires deterrence, and a credible one to tackle them. Hopefully Pakistan is watching and figures the long term consequence to itself in this non-Gandhian mode of nation to nation relationship, and chooses her future options wisely. This externalzing of inner tensions within China has to be borne by India as there may not be much scope to manovure in S China Sea for them without risking real consequences. Chinese like to win without waging wart, they know no sensible general will resist to lose, outthinking them is not possible without real capabilities on the ground.
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    Seb
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    India least bothered of China´s ambitions. India stands for securing ist Union states of Sikkim and Bhutan in accordance with the Sikkim-Treaty in 1950 subsequently joined to Indian Union in 1975. In case of China do any Infiltration/attacks into These Indian Union States India will rebuff at any cost.
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    M. Chandrasekaran
    Jul 11, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    What language do the people speak in areas claimed by China. China must vacate lands illegally encroached by it. Dirty country and rougues
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    sarit
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    India should look for cutting off strategic links of Chinese territory. asia.nikkei /Viewpoints/Brahma-Chellaney/China-s-Bhutan-land-grab-aims-at-bigger-target
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    Upendra Gautam
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    Mr. Secretary has tried utmost to make a balanced statement on current China-India border situation. But the problem of this statement is: does it help solve the situation? To have experience of similar situation is one thing, but to have a willingness and ability to solve it is another thing. What China has been always emphasizing on the current situation is such situation on the border in Sikkim front never arose before.
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