Sikkim standoff: Arun Jaitley hits back at China, says India of 2017 different from 1962

In an oblique reference to the 1962 war, China had warned India that it should learn from "historical lessons" and asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area as a prerequisite for "meaningful dialogue" to resolve the boundary issue.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 30, 2017 10:16 pm
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Amid the ongoing fracas between India and China in the Sikkim sector, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley hit back at Beijing for asking the Indian Army to learn from “historical lessons” and asserted that the India of 2017 is different from what it used to be 55 years ago. “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different,” Jaitley said when asked about China’s warning.

In an oblique reference to the war the two countries had fought in 1962, China had on Thursday warned its neighbour that it should learn from “historical lessons” and asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong (called Doko La by India and Doklam by Bhutan) area as a prerequisite for “meaningful dialogue” to resolve the boundary issue.

The defence minister also blamed China for the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector. He said Bhutan had made it clear that the land in question belonged to it. “Bhutan government had issued a statement yesterday in which it made it clear that the land in question belonged to Bhutan. It is located near India’s land. There is an arrangement between India and Bhutan for giving security,” Jaitley told a local news channel.

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The genesis of the skirmish between both the countries was China’s attempts to construct a road in the strategically key area of Donglong. However, the Indian Army had blocked construction of the road by China in the region, which is a disputed territory between China and Bhutan. Its link to the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction could give China a major military advantage over India.

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Reflecting on the incident, the Ministry of External Affairs earlier in the day said, “India was “deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India”.

According to reports, China had removed an old bunker of the Indian Army in Donglong by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request.

With PTI inputs

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    Amar Garg
    Jul 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm
    #Now China is a Demonist country. There are three rogue counties in the world, PAKISTAN, North Korea and China. The main motive of China is (i) To gain more and more profit. (ii) To expand its territory. IT grabbed south Mon a, Tibet, Hong Kong, Now its eye is on Bhutan and POK. India is strong and wise enough to counter China.
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      Agee Ogee
      Jul 1, 2017 at 10:04 am
      China profile - Economic powerhouse, Regional Bully and neighbourhood land grabber. Best friends in the World - Pakistan and North Korea. Looking to upstage Russia for Bipolar le.
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        Mehemud Alam
        Jul 1, 2017 at 6:14 am
        You poor Indians , only speaks for gallery. Do you have guts to fight China, you can't even handle a tiny Pakistan who day in and day out killing your solders but Indians could do nothing but for the gallery they release some studio video to falsely fool the Indian masses. Then you speak all nonsenses. China is least bothers what you speak , they believe in action ,that's why they are the biggest superpower of future.
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          Ivan
          Jul 1, 2017 at 9:57 am
          Alam why are you not bothered about your 'brothers' in Xinjiang? Why have you ceded vast tracts of territory to the dragon in Aksai Chin?. You Pakistani bu g g e rs make your living by pro st itu ting yourselves to the Arabs, the US and China.
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            Agee Ogee
            Jul 1, 2017 at 10:04 am
            why you always peek into Indian newspapers, build your own home and garden. Stop being a peeping tom and chor hacker - who is bothered about you? Kabhi to apne kaam se matlab rakho. the Worlds pain in the axye
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              Karthik
              Jul 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm
              First, learn to speak and write correct English and then try commenting in English. .
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              Anthony
              Jul 1, 2017 at 5:35 am
              BJP Murderous Regime carrying out Lynching of innocent Muslims and Dalits daily by using its Safron Terrorist Mobs known as Bajrang dal, VHP, Gau Rakshak. These are not ordinary Hindus but all RSS Terrorists disguised as Mobs, Lynching innocents in most barbaric way. Feku is giving Farzi Fake speeches to mislead that he is not supporting the Safron Terror. These are all coordinated attacks involving Bajrang Dal/VHP/Gau Rakshak Terrorists, BJP State Government, BJP Government at Centre and RSS headquarter. Target is selected by RSS headquarter though his information from his AADHAR CARD in the hands of BJP Government at Centre. Mobile Phone of the victims are Taped by BJP Government and when they leave home the Bajrang dal Terrorist in huge numbers wait for their target many kilometers away and even call him by name when he reaches to the point where BAJRANG DAL TERROISTS are waiting. Then Begins the Lyching of innocents. We pray like allied forces stopped s, China must stop BJP/RSS
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                S.Kumar
                Jul 1, 2017 at 5:01 am
                India needs to be brave but careful. And not allow the US to push it into a War with China.
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                  S.Kumar
                  Jul 1, 2017 at 5:08 am
                  According to some even the 1962 war was caused by the US.
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                    Ramesh Nittoor
                    Jul 1, 2017 at 5:48 am
                    Your conspiracy theory is not factual but there is bit of emotional truth in it, that requires discernment. President Kennedy extended nuclear umbrella and my uncle who fought in 1962 China war, used to fly on the borders in airplanes piloted by US officers after ceasefire was declared. But your subconscious assessment that disproportionate deployment increases likelihood of war, hence better avoid. The mandate which PM Modi campaigned in elections was for economic development, not war. China has to be deterred to avoid war, not provoke it this requires not overreacting to Chinese threats, instead resort to credible and effective CBMs, after mutual respect is established.
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                      Ivan
                      Jul 1, 2017 at 6:36 am
                      It works both ways. Trump has apparently violated the 'understanding' he was supposed to have with Xi by agreeing to sell weapons to Taiwan. This is the biggest issue for them since it concerns the legitimacy of the Communist (in name) Party's control of China. Trump's wild style may be just what is needed to keep the Chicoms cornered since there is unpredictability in his method. I don't think the Chinese would want to tangle with India at this time, since India will respond with force. They cannot stand humiliation but they don't want a two front war either. If the PLA's bluff is called the pressure on the Chinese Army to do something precipitous will be irresistable, nonetheless the PLA generals knowing this will not want to get involved. The Chinese Army is smarting from the culling Xi imposed on the armed forces, The army got the short end while the the air-force and navy were promoted. Some complex dynamics are at play here, since the later two are untested forces. Some thoughts.
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                      Ramesh Nittoor
                      Jul 1, 2017 at 5:26 am
                      China has changed status quo here. India provides its own security and takes its own sovereign decisions. As part of a security architecture, the contours of which is not known, US helps in capabilities development, as required by India. Think India has been careful already to create a pull basis for cooperation, they seek and pay for what they need US puts limits to what India can get. Predator drone is recent example. India is getting unarmed drones only. India will have eyes to monitor Chinese naval presence in Indian Ocean but no arms at least not until doubting Thomases like you in US and India trust each other.
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                      Ramesh Nittoor
                      Jul 1, 2017 at 3:59 am
                      Looks like the standoff shall last for a while. China may utilize this opportunity to reassess Indian response and security architecture characteristic their initial assumption has proved to be a miscalculation. To what extent their top leadership owns up the stance of their mid-level officers is not clear. The outcome here depends on this decision. It is unlikely a predetermined central machination is at work from China side, hence refashioning policy, strategic and tactical level responses would take time.
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                        Ramesh Nittoor
                        Jul 1, 2017 at 6:17 am
                        This standoff is in a way helping smoother implementation of GST. The non-payers of taxes shall have a great sense of commitment to pay their dues, knowing the real threats India has to cope with.
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                        rick patel
                        Jul 1, 2017 at 2:45 am
                        We gujjus will beat Chinese people..defeat their army in one week..we have gujju pm modi who is bravest of all pm ever India had..we eat dhokla and fafda. We gujjus rule India.we control each and every business in India we are the best.
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                          S.Kumar
                          Jul 1, 2017 at 5:10 am
                          Don't forget. You are not a gujju.
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                          Ivan
                          Jul 1, 2017 at 2:04 am
                          Cool riposte from Jaitley. Succinct and measured.
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                            Agee Ogee
                            Jul 1, 2017 at 10:07 am
                            Yes, but wasnt he responded to a Chinese Colonel? Had a lot of media brownies though
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