Standoff in Sikkim, China warns India: Correct the errors

Two days ago, China lodged protests with India through diplomatic channels, alleging that Indian border troops had crossed the Sino-Indian boundary in Sikkim and were “obstructing Chinese border troops’ normal activities in Doklam”.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Published:June 28, 2017 10:39 pm
sikkim, china, india china sikkim, Nathu La Pass reopen, sikkim border, narendra modi, donald trump, trump modi meet, Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims, border tension, sikkim border tension, indian express news, india news In New Delhi, PTI quoted official sources saying China has removed an old bunker of the Indian Army located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request.

Tension is mounting on the Sikkim border where Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a standoff. Beijing Wednesdayupped the ante, telling New Delhi to “correct its errors” before it considers reopening the Nathu La Pass for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims. Beijing also described the construction of a border road as “legitimate”, maintaining that it was being built on Chinese territory that does not belong to India or Bhutan and no other country had the right to interfere.

Two days ago, China lodged protests with India through diplomatic channels, alleging that Indian border troops had crossed the Sino-Indian boundary in Sikkim and were “obstructing Chinese border troops’ normal activities in Doklam”. The protest was lodged on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was meeting President Donald Trump at the White House.

In New Delhi, PTI quoted official sources saying China has removed an old bunker of the Indian Army located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim by using a bulldozer after the Indian side refused to accede to its request.

China is believed to have not taken kindly to India building new bunkers and upgrading older ones along the border in Sikkim to augment its defences against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), sources said. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

Read | Tension in Sikkim following scuffle between Sino-Indian troops

Beijing is also upset with New Delhi over the recent visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, the sources said.

The Sikkim government has also sent a report to the central government giving details of the situation along the border following the standoff.

The first batch of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims comprising about 50 people returned from the Nathu La border post as the standoff between India and China continued. The second batch of pilgrims did not move from Gangtok and pilgrims were told to go home as the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage is unlikely to continue this year via Nathu La. The Sikkim route to Mansarovar, which is in Tibet, was thrown open to the public in 2015.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang indicated that the point of friction was in the Donglong (Doklam) region, which he stressed belonged to China indisputably.

“It is reported that the incidents happened at Donglong, (that it) is part of the disputed territory between China and Bhutan. The region is part of China and is indisputable. China’s construction is a legitimate activity. If India wants to raise an issue about it, I would say that it doesn’t belong to India and neither does it belong to Bhutan,” he said.

According to Lu, Indian troops crossed the boundary on the Sikkim side into Chinese territory. “This is different to what was before in India-China boundary. Bhutan is an internationally recognised country and its sovereignty is to be respected. Even if the boundary is delimited, no third party should interfere and make irresponsible comments,” he said.

To a query on whether he inferred that India was interfering in Bhutan, Lu said, “Only Indian side can judge if they are interfering with the internal affairs of Bhutan. If any third party out of hidden agenda interfere, it is disrespect to the sovereignty of Bhutan. We don’t want to see this as Bhutan is a country entitled to sovereignty by the international community.”

On the resumption of pilgrim travel via the Nathu La Pass, Lu said, “Now the suspension of the same is an emergency response to the situation there. I want to stress that the resumption of pilgrims’ pass requires necessary atmosphere and conditions. So the liability of the same totally lies on Indian side and when it will be reopened depends on the when or whether the Indian side will correct its errors.”

An opinion article in state-run Global Times stated that India needed to be be “taught rules” of handling boundary disputes. “China avoids making an issue of border disputes which has indulged India’s unruly provocations. This time the Indian side needs to be taught the rules. India cannot afford a showdown with China on border issues. It lags far behind China in terms of national strength and the so-called strategic support for it from the US is superficial,” the article stated.

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    Rahul Gupta
    Jul 3, 2017 at 8:47 pm
    China needs to decide, whether that wants to trade with India or war with India. The at ude of china will make it alone in world as a country that laughs in front of mirror considering it a superpower. Definitely if china imposes a war to India, the trade door will be closed for china forever. China is not America. America is trying to make relation with whole world and china is creating enemies whether it is south china sea or Indian ocean. Half of India is surrounded by sea. India has enough resources to take care of its 1.25 Billions peoples. Whole world wants to trade with India. India can go further, without trading with china. War cannot stop the India. Even, after war of 1962, India progressed. You cannot stop the ISRO (Indian Space Agency) to launch the Satellite and Rockets to space, by fear of war. You cannot stop the India making Brahmos and Agni missiles (Intercontinental) by fear of war. So "Trade" or "War", Ball is in court of china.
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      Sandeep Dhawan
      Jun 30, 2017 at 10:33 pm
      China is a snake which is going to bite not only neighboring countries but whole world. If we don't get rid of this cancer now whole world is going to suffer in times to come. Economically as well as militarily whole civilised world has to together and take a stand. As individuals we should stop using any Chinese product henceforth. Also lay our historical claim on Kailash Mansarovar.
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        TheIndian
        Jun 29, 2017 at 7:48 pm
        Any kind of adventure with India is neither going to reap any fruit for China nor is it good for the rest of the world. Scratching on the wall would only scratch out the nails. So, better is to restore peace instead of inviting a disaster.
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          Kumar
          Jun 30, 2017 at 2:53 pm
          Your indian, an ugly monkey, is a shamful clown who live in this world. YOUR COUNTRY WAS EN MANY TIMES BY BRITISH IN LAST 200 YEARS. Now, your country is intercoursing with american.
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          Gladiator
          Jun 29, 2017 at 4:22 am
          Deep inside their hearts Indians know they are no match for China. They are playing friends with USA thinking it will protect them during a war. No developed country will ever be an Indian ally. Not even Russia.
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            gary
            Jun 30, 2017 at 1:56 am
            deep inside China knows India is a nuclear power and more developed as compare to India if they will go to war with India its China who is going to lose more bec they have more to lose
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            Fan Zhang
            Jun 29, 2017 at 12:52 am
            I heard that if Indians took a salp in the face, he would then give you the other side to you. Is this the reason why you continue to provoka after the 1962 conflict?
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              Dipyoti
              Jun 29, 2017 at 2:10 am
              LOlz, U chinese monkey should know about 1967 Nathu La pas war where Indian Army had defeated ur ing dog eaters
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                Kumar
                Jun 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm
                Thanks a lot. You should review your ing textbook deeply. Who tell you such story. In 1967, the truth is, over 20 u ing coward gangsters were killed and more than 40 indians were injured in Nathu La pass.
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                Lovely
                Jun 29, 2017 at 3:41 am
                In 1962 luck was with is.Nehru committed some b ers. Do not forget what an did to you.
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                  Lovely
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 3:43 am
                  Dear Fan, do not forget what Jhapan did to you. India lost 62 war because Nehru committed a b er of not using IAF.
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                    Kumar
                    Jun 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm
                    You should be shameful for what your said.
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                  aalok
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 12:23 am
                  Dont you have the guts to write an article on your own? Why do you copy and paste articles of chinese media? Of course chinese state run media will write, what suits them. But why do i think that such articles also suit your agenda!!!
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                    Kumar
                    Jun 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm
                    You just a coward man.
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                    Kunu palai
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                    Kam karte chalo hum pichhe hain
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                      Ramachandra Vinayak Sakhadeo
                      Jun 28, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                      The issue is whether our government has any plan to deal with the international bully that the PRC is fast becoming. The issue also involves our military and financial strengths---whether we can withstand a sub-conventional or a conventional war with the PRC. I wonder if the Govt.of India has started to come to grips with the problem or not.
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