Indian government sources, who analysed the white paper, said it also tries to play down heavy military expenditure, saying that China is spending less on defence budgets in terms of GDP in comparison to India, US and other countries.
While the government has categorically denied that there is any direct threat presently from Chinese troops, the Standing committee on External Affairs has said that it is always better to have a sense of “healthy scepticism” while dealing with China.
On August 28, 2017, after a 73-day face-off in Doklam, India and China announced disengagement of border personnel from the site. A year on, a look at the face-off, its resolution, and what has happened since.
In an oblique reference to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he said those criticising the government over the issue "clearly prove over and over again that they have no knowledge, no understanding, no IQ sense of what governance is all about".
The military faceoff at Doklam between India and China started on June 16, 2017, when a Chinese road construction party tried to build a road in the Doklam region and was stopped by Indian troops from Doka La.
In their talks, PM Modi and Tshering Tobgay are also expected to deliberate on the situation at the Doklam tri-junction, the site of the 73-day-long standoff between Indian and Chinese armies last year.
"The boundary incident that happened (at Doklam) last year someway reflected lack of mutual trust between the two countries," Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou told the media when asked about the Doklam standoff.
Replying to the no-confidence motion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that when it came to Doklam, the Congress was all over the place when asked about meeting Chinese officials. And on surgical strikes, he said, the party's comments were childish.
The Indian Express has learnt that China has conveyed to foreign diplomats in Beijing that troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been waiting patiently at the plateau Doklam. China claims the Bhutanese land at the trijunction with India and calls it Donglong. China also added that it will not wait for an indefinite […]