“We have been consistently saying that there should be a meaningful engagement and a dialogue to end the standoff as early as possible. Today it has come to an end. It reflects maturity of both countries," CPI leader D Raja said
Some people say that Bhutan is an Indian ‘protectorate,’ which is not only an inaccurate assessment, but shows a lack of understanding of the increasingly complex and diversified nature of the relationship between the two countries.
S Jaishankar also told the panel that India had clearly outlined its position on the border and Chinese have their own position, but they are misinterpreting it so India was trying to clarify it. He also added that India was continuing to stick to its stand that it had first taken in 1985 as as per an Anglo-Chinese agreement.
China has blamed India for hampering the construction and also accused Indian soldiers of trespassing in the area, which is also claimed by Bhutan. New Delhi, on its part, fears that if the construction is allowed, the Chinese troops may cut India's access to the north eastern states and could also have serious security implications for the country.
General Zhao Zongqi, commander of the Chinese Western Theatre Command, who is responsible for the Indian border, was on a three-day visit to India from December 8 to 10 last year, where he had met the then Army chief, General Dalbir Singh.
Since the standoff on June 6, when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) destroyed bunkers of the India Army claiming the area belonged to China, Chinese media have carried several pieces warning India for escalating border tension and "reminding" the Indian Army about the 1962 war.
"I would like the Indian side to respect the 1890 treaty immediately and pull back the border troops which have crossed into Chinese territory back to the Indian side of the boundary. China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty," Geng Shuang warned.
A Chinese foreign ministry statement reads: The Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China and obstructed normal activities of the Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently.