China accuses India of building up troops at border stand-off

China accuses India of building up troops at border stand-off

China accuses India of building up troops at border stand-off

She had earlier said that there would be peace talks only when both sides would remove their armies. Sikkim became an Indian State in 1975 and China indirectly recognized India's control over Sikkim in 2003, upon agreement that India accept Tibet as part of China. "We will keep patience to resolve the issue", Swaraj said, adding "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute". But that could be tough.

China will take all necessary measures to protect its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.

Beijing has alleged that India's intrusion into its territory under the pretext of defending Bhutan's territorial claims, has not only violated Beijing's territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence. The comments from the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on Thursday were the most blunt. "And any shooting that begins on the border could even expand into other domains like cyber- or naval warfare". Talks are happening behind the scenes, but with little apparent progress.

Experts in India say that by building the road, China may be able to gain access to a narrow strip of Indian land known as the Siliguri Corridor or Chicken's Neck.

A Foreign Ministry photo released on Wednesday shows Indian troops encroaching on Chinese territory.

Three photos were attached to the statement, showing the illegal trespass of Indian troops.

Zhao Xiaozhuo, a researcher at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said India "should not mistake restraint for weakness", as China's restraint doesn't mean it will accept a violation of its territory.

The non-paper had proposed that "both sides may, based on the above mentioned historical treaty i.e. 1890 Convention, verify and determine the specific alignment of the Sikkim sector and produce a common record".

On several occasions, the spokesman of China has warned India directly or indirectly that China would not hesitate to deploy it's army and use force to settle the Doklam row.

But he is also gearing up for a key party congress later this year, at which he is expected to further consolidate his grip on power - making him unwilling to appear weak by backing down in the current dispute, said politics professor Yvonne Chiu, who researches China's military at Hong Kong University.

Given this scenario, New Delhi should prepare for the long haul in Doklam and wait things out.

She insisted that India will handle the circumstances with patience, restraint and diplomacy. Acknowledging china's contribution to India's economic growth, she said, "China has contributed to our growing economic strength". In this case, the third country is Bhutan and what bolsters the Indian argument is that Bhutan lodged a diplomatic protest with China. "The gloves could come off after the summit though". China cherishes the decade-long peace on the border and wishes not to break it. Provocative statements are generally not issued by envoys or ambassadors.

"Nobody wants to get caught in the middle of this", the diplomat said, pointing to the prospect for the border tensions worsening and becoming a wider Asian security issue dragging in other countries.

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