India cautions China against changing status quo unilaterally

India cautions China against changing status quo unilaterally

India cautions China against changing status quo unilaterally

Sending a strong message to China after its threat that New Delhi should not forget the historical lessons of the 1962 war, Mr Jaitley said, "If they are trying to remind us...the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different".

India on Friday said it has told China that the building of a road by Chinese troops in a border region will have "serious security implications for India" and urged Beijing "not to change the status quo unilaterally".

The Chinese foreign ministry's criticism of India as a "third party", which is interfering and "disrespecting the sovereignty of Bhutan", demonstrates how peeved Beijing is at New Delhi's assertiveness to defend the rights of its small, lightly-armed neighbour sandwiched between China and India.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) spokesperson had earlier warned India that it would escalate the border tussle if Indian troops did not withdraw from "Chinese territory" and that India should not "clamour for war".

General Bipin Rawat arrived in Gangtok, the capital of the tiny Himalayan state, before heading off to visit troop formations.

China also brushed aside Bhutan's protest against Beijing building a road towards a Bhutanese Army camp in Zomplri area of Doklam or Donglong, calling the construction "just and lawful" and in Chinese territory. Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of this understanding.

Reacting to the first Indian statement on the ongoing border stand-off, the Chinese government reiterated its demand that India should call off its troops from the area.

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In another development connected to the standoff, the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, which takes the new Nathu La route, stands cancelled after China blocked the route.

"The agreements also state that the two sides will refrain from taking unilateral action, or use of force, to change the status quo of the boundary", it stated.

"Donglong has been Chinese territory since ancient time. In addition from jurisprudential evidence the historical convention in 1890 has clearly defined Gipmochi snow mountain as the crossing point of China Bhutan India boundary". Bhutan, he added, had made it clear that the land in question belonged to it.

The Ministry said it is also important that the consensus reached between the two countries through the Special representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides. On June 16, 2017 the PLA entered the Doklam area in Bhutan with earthmovers and construction machines and attempted to construct a road which could give China a major military advantage over India.

Lu disclosed a few pictures showing the trespass of the Indian border troops at the Sikkim section.

The government has conveyed China, both on the ground and through diplomatic channel, the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the agreements.

Beijing is particularly furious at India's intercession on Bhutan's behalf.

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