Doklam Standoff: Neither China, Nor India Want Conflict or War

Doklam Standoff: Neither China, Nor India Want Conflict or War

Doklam Standoff: Neither China, Nor India Want Conflict or War

In a fresh salvo, an article in the Global Times has said that China will not let the Doklam standoff go on for too long and could take up a small military operation to oust the Indian soldiers from the region within two weeks.

China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" violated a 2012 India-China pact which says the boundary would be decided by consulting all the concerned parties.

The stand-off emerged after Chinese troops were stopped by the Indian Army from constructing roads along the Doklam border.

It also urged Modi government to stop lying to its people that "India in 2017 is different from India in 1962", adding that "the gap in national strength between the two countries is the largest in the past 50 years".

The Indian government has asked political parties to refrain from politicising the issue and allow diplomacy to work.

According to Srikanth Kondapalli, a professor of Chinese Studies at the Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University, China's move to convey to New Delhi that the special representatives have no role to discuss the Doklam standoff is aimed at buttressing its demand that India move back its troops from the plateau before Beijing agrees to any talks with India on the subject.

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The article said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can easily and effectively destroy Indian troops at Doklam.

On Friday, China Central Television broadcast video it said showed an army unit in an unidentified part of Tibet carrying out live-fire firing exercises in the past few days.

To a question on whether Bhutan had sought India's help in the first place, the spokesperson referred to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry on June 30 and said: "We mentioned very clearly that in keeping with the tradition of maintaining close consultations in matters of mutual interest, Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of India have been in continuous contact through the unfolding of these developments". We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation. It said that the Modi-government should be aware of China's military power and should not put India in a situation where has no choice but to "annihilate all Indian troops in the border region".

Explaining why China has not yet resorted to war, the editorial said, "So why hasn't the PLA started?"

"India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences". The China-India boundary in the Sikkim Sector as delimited by the 1890 Convention has been continuously valid and repeatedly reaffirmed by both the Chinese and Indian sides.

The document says that as of the end of July, more than 40 Indian border troops remained, down from more than 270 with weapons and two bulldozers who advanced more than 100 meters (yards) into Chinese territory on June 16.

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