Doklam standoff: China warns India of military operation within 2 weeks

Doklam standoff: China warns India of military operation within 2 weeks

Doklam standoff: China warns India of military operation within 2 weeks

India and China have been locked in a prolonged standoff in the area in the Sikkim sector since June 16 after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

While China continues to raise the ante over the Doklam standoff, India says it will engage with Beijing diplomatically to resolve the border standoff and that war is not a solution.

The Special Representatives of India and China in 2003 started negotiations to resolve the long-pending boundary dispute between the two nations.

China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling "genuinely troubling".

On Friday, facing several questions on the issue from journalists, the MEA added that its refusal to comment on charges made by the Chinese government over the past few days of a "transgression by Indian troops", didn't signify that it was unprepared for an escalation in tensions.

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.

The paper said the People's Liberation Army had been moving for the last one month.

Early in June, according to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China's Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on the plateau.

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Desai was also asked separately and directly whether the United States would stand with India in case a war does break out between the two nuclear-armed Asian countries.

With India, the USA and China forming a "very combustible mixture right now", the fate of the ongoing Doklam standoff would largely depend upon events in the South China Sea, noted commentator on worldwide affairs, Meghnad Desai has said. "China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests", the Foreign Ministry said.

"It is a war with an obvious result", the editorial pronounced.

He further said that the United States, would support India in the war.

India on Wednesday had reiterated that peace and tranquility along Indo-China border is an important prerequisite for smooth development of bilateral relations between the New Delhi and Beijing.

China's Foreign Ministry has accused India of building up troops and repairing roads at a military stand-off alongside its border in the Himalayan region.

"We want to give peace a chance and allow India to recognize the grave consequences". Indian troops stationed in Bhutan under a special security arrangement then intervened to keep Chinese troops at bay, triggering the face-off.

"There are still 48 Indian troops and one bulldozer illegally staying in the Chinese territory more than one and a half months after the outbreak of the incident", the Chinese diplomat said.

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