China ups war of words with India over Dong La, claims 'betrayal'

Jonathan Hernandez
July 5, 2017

At a time when New Delhi is vigilant of Beijing's slightest of moves amid the two neighbours' longest border standoff, China has again reacted aggressively, this time in the Indian Ocean.

Chinese troops have also removed two Indian bunkers using a bulldozer, said sources that refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Adopting a shriller tone in demanding the pullback of Indian forces, from the Doklam area, where there has been a military standoff, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused New Delhi of virtually manipulating Bhutan to "distort facts", and engineering a "cover-up" for the "illegal entry" of its forces in its territory.

Bhutan issued a demarche to China over the construction of the road towards its Army camp. Successive Indian governments have also endorsed this, ” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told newsmen in Beijing.

India seconds Bhutan as the ownership of Doklam is yet to be decided.

"The Bhutan side does not know previously that the Indian troops entered into the Doklam area, which is not in line with what is claimed by the Indian side", Geng said.

"India can not encroach upon the territory of other countries on the ground of its "security concerns". China put forth the condition of withdrawal of Indian troops from Doka La - the actual site of conflict - for a meaningful dialogue over the matter.

Chinese media have cited many experts who all have ridiculed India's military threat. Bhutan co-operates closely with India in determining its foreign policy, and the Indian Army is involved in the training of its armed forces.

The Global Times write-up said India chalked out its moves ahead of Modi's usa visit to impress Tump and the U.S. administration, the report said.

Minister of Defense, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley stated, "If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and the India of 2017 is different".

He said the convention explicitly determined the borderline between the two countries and for a long time, both sides had been exercising the jurisdiction according to this stipulation. China calls the area its own, a claim which Bhutan contests.

The Army Chief was in Gangtok last Thursday in the wake of a stand-off between Indian troops and Chinese army.

"The Chinese side has been stressing that Doklam belongs to China".

Though not a part of Indian territory, the plateau holds vast strategic importance for Delhi and is vital to its geopolitical interests.

In the same way an increasingly muscular China - without firing a single shot - has waged stealth wars to change the status quo in the South and East China seas, it has been making furtive encroachments across its Himalayan frontiers with the intent to expand its control meter by meter, kilometer by kilometer.

India boycotted the BRF after sovereignty concerns over the $50-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). India must start to question China's purportedly historical claim to Tibet itself. Xinhua has also reported that the two neighboring countries came to an agreement in 2012 about the Sikkim border. It is under the effective jurisdiction of China and it is without any dispute.

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