Pull back all troops to end stand-off, China tells India

Katrina Barker
August 3, 2017

The Ambassador of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) has publicly stated that it lodged a protest with the Chinese Government through their Embassy in New Delhi on June 20, " the MEA statement had said.It also pointed out that the Foreign Ministry of Bhutan had issued a statement underlining that the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory was a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between these two countries.

Almost 50 days into the border stand-off at Doklam, China claimed on Wednesday that the number of Indian soldiers at the site, east of Sikkim, has come down from over 400 to over 40.

India's actions are not only a serious encroachment of Chinese territory, but a challenge to regional peace and stability and normal global order, it added. "The Indian border troops' crossing of the already delimited boundary is a very serious incident as it violates China's sovereignty and territorial integrity", it said. China also alleged obstructions by Indian troops while patrolling in their side of the border, in recent years. China also recommended that the two countries sign a fresh boundary convention to replace the 1890 treaty. Beijing is trying to give the impression that India opted for reduction in the number of troops on the sensitive border area after Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, held talks with Chinese leaders including his counterpart and China's State Counsellor Yang Jiechi.

However, China dismissed India's concerns saying: "To cross a delimited boundary and enter the territory of a neighbouring country on the grounds of so-called "security concerns", for whatever activities, runs counter to the basic principles of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations".

India has not pulled out its troops in Doklam where they are locked in a stand off with the Chinese army for almost two months, government sources said on Wednesday, rebuffing a claim by China that fewer Indian troops were stationed in the area in Sikkim sector. As of end of July, over 40 members of the Indian military and one piece of heavy earth-moving equipment remained in Chinese territory. An official said that there is has no escalation and the standoff continues.

It said 270 armed Indian border forces personnel crossed 100 metres into the Chinese side with bulldozers and tried to obstruct a road China was building two days after construction began.

The intrusion is nothing more than an attempt to "change the status quo" of the boundary, according to the document.

China also reiterated that it will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests. "This incident has happened in the demarcated border towards China, India should call its troops immediately and unconditionally, back in their area, this is the only condition and basis for resolving the deadlock".

New Delhi has, however, maintained that Beijing had agreed in 2012 to finalise the border issue consultatively and that unilaterally determining tri-junction points by China was "in violation of this understanding".

Indian troops stopped them from constructing the road, citing the pending ownership of Doklam.

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