1. Doklam standoff: China says India slapped its own face by deciding to build road in Ladakh

Doklam standoff: China says India slapped its own face by deciding to build road in Ladakh

China on Thursday said India has "slapped its own face" by deciding to build a road near Pangong Lake in Ladakh and it would only worsen the Doklam dispute.

By: | Beijing | Published: August 24, 2017 8:02 PM
china, china derogatory comment on india, china comment on india, india china border dispute, china india border dispute Beijing said the western sector of the boundary where India plans to build a road is not “delimited”. It warned that the move was not “conducive” to peace in the region. (Reuters)

China on Thursday said India has “slapped its own face” by deciding to build a road near Pangong Lake in Ladakh and it would only worsen the Doklam dispute. Beijing said the western sector of the boundary where India plans to build a road is not “delimited”. It warned that the move was not “conducive” to peace in the region. India’s Home Ministry has reportedly approved the building of a road from Marsimik La to Hot Spring in Ladakh. Marsimik La is about 20 km from Pangong Lake, where Indian and Chinese troops scuffled last week. India and China have a dispute over the Line of Actual Control in the western sector of Ladakh. “It seems that the Indian side is slapping its own face,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said reacting to the development. “The Indian side is closely following China’s road building, but India’s action itself has proven that the Indian side says something and does another,” she added. “Its words are complete contradictions to its deeds on the border issues,” she added.

“Now, the current road construction in that area by the Indian side is not conducive to peace and stability in that area.” “It will not help with settlement of the current situation,” Hua said referring to the Doklam crisis. “I should stress that the western section of the China-India boundary has not been delimited and the two sides have agreed to uphold peace and tranquillity before the disputes are settled,” Hua said.

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a standoff at Doklam in the Sikkim section for the past three months, which has led to escalation in bilateral tensions. The dispute began when India stalled the construction of a Chinese road in Doklam, which lies in the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan. Bhutan has also protested China’s road building activity in its territory.

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New Delhi perceives the Chinese road in Doklam a threat as the region is very close to its Siliguri corridor which connects India’s northeast with rest of the country. The 3,488 km de facto India-China border is divided into three sectors: west, middle and east.

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    Annu Chopra
    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm
    did china not slap its face in POK by building roads? Xi Jinpong isintoxipated with power. He thinks by acquiring weapons he has become sole arbiter of whatever happens in this world. His head needs to be smashed to pulp
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      Bandra
      Aug 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm
      Well its none of China's business to tell India where it should build its roads. Ladakh is not chinese territory nor is Tibet or Xinjiang. Both these Lands have been occupied by China forcibly based on its colonial and imperialist past. China is a double mouth fork tongue monster that talks as it suits its own greedy land grabbing policies based on maps of its colonist past. On the same basis one can say China is a part of Mon a or Japan or Britian as it itself was a part ot these empires at some stage or the other. So FO Hua.
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