No new developments at the face-off site: India statement on Doklam reports

By: | Updated: October 6, 2017 9:35 PM

With various reports coming about the situation in the Doklam region over the last 2 days, the Ministry of External Affairs released a statement that said, "Have seen recent press reports on Doklam.

No new developments at the face-off site: India statement on Doklam reports. (ANI)

With various reports coming about the situation in the Doklam region over the last 2 days, the Ministry of External Affairs released a statement that said, “Have seen recent press reports on Doklam. There are no new developments at the face-off site and its vicinity since 28 August disengagement. This was revealed by MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. He added, “The status quo prevails in the area. Any suggestion, on the contrary, is incorrect.” The ministry was reacting to recent press reports on Dokalam. As per PTI, the reports said that China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the site of the Dokalam standoff with India and even started widening an existing road which is at a distance of around 12 km from the area of conflict. Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Dokalam. Bhutan and India were in touch with each other during the course of the face-off that ended on August 28.


Earlier today, China defended the presence of its troops in the Dokalam area, over a month after the standoff with India ended, saying its soldiers are patrolling the region, also claimed by Bhutan, to exercise Beijing’s sovereignty. Donglang (Doklam) area has always belonged to China and has been under the effective jurisdiction of China,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI in response to questions about a report that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is beefing up troops in the area.  “There is no dispute. The Chinese border forces have been patrolling in the area of Donglang, exercising their sovereign rights and safeguarding territorial sovereignty according to the historical boundary,” the ministry said in a written response.

Recent reports in India said China has beefed up its troop strength in the area. Yesterday, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said Chinese troops were currently present in the Chumbi Valley, which is in the Dokalam Plateau, and added that a peaceful resolution of the issue would be in the interest of both countries. “The two sides are not in a physical face-off as we speak. However, their forces in Chumbi Valley are still deployed and I expect them to withdraw as their exercise in the area gets over,” Dhanoa said

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