Sikkim standoff at Doklam: China today sent a stern message to India as the tension between New Delhi and Beijing over the border is escalating day by day. Chinese defence ministry has asserted that shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People’s Liberation Army is hard. Underlining that its military would continue to increase focused deployments and drills, a government official said that Narendra Modi government should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions, according to Reuters report. Notably, India and China share a 3,500-km border. Last month, China claimed that India troops had crossed into Doklam, an area which is claimed by the neighbouring as its own Donglang region.
Notably, New Delhi had categorically told China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications. On the other hand, China has maintained that withdrawal of Indian army would only resolve the situation, the report says. “We strongly urge India to take practical steps to correct its mistake, cease provocations, and meet China halfway in jointly safeguarding the border region’s peace and tranquillity,” Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told media.
Meanwhile, during a speech in Parliament over the issue, External Affairs Minister had reacted strongly against China’s claim. Swaraj had said that China intends to unilaterally change the status of the Sikkim tri-junction with Bhutan, which poses a challenge to India’s security. While informing the Parliament that other countries of the world are supporting India on the issue, Swaraj also referred to the written agreement between India, China and Bhutan in 2012 that the three nations will together decide on the boundaries at the tri-junction point.
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According to Swaraj, China had been constructing roads in the area earlier also but now they have brought in bulldozers and excavators. “Their (China’s) intention was to reach the tri-junction so that they can unilaterally end the status of the tri-junction. It was only then that India came into the picture. “If China unilaterally changes the tri-junction point, then India’s security is challenged,” she said, adding Bhutan has also protested in writing to China on this issue.