Border standoff: India warns of serious impact

Sunday, 02 Jul, 2017

India warned China on Friday that construction of a road near their common border would have serious security implications, as China's Foreign Ministry denied its troops had violated the territory of India's ally, Bhutan.

This is a climbdown for Beijing which earlier ruled out any talks until India withdrew its troops from "Chinese territory".

"After the statement of the government of Bhutan, I think the situation is absolutely clear".

Meanwhile NewsX has accessed satellite images of China's incursions into Bhutan, where it has built roads and barracks on the territory of Bhutan.

Stepping up its claims that India had "trespassed", China has now released a map showing the site of the stand-off as well as China's territorial claims at the India-China-Bhutan trijunction that are in conflict with India's and Bhutan's claims.

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As per China, Indian troops "trespassed" and crossed the border on June 18 and they have used blue arrows to mark the Doka La pass where Indian troops allegedly "crossed the border". Bhutan alleges People's Liberation Army of constructing a motorable road from Dokala in the Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp at Zompelri on 16 June. "So the most pressing issue should be the withdrawal of troops into the Indian territory. It is also important that the consensus reached between India and China through the Special Representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides".

The Eastern Army Command and the Eastern Air Command both have integrated protection of Bhutan into their role.

Precisely for this reason Bhutan, a largely Buddhist country, has already issued a demarche to China.

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Nathu La has been stopped by China.

The MEA said India has consistently taken a positive approach to the settlement of its own boundary with China, along with associated issue of tri-junctions. The showdown is, however, part of a wider friction between India and China over the 4,057 kilometer (2,520 mile) border.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" is in violation of a 2012 India-China agreement, which states that the boundary will be decided by consulting all the concerned parties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping in a BRICS group interaction on the sidelines of the G-20 in Hamburg next week. China is trying to alter the present status-quo.