Stop making territorial claims on Bhutan's behalf: China tells India

Friday, 04 Aug, 2017

"This is a prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident", the statement added.

"Over the following days the number of Indian trespassers reached 400 with two bulldozers and three tents, and reached as deep as 180 metres [into Chinese territory]", the statement said, according to the South China Morning Post. The Chinese diplomat also accused India of "embarrassing" Bhutan by deploying troops in Doklam.

The document maintained that China had no issues with Bhutan and both sides were deliberating on the boundary issue and this was of no concern to India.

The Indian border troops have flagrantly crossed the mutually-recognized boundary to intrude into the Chinese territory and violated China' s territorial sovereignty.

"The incursion can be viewed as part of a greater strategic competition between China and India, one that is influenced by Trump's push for a closer partnership with India", he said. It lies at the junction between China, the Indian state of Sikkim and Bhutan. Internationally, the ongoing uncertainties in the Trump White House and the overall U.S. approach towards global issues wherein the United States seems to be withdrawing from most of its commitments is giving China the scope for power projection.

The Opposition on Thursday cornered the government in Parliament on the standoff with China over the Doklam issue.

India has said it warned China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications. But the conflicting statements do tell us something about how much both sides have at stake here-and why neither one is willing to back down.

China also had nearly the same number of its soldiers there. "It is not a matter of numbers, the point is there are still Indians remaining", he said.

Bhutan has apparently tried to distance itself from India's steps.

In its 15-page document, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the number of Indian soldiers has decreased from 270 to 40 after the start of this deadlock in Dokalam.

Bhutan has also expressed its wish to return the situation to what it was before June 16.

Sources in the government dismissed China's claim that India had pulled back most of its troops and reiterated that mutual withdrawal of troops alone could lead to resolution of the stand-off.

# China has big investments in India. "It is unfortunate that they didn't ask us (India government) for the reports on Doklam". "China is acting unusually aggressive", he said.

China had notified the Indian side in advance through the border meeting mechanism.

"China really wants to resolve this ahead of the BRICS summit". This will help prevent an all-out conflict as economic considerations will prevail, says geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen.

Officials here have refused to be baited by China's high-pitched rhetoric - something which they attribute to Beijing's necessity to condition the country for a de-escalation, lest they appear to have blinked in a military face-off in the lead-up to the crucial 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party scheduled in October.

He believes that "India actually has some leverage after joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization - economic development is predicated on cooperation and "strength in numbers".