Coordinating with Bhutan on Dokalam issue

Sunday, 06 Aug, 2017

It also urged New Delhi to withdraw unconditionally and end the almost two-month long stand-off.

It said there were still 40 Indian troop in Chinese territory, although the number has dropped from a peak of 400.

While the Indian troops succeeded in thwarting China's belligerent designs, it resulted in a standoff since June 16. Bhutan requested Indian assistance, and India rushed in troops, seeing a threat to the nearby Siliguri Corridor that connects India's central mass to its northeastern territory.

"There are differences and problems between India and China".

The Defence Ministry of China has urged India to immediately withdraw its troops to the Indian side of the boundary, as the military stand-off in the Doklam region drags on.

Last month India, the United States, and Japan held what Trump boasted was the largest-ever Indian Ocean naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal. "Otherwise, they would not have used this term "early harvest" as we say "low hanging fruit", Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj pointed out in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. And a solution will also emerge from far as economic strength is concerned, China is one of the leading countries among major contributors and economic partners.

Three photos were attached to the statement, showing the illegal trespass of Indian troops.

The statement included a thinly-veiled threat of military action.

China has said that it has shown "utmost goodwill" over the prolonged military standoff with India in the Sikkim sector but warned that its "restraint" has a "bottom line". Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.

India must not expect China to concede its violation of China's territory, analysts said, after a spokesman from the Ministry of National Defense issued a statement warning India to abandon illusions.

Speaking to the media, Ramdev also alleged China of supporting "terrosits" from across the border in Pakistan.

But India has itself long treated Bhutan as a protectorate. India's response has been measured, always calling for dialogue to solve the crisis in Sikkim sector.

"We are not negotiating only on Doklam, we are talking about bilateral relations in entirety".

However, a handful of columnists have expressed concern about the brazenness with which India has treated Bhutan. India doesn't claim it's right on the land but agrees that it be acting on behalf of Bhutan.

India and China have been locked in a war of words over the Doklam plateau for over a month now.

India's actions are not only a serious encroachment of Chinese territory, but a challenge to regional peace and stability and normal global order, it added. Once domestic politics is out of the equation, the two countries can then silently work out a diplomatic solution.

One only hopes that China would not come to the conclusion that soft stand of the Indian foreign Minister was due to India's fear of military power of China and India has become panicky and is not confident of conducting any military confrontation with China. "This makes it hard for China or India to back down", said a Beijing-based source who is familiar with the discussions between the two sides.

New Delhi is aggressively courting and seeking to forge anti-China factions within the local bourgeois elites.

Playing for time suits India's domestic compulsions too.

It's also commendable that instead of matching Beijing's vitriol, New Delhi has been calm yet firm on Doklam.

Even as India continues to toe a fine line over the Doklam stand-off, China for the first time has hit a positive chord.

In an interview with the Hindu, Joshua T. White, a former top diplomat in the Obama administration, made clear that Washington would not remain on the sidelines in the event of a clash between India and China.