China border tension worsens as Beijing issues warning to withdraw troops

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China border tension worsens as Beijing issues warning to withdraw troops

On the other hand, India said the Chinese action to construct the road was unilateral and changed the status quo. "The Chinese military will resolutely protect its territorial sovereignty and security interests", he added. But that could be tough.

Blaming New Delhi for the border tensions between India and China, Hu said, "India should bear all the consequences". The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday mentioned a "non-paper" provided by the Indian side during a meeting of the special representatives on the boundary issue on May 10, 2006.

In the latest verbal attack from Chinese state media over the border standoff near the India-China-Bhutan trijunction, the Global Times editorial said, "If the Modi government refuses to stop, it will push its country into a war that India has no power to control". India halted a road construction by Chinese soldiers in Doklam in mid-June, citing the pending ownership of the region.

So, it is reassuring to hear India's external affairs minister rule out war as an option and talk about diplomacy as the only solution for India's current standoff with China. Talks are happening behind the scenes, but with little apparent progress.

Ren reiterated China's known stand saying it would be futile to take Chinese forces lightly. Words are used articulately and in a very measured tone so as not to aggravate matters and jeopardize any possibility of a thaw in an iced relationship.

Today, no country in Asia has any doubt that China has definite expansionist plans and it wants to browbeat other Asian countries by it's economic or military strength or by using both. "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.

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".

Bhutan co-operates closely with India in determining its foreign policy, and the Indian Army is involved in the training of its armed forces.

However, India denied a military buildup.

Bhutan recognises Doklam as its area while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

On Thursday, Chinese officials urged Indian troops to withdraw immediately, warning of "serious consequences" if they did not. He added government is prepared and it is the country's responsibility to ensure security of its citizen and its territory.

In her statement in Rajya Sabha yesterday, Sushma Swaraj stated that for tackling such high-intensity issues, one needs to control the comments and show patience.

Even though there are some signs that the India-China standoff in Doklam is thawing on the ground, Beijing is keeping up its strident rhetoric. Sources said 15-20 soldiers came in at each time.

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