Special envoys have no role on Doklam standoff, China tells India

Jerome Frank
August 7, 2017

Raising the rhetoric, a Chinese expert has claimed that China might launch a military offensive against Indian troops in Doklam within two weeks, and that New Delhi will be told about the operation in advance.

A standoff between Indian and Chinese troops is continuing along the border in Doklam in Sikkim sector close to the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, since June 16.

While Beijing maintains that the 1890 pact between Great Britain and China on Sikkim and Tibet has "delimited" or settled the boundary along Sikkim, India refers to a 2012 written understanding between special representatives on India-China boundary alignment in the Sikkim sector, and says the 1890 pact is the basis for future agreement for final demarcation of boundary in this region, The Economic Times points out.

According to a report in The Times of India, China's deputy chief of mission met his counterpart from Nepal in New Delhi in a courtesy call, during which China's stand on the issue was discussed.

State councillor Yang Jiechi had conveyed China's firm stand to NSA Ajit Doval that India must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops, with "no strings attached", to resolve the Doklam standoff.

Speaking of the standoff and the prior warnings that China had given India, Hu said: "India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences".

Beijing sees a clear demarcation of borders according to the 1890 treaty-claiming 89 sq km in the Doklam plateau south of where India sees the China-Bhutan border-but Delhi thinks Beijing is mistaken.

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The article said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can easily and effectively destroy Indian troops at Doklam.

The editorial added, "India is concerned that the road China was building in Doklam might threaten the security of the Siliguri Corridor", however, it questioned that "how does that justify Indian troops' incursion into another country in utter disregard of worldwide treaties?" But China has been lashing out at India nearly every day, seeking immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the area. It said the Modi government should stop "lying".

The two sides' troops then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from its close ally, Bhutan, and gives China access to the so-called Chicken's Neck, a thin strip of land connecting India and its remote northeastern regions.

An editorial published in the Global Times claimed that the Chinese PLA has "sufficient preparation for military confrontation" and that it would be "a war with an obvious result". No solution will be gained out of war because even after war, talks are required.

Explaining why China has not yet resorted to war, the editorial said, "So why hasn't the PLA started?"

Calling for the "immediate and unconditional" withdrawal of Indian troops, it warned Beijing would "take all necessary measures" to safeguard its interests.

As of the end of July, there were still over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer illegally staying in Chinese territory.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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