wnol.info August 23 2017


As Border Standoff Continues, China Warns India of 'Resolve'

August 23 2017, 11:12 | Perry Erickson

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"India should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions", Qian was quoted as saying by Reuters.

"Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard", he said, adding Chinese troops had undertaken emergency response measures and would step up deployment and drills in the area.

Before Wu's statement heradling the 90th anniversary of the PLA on August 1, the Chinese official media, in an editorial, said that the current face off between the Indian and Chinese troops "if not properly handled, could easily be the fuse that ignites a military clash between the two countries".

Indian troops crossed the border with China in mid-June to obstruct road construction in Doklam region, according to the government.

The disputed land - Doklam - has always been claimed by Chinese as their territory and is allegedly planning to build a road there.

Wu, however, reiterated that the withdrawal of Indian border guards was a precondition to resolving the situation.

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.

Wu called for a joint effort to maintain peace in border areas and "strongly urged" India to stop the "provocation".

"China's determination and resolve to safeguard national security and sovereignty is unshakable", Wu told reporters.

China said today that it will safeguard its security interests at “any cost” as its sovereignty was “indomitable”, amid a standoff with India in the Sikkim sector.

The spokesman warned India to abandon any impractical illusions.

But will that be at the cost of the Indian decision to push its troops into Doklam?

"The crossing of the mutually recognized worldwide border by India is a serious violation of China's territory and runs against global law", he said. Indian forces are stationed in Doklam, where Chinese forces were trying to build road in the disputed territory.

Asked whether the Doklam stand-off will figure in the BRICS NSAs' meeting since the agenda included discussion on regional hotspot issues, Lu said, "China and India enjoy smooth diplomatic channels".

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit Beijing to attend the BRICS NSA's meeting on July 27-28.



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