Doklam dispute: China demands Indian withdrawal

Doklam dispute: China demands Indian withdrawal

Even though India is confident that Bhutan will never agree to sort out the boundary issue with China bilaterally, it has not gone unnoticed that sections of the Bhutanese press is insisting on evolving an independent outreach with the global community, including China.

Governments of both the People's Republic of China and post-independence India inherited the convention.

In the wake of the stand-off, the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar was cancelled.

Especially since the decision makes little sense given that these Chinese firms are active in fields considered more strategically important such as communication, electricity manufacturing equipment etc., as well as it goes against trying to get more of the income from the trade surplus back to India. "If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different", Jaitley said.

The Doklam matter, in which China attempted to build a road on Bhutanese territory in violation of agreements between Thimpu and Beijing, has escalated into a matter of worldwide concern.

The Foreign Ministry has lodged repeated representations to India over its trespass across this defined sector of the boundary, but Indian troops have remained in the Donglang area.

In 2013, with the obvious aim of bringing about the defeat of the then-sitting Bhutan prime minster, who had defied New Delhi's wishes by meeting with the Chinese premier, India withdrew energy subsidies to the country.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay's response comes hours after the Chinese defence ministry delivered another warning. "Patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems".

The US and other great powers have thus far made only pro forma statements urging the two sides to pursue a diplomatic solution. After meeting National Security Advisors (NSAs) of BRICS countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised their efforts in enhancing mutual trust and cooperation. That's why Doklam is not the lone issue.

Amid the Doklam standoff between India and China, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday appealed to the people of the country to boycott the use of Chinese products and asserted the need to reclaim Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) from Pakistan.

Indian and Chinese troops are involved in a tense face-off in the area for the past six weeks, but there have been no hostilities as yet.

Over one month has passed since the outbreak of the incident.

Lashing out on the opposition, Sushma Swaraj said that the opposition needs to stand with the government on such critical issues.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reiterated India's stance on the ongoing standoff near Sikkim border, claiming that "peaceful diplomatic" steps are being taken to resolve the dispute. "It is a big support and a key country in India's economic development". For them, there's a lot at stake, risk here.

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