Road construction has serious implications, India tells China

Sikkim row China releases map to show where Indian troops allegedly crossed into its territory

Sikkim row China releases map to show where Indian troops allegedly crossed into its territory

India is not happy with the developments in Doklam since China is trying to build a road in the area. Beijing has warned India and USA against adventuring in the South China Sea besides criticising the Indian Army chief's assertion that India is ready for war on two-and-half fronts.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being received with high honours by US President Donald Trump in Washington on June 26, China ratcheted up pressure on India along the sensitive Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction of the 4,057-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The feeling in India is that the unilateral actions to restore status quo against tiny Bhutan in the Doklam plateau has caused tension between China and its neighbours.

"The photographs released on our website were taken at the Doka La mountain pass at Sikkim section after the Indian border troops trespassed into Chinese territory on June 18", Lu said, "The Indian troops trespassed the recognised and delineated boundary between China and India. We hope that the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from history lessons and stop such clamoring for war", said Colonel Wu Qian, a PLA spokesman, on Thursday.

While a shrill Chinese defence ministry has aggressively reminded the Indian Army chief of the 1962 military defeat of India, New Delhi's statement today is more restrained: "India cherishes peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas".

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"Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of this understanding", the statement said. Beijing had also accused India of being a "third-party" to the China-Bhutan dispute.

Following the June 16 incident, Bhutan officially lodged a protest at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on June 20. "The area where the Chinese side undertakes road construction totally belongs to Chinese territory". India has asked China to maintain restraint and status quo.

It has also charged India with acting at the behest of Bhutan, which also lays claim to Donglong. Both the countries share three worldwide tri-junctions - with Bhutan, Myanmar and Afghanistan. "The pictures clearly show that the Indian soldiers and vehicles have overstepped the crest which is defined as the boundary and entered Chinese territory", said Lu. India says the matter has been under discussion between both Indian and Chinese foreign ministries in New Delhi and Beijing.

Specific mention in the Modi-Trump joint statement of India and the U.S. expanding "engagements on shared maritime objectives" and reiteration of their joint call for "respecting freedom of navigation" in the Indo-Pacific have not gone down well in China since these moves impinge on Chinese military objectives.

On Thursday, Bhutan said the construction of the road inside its territory was a violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements with China.

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