Doklam standoff, Bhutan and its quest for greater freedom

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border

The stand-off between India and China emerged after Chinese troops were stopped by the Indian Army from constructing roads along the Doklam border.

Earlier, China had emphatically rejected India's interference in its ongoing boundary dispute with Bhutan in the Doklam area and again urged New Delhi to withdraw unconditionally and end the almost two-month long stand-off.

The spokesman also referred to a June 30 statement on India being in consultation with Bhutan on this matter.

Stating that it is a war with an obvious result in favour of China, the editorial said, "Indian border troops are no rival to People's Liberation Army field forces.

It may come as a surprise, but that is when the defence co-operation of India (with various countries) will bear fruit", Desai says in the interview. But the annual drill was suspended for four years after the first two editions in Kunming (2007) and Belagavi (2008), because of a raging diplomatic row on multiple visa issues, compounded by border frictions.

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.

"The PLA did not strike in the past month when Indian troops savagely trespassed into Chinese territory".

Karat said that the government was downplaying the issue, and it does seem as if some (China claims only 40 of the 400 Indian soldiers now remain) troops have been withdrawn.

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With India, the USA and China forming a "very combustible mixture right now", the fate of the ongoing Doklam standoff would largely depend upon events in the South China Sea, noted commentator on worldwide affairs, Meghnad Desai has said.

A Global Times editorial on Saturday, meanwhile, accused India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "gambling" his country's destiny.

On Thursday, senior diplomat and China's deputy chief of mission at its embassy in New Delhi Liu Jinsong had said that China had notified New Delhi twice - on May 18 and June 8 - regarding road construction in the area out of goodwill, but that there was no response from India at that time. No solution will be gained out of war because even after war, talks are required. We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation.

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 global treaties?"

India on Wednesday had reiterated that peace and tranquility along Indo-China border is an important prerequisite for smooth development of bilateral relations between the New Delhi and Beijing.

While the atmosphere in the region remains peaceful though tense, Indian troops are not favour of military action, The Hindu reported.

A PTI report from Beijing said that China's Yang conveyed Beijing's firm stand to Doval that India must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from the Doklam plateau with "no strings attached" to resolve the standoff.

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