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07 August 2017, 01:09 | Damon Campbell
China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border
External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay, however, refused to comment whether there was reduction of Indian troops at the tri-junction between India-China-Bhutan, saying, "these are operational matters, whether on our side or on the other side". China claims the region as its own, even as it belongs to Bhutan and there was a 2012 agreement between the countries that any change in the status quo would be done in consultation with the three parties - India, China and Bhutan.
However, he did not confirm or deny Chinese contention that India was given prior notice over the construction of the road in Doklam near the Sikkim sector, saying, it will not be correct to give details of all diplomatic interactions.
The ongoing border standoff in Doklam between India and China could escalate further.
It also urged Modi government to stop lying to its people that "India in 2017 is different from India in 1962", adding that "the gap in national strength between the two countries is the largest in the past 50 years".
Caught between two bigger powers flexing their muscles, the time will come sooner or later when Bhutan will have to take some calculated risks: establish ties and solve border disputes with China and face the wrath of its longtime ally India, or let border issues with China linger, increasing the likelihood of China overstepping its boundary, and let India do all the heavy lifting (to keep China in check) when push comes to shove.
The article said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can easily and effectively destroy Indian troops at Doklam. "Indian army has no comparison as long as the Chinese army is concerned".
The editorial, known for its hard hitting stance on India, said, "The Indian government's move is irresponsible to regional security and is gambling against India's destiny and its people's well-being".
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China and India have always been suspicious of each other, a legacy of the 1962 border war, India's playing host to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and China's close relations with India's regional rival Pakistan. China wants Indian troops to turn back without any conditions, whereas India has clearly told China that no talks can be held until both sides decide to retreat from their respective positions.
"China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiation and the only solution is the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the region", said a commentary Friday by the official Xinhua News Agency.
"It is a war with an obvious result", the editorial said. China cherishes the decade-long peace on the border and wishes not to break it.
China's Foreign Ministry has accused India of building up troops and repairing roads at a military stand-off alongside its border in the Himalayan region.
"India, which has stirred up the incident, should bear all the consequences".
The document says that as of the end of July, more than 40 Indian border troops remained, down from more than 270 with weapons and two bulldozers who advanced more than 100 meters (yards) into Chinese territory on June 16.
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